It is named after a slain naval hero from a distant battle, but Hamilton ironically has less to do with the sea than any other large centre in New Zealand.
The land brings Hamilton its fame, with some of the richest, greenest farmland anywhere and the largest concentration of farm animals per hectare in the world. There are, of course, sheep. But dairy farming is the big industry here, with the Te Rapa dairy factory touted as one of the globe's busiest dried milk operations.
First settled by the Maori along the gravel banks of the Waikato River, life in this city of more than 120,000 still has much to do with that waterway. It's renowned for the trout pulled out by sports fishermen. It's great for watersports. And the Waikato's currents have been harnessed to supply hydro-electricity to much of the North Island.
Hamilton is also the gateway to the famed Waitamo Caves, with its massive underground chambers and bizarre glow worm grottos.