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(For other meanings, see Hamilton (disambiguation).)


Hamilton City (Kirikiriroa) is one of New Zealand's "Five Main Centres", having been promoted to the top group after its urban area's population passed that of Dunedin last century.

Straddling the Waikato River, State Highway 1, and the North Island Main Trunk Railway, Hamilton is the chief town of the fertile and populous Waikato Region.

One of its claims to fame is that protesters against apartheid stopped a rugby test against the whites-only South African team there in 1981.

Its population is 170 000.

It is named, like Dunedin, after a Scottish town.


Territorial Authority Districts of New Zealand
Cities:
Auckland | Hamilton | Tauranga | Napier | Palmerston North | Porirua | Upper Hutt | Lower Hutt | Wellington | Nelson* | Christchurch | Dunedin | Invercargill
Districts:
North Island: Far North | Whangarei | Kaipara | Thames-Coromandel | Hauraki | Waikato | Matamata-Piako | Waipa | South Waikato | Otorohanga | Rotorua | Waitomo | Taupo | Western Bay of Plenty | Whakatane | Kawerau| Opotiki | Gisborne* | Wairoa | Hastings | Central Hawke's Bay | New Plymouth | Stratford | South Taranaki | Ruapehu | Wanganui | Rangitikei | Manawatu | Tararua | Horowhenua | Kapiti Coast | Masterton | Carterton | South Wairarapa
South Island: Tasman* | Marlborough* | Buller | Grey | Westland | Kaikoura | Hurunui | Waimakariri | Selwyn | Ashburton | Timaru | Mackenzie | Waimate | Waitaki | Queenstown-Lakes | Central Otago | Clutha | Gore | Southland
Territory: Chatham Islands
*unitary authorities



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