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Waikato and Hamilton Waikato and Hamilton
the perfect central base for any conference!
Hamilton, or Kirikiriroa in Maori, is a fast-growing, multicultural city situated on the banks of the beautiful Waikato River.

With a current population of 135,000, Hamilton City is young, passionate and ambitious. Hamilton’s warm and welcoming spirit, rich history and many contrasting splendours await visitors, eager to savour the experience of a New Zealand conference or meeting to remember.

Hamilton is New Zealand’s largest inland city and offers all the benefits of a major metropolitan centre without the hassles of big city living. Thus, it is an ideal venue for a Hamilton conference or convention in New Zealand. Access to Hamilton’s central city and all of its stunning conference venues is no more than a 20 minute drive from its outskirts!  This allows for more leisure time to enjoy the wonderful attractions, activities and events on offer in and around Hamilton and the Waikato.

Exciting Events
Hamilton’s ever-growing portfolio of signature events finds the city rapidly gaining a reputation as an event and New Zealand convention destination, with a great blend of international, national and local world-class events and exhibitions.

As a delegate at a Hamilton conference, you can experience the thrill of fast cars as a spectator at the New Zealand 400 V8 Supercars street race or enjoy thought-provoking Kiwi theatre during the excellent FUEL festival. Time your meeting to coincide with one of Hamilton’s other exciting events such as the World Rowing Championships, Fieldays, Balloons Over Waikato (imagine treating your conference delegates to a stunning Hot Air Balloon ride over stunning farmland and riverways), the Parachute Music Festival and the Gallagher Great Race, just to name a few.

The city’s event website provides an extensive range of events on offer in Hamilton.

Hamilton Gardens
Hamilton Gardens is undoubtedly one of New Zealand’s most popular destinations. This stunning 58-hectare canvas is webbed by paths that journey through a stunning gallery of gardens. The garden’s Paradise Collection includes authentic themed gardens, from romantic England, grand Italy and modern America, to tranquil Asia, stunning India and the culturally rich Maori garden. Events and exhibitions are held at the Hamilton Gardens throughout the year.

Hamilton’s flourishing CBD boasts a cultural precinct. The Waikato Museum and Artspost collectively deliver rich regional arts and culture, via eight museum galleries. Picturesque walkways border the Waikato River and allow for easy access to the central city, which is adorned with cafes, restaurants, bars and a world of retail outlets, all located within walking distance from each other - the perfect hub around which to base your convention! Hamilton is also home to the wonderful Hamilton Zoo, a truly unique setting for a New Zealand conference event!

The Heart of the North Island
Hamilton’s convenient proximity to other regional destinations makes it the perfect base for your New Zealand conference delegates to take day trips -such as to the wild West Coast beach of Raglan or the secluded coastal townships of the Coromandel Peninsula. Alternatively, add a few days to your trip after the Hamilton conference and explore the picturesque snow-capped terrain of Mount Ruapehu or experience the thrill of international-standard trout fishing on New Zealand's largest lake in Taupo.

Hamilton is also the tourism gateway to the Waikato region, with other well-known attractions in very short proximity. A 30-minute drive will bring you to Hobbiton in Matamata, the shire setting for the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy or the Maungatautari Ecological Island, where kiwi, native birds and other wildlife have been reintroduced to a predator-free island environment.

Take the picturesque, 40-minute road to the coastal town of Raglan, and see of one of the world’s longest left-hand surf breaks. The whole conference party can experience underground caving adventures, abseiling into caves and black water rafting at Waitomo Caves (a world-renowned tourist atraction) only an hour away.

If you would like to organise a Hamilton conference, event or incentive travel, search for Hamilton conference venues, accommodation and services now, or let us do the research for you - contact the Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Call Centre.
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