Originally Posted by citybanklondon
8- What about Hamilton - is that a nic place to live - what are the pros and cons of Hamilton? perhaps fewer jobs as its a smaller place
I'm probably biased because I was born here in Hamilton. But yes, it is a nice place to live. I like it anyway. It is a smaller place, about 150,000 people, but about 250,000 in a 20 km radius.
One of the advantages is that it's so central. Auckland is an hour or so away. They are currently in the process of completing the remaining sections of 4 laning the highway Hamilton-Auckland, so its getting to be a pretty easy trip. You have Tauranga on the east, about an hour and half away, with possibly the best beach in NZ (Mt Maunganui). Raglan on the west, a cosy, smallish seaside resort about half hour away. The Mountains to the South for skiing about 2 and half hours away. Taupo, a lakeside holiday resort about 2 hours away, also to the South.
I wouldn't say jobs are scarcer, the unemployment rate is probably similar to Auckland, but they definitely would be scarcer in specialist areas like computer graphics design etc. The weather has greater extremes than Auckland. Auckland temperatures are more constant, hardly ever getting to freezing point, but also rarely above 25 degrees, because of sea breezes etc. Hamilton probably has about 10 or so frosts per year, but also in summer it is quite often the hottest place in NZ because of it being in a sort of inland sheltered valley.
Hamilton, along with Palmerston North, is sometimes the butt of many a joke by other NZers. They say it's like boredom city. But I don't think so