PCO Pre-Famil

A Special Invitation for Professional Conference Organisers 

Hamilton & Waikato Convention Bureau are offering PCOs the opportunity to be hosted for a bespoke famil. 

The famil will take place on Tuesday 11 October from 10am to 2pm. If you are interested in attending, please indicate your interest on the registration form, and the team from Hamilton & Waikato Convention Bureau will contact you to discuss your requirements.


Optional Pre-Conference Activities

Option One - Hamilton Gardens: Tour of the International Award winning Hamilton Gardens and High Tea

Tuesday 11 October: Depart the Novotel Tainui at 2pm returning at 4.30pm

Cost: FOC , kindly sponsored by Hamilton & Waikato Convention Bureau

Hamilton Gardens is the Waikato’s most visited attraction with over one million visitors each year. You will be guided on a journey of discovery along paths delivering mysterious surprises: step from a peaceful Sung Dynasty Chinese Scholar’s garden into an Italian Renaissance Garden, before being enthralled by the grandeur of the Indian Char Bagh (‘four quartered’) Garden.

Telling the story of gardens through themed garden collections, Hamilton Gardens explores different civilisations, and recreates historically important garden styles from the farthest reaches of the world. Enjoy high tea on the Renaissance Gallery overlooking the Italian Renaissance Garden.

Option Two - Waitomo Adventures

Tuesday 11 October: Depart the Novotel Tainui at 10.30am returning at 4.30pm

Cost: FOC , kindly sponsored by Hamilton & Waikato Convention Bureau

Option A: Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Cave
Descend into the magical Waitomo Caves under a galaxy of glowworms and to ancient Ruakuri Cave, a spectacular cave full of legends and tales. Walk amongst magnificent cave formations and see sparkling glowworms up close.

Option B: Black Water Rafting - Black Labyrinth
The original Waitomo subterranean adventure that will have you climbing, black water tubing, leaping, through Ruakuri Cave Over three hours you’ll take leaps of faith cascading waterfalls and float serenely down an underground river as you enjoy the glow worm show on the vaulted limestone galleries above. Your journey concludes when you emerge into the sunlight of the Waitomo Forest.