Discover Hamilton/Waikato

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Where to find us

Located in the central North Island, just a short 1 hour 30 minute drive south of Auckland International Airport, the Hamilton & Waikato region is readily accessible.  The location of the fourth largest city in New Zealand, Hamilton means access to the wider region is a comfortable hour’s drive from the city.  Hamilton’s International Airport services regular daily flights. 

Scenic Highlights

Rich in natural wonders, the area encompasses New Zealand’s fourth largest city, the country’s longest river, Hobbiton Movie Set, and the world famous Waitomo Caves.  

The main metropolis of Hamilton City is where sophistication meets friendly kiwi lifestyle. The city’s rich cultural mix coupled with a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene, extensive shopping options and leading art galleries complement the world class events and activities on offer.

The region’s diverse natural landscape offers such a variety of activity options that event planners are spoilt for choice. Surrounded by ancient mountains, long stretching plains give way to unmatched subterranean cave systems and black sand beaches of the rugged west coast. Great walking, hiking, and cycling tracks lead to awe-inspiring views and beautiful waterfall finds, while native forests and rolling green hills are also prevalent throughout the region.

Renowned as one of the richest agricultural and pastoral areas in the world, and the centre for business excellence and innovation, the region boasts one of New Zealand’s highly regarded universities plus a number of leading companies in the service, bio-tech and medical sectors
What’s on

Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival

ICC Cricket World Cup

Balloons over Waikato

FIFA U-20 World Cup

NZ National Agricultural Fieldays


Conference Venues & Facilities

The Hamilton & Waikato region offers a wide range of small through to very large venues and facilities.  It boasting some of the largest (up to 8000 theatre style) and newest conference and exhibition venues in New Zealand, national and international hotel brands, with accompanying conference centres, brilliant arenas and theatres to one of a kind dinner venues and boutique lodges.


With the familiarity of hosting large scale events of all kinds, accommodation options are extensive throughout the region - inner city hotels are supported by a selection of motels and self-contained apartments, while luxury lodgings and boutique hotels and motels are on offer across the wider region

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.