Discover Hamilton/Waikato

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Where to find us

Hamilton and the Waikato’s international gateway is Auckland International Airport, a 90-minute drive from Hamilton city. The Waikato region is the country’s fourth largest region and home to approximately 440,000 inhabitants. Hamilton Airport is a 20-minute drive from the central city and services regular flights from Wellington, Christchurch and Palmerston North. It has
international charter flight capability for aircrafts with a capacity of up to 14 seats. The Waikato is a place of powerful possibilities – a thriving economic area and a place rich in breath-taking natural wonders. The region’s economic strengths include agriculture, manufacturing, equine, aviation, academia and high performance sport.

Scenic Highlights

Known as the beating heart of New Zealand, this central region is one of the world’s richest agricultural and pastoral areas. It’s also a region that pulsates on the business, academic, sporting, produce and recreation front. World-changers, local innovators, inspiring champions, and general salt-ofthe-earth people.

The metropolis of Hamilton city is where sophistication meets friendly kiwi lifestyle. World-class events and visitor activities on offer are complemented by a rich cultural mix, vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene, extensive shopping options and leading art galleries.

The region’s diverse natural landscape offers sensational opportunities. The diversity includes ancient mountains, stretching plains, rugged black sand beaches, and subterranean cave systems. The Waikato is known for its rolling green hills, native forests, and mighty river (the Waikato River), all of which combine to make the region an excellent walking, hiking, cycling and water-sport destination.

If a good taste of New Zealand’s world-famous adventure is on theagenda, then the Waikato will thrill. The Waitomo Caves offer an underground playground of black water rafting, abseiling and cave exploration under glowworm-studded ‘skies’. Above ground, the mighty Waikato River wends its way through the region, offering great kayaking, cruising, trout fishing and jet boating – particularly on the picturesque hydro lakes, such as Lake Karapiro. The Middle-earth movie magic of Hobbiton™ Movie Set is also on
the doorstep of the region’s main city of Hamilton.

Why Hamilton/Waikato?

Conference Venues & Facilities

Hamilton and the Waikato region boats an extensive range of venues and facilities. Choose from large scale and exclusive upmarket conference and exhibition venues, or boutique, retreat-style getaways. The mighty Waikato has capacity for up to 6000 delegates theatre-style in a single venue, and a number of stunning off-site dinner-venue options.


Northland’s accommodation ranges from exclusive properties, 3 and 4 star hotels and waterfront resorts to the more intimate woodland hideaways and stunning coastal retreats. Northland can tailor accommodation to suit small to medium conferences.

Unforgettable Experiences

Hobbiton Movie Set - Now the only permanent purpose built set in the world, Hobbiton Movie Set provides the ambience and setting for a range of very special customised events and dinners either on set amongst the 44 Hobbit holes, party tree and party field or in the Green Dragon Inn.

Waitomo Caves - Explore the underground world of Waitomo with the magical glowworm caves tour. Challenge yourself with a 100m abseil into the Lost World or enjoy a black water rafting experience.

Hamilton Gardens – The internationally recognised Hamilton Gardens showcases 21 themed gardens from the farthest reaches of the world. Incorporate a dine-around for that extra special event.

Hampton Downs Motorsport Park - Enjoy the race action with its full calendar of events or buckle up and experience a few exhilarating fast laps by being behind the wheel or driven by a professional driver, in an exciting variety of supercars.

Zealong Tea Estate - Oolong Tea Plantation, the first of its kind outside of Asia, on the outskirts of Hamilton. Dine in style with a high tea or tailored lunch.

Raglan - Famous for its black sand beaches, relaxed bohemian vibe and for having one of the longest left-hand surf breaks in the world.

The Avantidrome - Located in the heart of the Waipa district and ‘Home of Champions’ territory, this world-class facility is centered around a purpose built 250 metre wooden cycling velodrome. Watch the New Zealand team training or enjoy a “Have a Go” session.