Victoria on the River

​Victoria on the River is an expansive amphitheatre-style park on Victoria St, in the heart of Hamilton’s central business district.

Offering fantastic views of the Waikato River and connections to the city’s popular river path network - popular with cyclists, walkers and runners - Victoria on the River (VOTR for short) formally opened on 25 January 2018.

Since then VOTR has been a champion winning a number of architecture, design and art awards:

2019 -  Property Council of New Zealand Merit Award – Civic and Arts Property.​​​​

2018 - NZIA New Zealand Architecture Award, Planning and Urban Design.

2018 - NZIA Waikato / Bay of Plenty Architecture Award, Planning and Urban Design. 

​​2018 - Designers Institute of New Zealand, Best Awards, Gold Spatial Public and Institutional Spaces.​

2018 - We are Waikato, Property Council Judges Choice Award Winner.

VOTR is a major project as part of the Council's Central City Transformation Plan. 

Hamilton City Council purchased the 4769p sqm site – previously occupied by the Waikato Times - in 2009, and committed the funding to VOTR in late 2015. Construction began in April 2017 after more than 6300 cubic metres of contaminated material was​ removed from the site.​

More than 9000 plants give it a green and organic feel and blend with adjacent Waikato River natural landscapes.​

The amphitheatre shape of the park means VOTR can be the venue for small acoustic performances -if you’re interested in performing at or booking the performance space, email 

Key stakeholders in the project were Edwards White Architects, AECOM New Zealand and Schick Civil Construction. 

VOTR is a welcoming and attractive public open space for Hamilton residents and visitors to enjoy.

​​​​Image courtesy of Ninmo productions. ​
Page reviewed: 16 Jul 2019 11:51am