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Bus travel from Hamilton to:
- Franz Josef
- Matamata (for Hobbiton)
- Mt Maunganui
- National Park
- New Plymouth
- Paihia (Bay of Islands)
- Palmerston North
- Te Anau
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Services From Hamilton
Hamilton is known for abundant parks, walkways, river jet boating and river cruises, agriculture research, Waikato University, stud farms and the annual National Field day and Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.
Education and research are important to the city, through the University of Waikato, and Wintec (Waikato Institute of Technology). Research at the Ruakura centre has been responsible for much of New Zealand's innovation in agriculture.
Hamilton annually hosts the National Agricultural Field days at Mystery Creek, the southern hemisphere's biggest agricultural trade exhibition. Mystery Creek is the country's largest event centre and hosts other events of national importance, such as the National Car Show and the National Boat Show.
Manufacturing and retail are also important to the local economy, as is the provision of health services through the Waikato Base Hospital. The city is home to New Zealand's largest aircraft manufacturer, Pacific Aerospace who manufactured their 1,000th aircraft in August 2009, and Max Clear Aviation who manufacture and export high quality micro light aircraft. It also has its largest concentration of trailer-boat manufacturers such as Buccaneer.
Recent years have seen the
firm establishment of the New Zealand base of the British flight training
organisation CTC Aviation training over 100 airline pilots a year at its
"Crew Training Centre" at Hamilton International Airport.
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