Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Hamilton wins New Zealand’s Most Beautiful Large City award

Hamilton wins New Zealand’s Most Beautiful Large City award
October 31, 2020

Award-winning gardens, vibrant murals, clean streets, an improved kerbside collection service and the stunning Waikato River have seen Hamilton named New Zealand’s Most Beautiful Large City at this year’s Keep New Zealand Beautiful awards.

Presented via a virtual live stream on Thursday evening, the awards recognise and acknowledge towns, cities, community groups and businesses that are working hard to keep New Zealand beautiful.

In assessing the awards, judges were treated to a city-wide tour which showcased some of the city’s stunning infrastructure and parks. They also saw a video summarising why Hamilton deserved to take the win.

Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate said she was “thrilled” by the win, noting “we have a stunning city, I hear that a lot when I am hosting visitors and locals already know that’s the case.  

“It’s one of the reasons people choose to live in Hamilton. We have amazing green spaces like the Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park, destination playgrounds and our Hamilton Gardens – those things are all well known.”

“And it’s impossible to not love our beautiful awa, the Waikato River, which anchors our city and which we are finally beginning to celebrate.”

Mayor Southgate said Hamiltonians were “intensely proud” of their city, advising “this award belongs to all of us and that includes the people from Hamilton City Council as well as the dedicated community groups who work hard to make this a place where people thrive

“Council staff are on the ground every day sweeping leaves, planting trees, fixing potholes, removing graffiti, sowing flowers and much more. They not only keep our city running, they also keep it beautiful and I for one really appreciate that.”

Related Articles

30th September 2020 - Hamilton lights up in support of the entertainment and events industry

14th September 2020 - Hamilton City Council to undertake further consultation on future of Founders Theatre

3rd August 2020 - Hamilton’s Waterworld Te Rapa back with a splash

4th May 2020 - Hamilton City Council advises that playgrounds still off limits to keep the community safe

22nd April 2020 - Kitchens at Hamilton’s Claudelands Events Centre stay busy producing meals for those in need

7th February 2020 - Hamilton City Council looks to enhance water saving efforts        

24th January 2020 - Entertainment and safety key as Hamilton readies for Rugby Sevens party

5th December 2019 - Hamilton Play Strategy gets recognition from Recreation Aotearoa

28th November 2019 - Hamilton’s H3 scoops two EVANZ industry awards

2nd August 2019 - Hamilton Waterworld and Central Library score silver accessibility ratings

9th May 2019 - Hamilton’s Hare Puke Park playground named New Zealand’s best

1st February 2019 - Hamilton stadium manager presented with piece of history

9th April 2018 - Hamilton Zoo sets new attendance record

12th March 2020 - 25 years of Chiefs Rugby to be celebrated at FMG Stadium Waikato

4th November 2019 - New Zealand Government provides $12 million for new theatre in Waikato

28th August 2019 - Hamilton City Council confident of safety of stand at Waikato Stadium

21st November 2018 - Dunedin wins Most Beautiful City Award

27th February 2016 - Hamilton City Council retains Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park as part of ecological project

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all


Vticket Pty Ltd is the Australian and New Zealand distributor for Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc., the world leader in high-speed access control, admission control and ticketing software for the…

read more

Attractions / Security / Technology / Ticketing / Venues


Yellowbox Lockers

Yellowbox is an Australian technology company that has developed smart locker technology operated through an app with a focus on experience for users and facility managers. Found at Beaches, Aquatic…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Entertainment / Retail / Security


Aflex Inflatables

Aflex Inflatables are the leaders for obstacle courses, pool toys, waterparks and land-based watersides and fitness runs. They are industry leaders offering the widest range of pool, lake and beach…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Waterparks



Over the past 10 years Debitsuccess has been providing expert billing services to businesses across Australia. Debitsuccess is now the largest full service direct debit provider in Australasia,…

read more

Billing / Finance / Fitness / Golf / Recreation



Swimplex Aquatics are a world-class company dedicated to the commercial pool, waterslide industry. We are Australian market leaders servicing all states Australia wide. Swimplex provide a full…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Design / Play / Waterparks


ProSlide Technology

ProSlide is the global leader in water ride design and manufacturing, supplying high-performance water attractions to new and expanding water parks around the world. For over three decades, ProSlide…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Waterparks


State Wide Pool Services

Known as Hydrilla since September 2020 - see

read more



Summit Fitness

Summit Fitness Equipment is now part of NovoFit - see

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business