Hamilton is not far south of Auckland and is in the region of Waikato in the North Island of New Zealand. This area is particularly well known for its landscape that was used when filming both the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. The city is New Zealand's fourth most populous city. Flights from London generally include two stopovers, one of which is generally in either Auckland or Wellington. For those coming from the UK who are looking to reduce the number of flights, it may be worth considering flying to Auckland and then taking a bus to Hamilton as the journey is only an hour and a half. If you land in Wellington however, it is definitely worth taking a flight from Wellington to Hamilton as a bus journey takes approximately 7 hours. On your arrival in Hamilton, The Hamilton Gardens, which are just south of central Hamilton, are a must-see for tourists and are particularly enjoyable during the summer months. For those searching for some retail therapy The Base shopping centre is exactly what you are looking for and houses a wide range of shops.