Join your coach and fellow travellers as we travel down the southern motorway past the market gardening area of Bombay. We will follow the Waikato River through lush farmland passing by the wine growing area of Te Kauwhata and the coal mining town of Huntly before arriving in the City of Hamilton. Here we will enjoy an hour cruise onboard the Waikato River Explorer (fully licensed café onboard). We cruise down through the center of Hamilton City—a totally unique way to view New Zealand’s largest inland city. Highlights include several 100 year-old bridges, riverside sculptures & artworks while enjoying our Skipper’s unique commentary. We may even pass a rowing crew out practicing. We then head to the 4* Novotel Hamilton Tainui Hotel on the river where we will be based for 3 nights. This evening join your Tour Manager for dinner at the hotel.