Nawton is an affordable suburb close to the city centre with local shops and cafes, open fields and the Hamilton Zoo just around the corner. It is a closely-knit community with easy-care sections and generally low maintenance housing.
Nawton started its days as an undrained swamp. Soldiers from the 4th Waikato militia regiment were given 50 acre lots that were really only suitable for pigs and horses. The original roads of Ellicott, Newcastle, Brymer, Baverstock and Rotokauri were built in 1865.
The suburb was named after Major Nawton who owned land in the area. However, there was very little subdivision of the land until 1912. The suburb came into its own after Nawton became part of the Hamilton City Council in 1962.
Today, the suburb is home to young families and has a growing student population, many of who attend Wintec in Avalon Drive.
Key attractions and notable landmarks
Dominion Park’s enclosed playground makes for a family friendly outing at the heart of Nawton. Meanwhile, Hamilton Zoo is just up the road as is Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park—a working farm and award-winning, ecological restoration project that aims to reconstruct the natural forest, wetland and lake ecosystems that were present in pre-European times.
Real estate and design
A few character homes exist in the suburb but the predominant properties are affordable three bedroom homes of hardi-plank or fibrolite construction, making them easy to care for and generally low maintenance.
Shopping and amenities
The Grandview Road shops have your weekly shop covered with a Countdown supermarket, fruit and veg shop, butcher, and pharmacy.
Ellicott Park hosts five sports fields, changing rooms, play equipment, a skate park and the Western Community Centre. The community centre holds a range of regular health and well-being activities, including yoga and a walking club. Meanwhile, the neighbouring Forest Lake has several popular sporting facilities including Hamilton BMX, Waterworld and the Hamilton City Netball Centre.