Settling in Waikato
As Immigration Consultants near Hamilton, we provide advice and assistance for clients with visa issues in Hamilton and the surrounding Waikato area. Often applicants are those who have completed their studies and searching for jobs. Or they could be new potential migrants wanting to escape a big city life wanting a more relaxed lifestyle. Either way, we provide a great service for applicants in Hamilton which is essential for peace of mind and successful results.
Finding work and a place to settle in New Zealand is hard enough however waikato area is a growing area for new migrants and settlements. Apart from Hamilton Centre, other popular places are Cambridge , Taupo, Thames and Coromandel Peninsula. These migrations away from big cites like Auckland are seeing unprecedented growth and new trends with lifestyle becoming a priority over work and money. These growing trends will only strengthen in the future as New Zealand develops its local regional base and economy.
Tourism & Growth
In Hamilton there are plenty of IT businesses, dairy farms and the main producer Fonterra. Hamilton is a growing city with new area being developed in the city fringes with retail offices and new shopping malls. All this offers a relaxed lifestyle with the Waikato river nearby and real estate at an affordable price compared to Auckland.
A geographically and culturally diverse area, the Hamilton & Waikato region has a range of activities and attractions to suit all ages and tastes – from surfing world-class breaks and crawling through caves to wine tasting and heritage trails.
It’s currently the 4th largest economies in New Zealand, largely due to agriculture, farms and business services. However tourism is developing fast and many attractions are very popular for tourism. These include Hobbiton, Hamilton Gardens Comma Raglan, Putaruru and Waitomo caves.
With the advent of online immigration services in 2016 it doesn’t really matter to have physical consultation and travel to Auckland where we are based. Not only that we persist customers globally so it doesn’t make much difference regarding geography. Often we speak to applicants on the phone or via email for a quick and accurate assessment followed by a consultation for a visa service.
We have assisted many applicants in the waikato area and have had great success with their immigration applications. If you are living in this area or thinking of moving there then contact us now and we can see if we can assist you with your visa application.
Attractions around Hamilton
Hamilton’s location is the location perfect point for an excursion. Geographically its only within a couple of hours’ driving distance from some of the North Island’s popular tourist spots (such as Auckland, Rotorua and Tauranga), and is also surrounded by a number of top destinations. Here are the best of them.
The amazing glowworm caves are just an hour south of Hamilton. Waitomo is famous for its rolling hills, unspoiled greenery and limestone caverns that have been around for millennia. A scenic underground cruise is the best way to see the glowworms. If you’re looking for an adventurous thrill, the area is also a great spot for caving, abseiling and black water rafting.
Its a must for Tolkien fans visiting Hobbiton. A 45-minute drive will transport you into Peter Jackson’s rendition of Middle Earth. Bus coaches regularly depart from Hamilton into the movie set too. A tour of this lush Kaimai Ranges location will guide you along 12 acres, which consists of Hobbit holes, the Mill and the World Dragon Inn. Those who want to ramp up their Lord of the Rings experience should also consider exploring some of the other filming locations around the Waikato region, including the Weather Drop Hollow, near Port Waikato and Trollshow Forest.
Raglan is a beachside town 48 kilometres west of Hamilton. It is a summer hot spot for surfers who are drawn by its consistent breaks and swells. Ngarunui (Ocean) beach is a good practice spot for less experienced surfers, while Manu Bay, Whale Bay and Ruapuke offer a challenge for seasoned veterans. Raglan also has an arty flair with its landscapes and natural surroundings inspiring many paintings, photography projects and local exhibitions. In fact, the Raglan Arts Weekend, held every January on the town’s Anniversary Day, was set up to celebrate this local surge in creativity.
Cambridge is a small town situated within a 30-minute drive from Hamilton. It is locally known as ‘the town of champions’, because it has produced many sporting superstars along the years.
Tirau is a small rural Waikato town 50 kilometres (31.1 miles) southeast of Hamilton. Don’t let its size deceive you though, the town is quite famous for its collection of grandiose attractions. The local i-Site Visitor Centre is housed in a corrugated iron building shaped like a big dog, while a pair of massive sheep look after the town’s wool and craft shop.
Putaruru sits on the Oraka river, 65 kilometres (40.4 miles) south-east of Hamilton. Over the years, the town has earned international attention because of its picturesque Blue Spring, where much of New Zealand’s bottled water comes from.
Otorohanga is 45 minutes from Hamilton or locally known as the Kiwiana Town – basically, a place that identifies or relates to the New Zealand sense of identity. The Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Park is its most famous must-do, housing the country’s best renowned bird specie as well as a myriad of other native wildlife. The town’s Sir Edmund Hillary walkway is where you’ll get to see its largest collection of cultural icons.
The Waikato War Driving Tour
For heritage and history fans, it’s a good way to get familiar with the battle sites in the area. Its starting point is Highwic in Auckland. It takes an hour-and-a-half to drive in from Hamilton. The journey then follows on to focus on the Waikato region, sweeping past the Bombay Hills to Whangamarino, Rangiriri and Ngaruawahia, before heading into Orakau, Pirongia and King Country.