A few hours in Hamilton?

There is a beautifully preserved and very colourful building on Victoria Street in Hamilton.  You can’t miss it. It’s painted orange, red and blue and it screams “look at me”.  A building like this deserves to be the home of exuberance and creativity and this one is. This is where you will find ArtsPost, a place packed with gorgeous local art.

ArtsPost is the place to go for gifts for that hard- to- buy- for person (we all have one of those, right?) , or a piece of Kiwiana with a contemporary twist. These are high quality ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles and paintings. Unique and quirky and covetable.  I’m not sure how I managed to escape without denting my credit card, perhaps because I know that I’ll be back soon.

ArtsPost is dedicated to developing and promoting artists, so not is  art for sale, its also on display in three bright rooms with soft white walls that are a perfect backdrop for constantly changing exhibitions.

After filling your soul with beauty you might need to fill your stomach so do like we did and wander northwards along Victoria Street past cafes and eateries of all sorts. The 150 000 people in Hamilton certainly are spoilt for choice. We picked Mexico, a favourite of ours from Auckland.  It was the same colourful, quirky interior with the same fresh, tasty food; definitely a ‘go to’ place. The Hamilton version is huge compared to the Mexico restaurants in Auckland and it was buzzing at lunchtime when we arrived.

Now that you’ve been fed, cross the road and take a look at Browsers – a second hand bookshop that ISN’T dark and dusty or hard to find. It’s like the home library that you wish you had. Comfy chairs, wall-to-ceiling bookshelves and lots and lots of light…and books. Rachel will help you find what you’re looking for and I challenge you to leave without a volume of two.

If you’ve got time, and the sun is shining, follow one of the “River Walk” signposts.  There are 11kms of track along the banks of the Waikato River which runs through the centre of Hamilton. It’s popular with walkers, runners and cyclists or you could just grab an icecream and watch the boats on the river.

And last, but definitely not least, say hello to Riff Raff. Remember doing the time warp? The Rocky Horror Picture Show was created by Richard O’Brien who lived in Hamilton and played Riff Raff in the movie. Weta Workshop (of Lord of the Rings fame) made the statue. Believe it or not, it has a website and webcam at www.riffraffstatue.org.

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