Why Choose Our Destination?
The Waikato is a wondrous, vital place with a touch of magic. The underground wonder of the glow worm-studded Waitomo Caves, and the Middle-earth movie magic of Hobbiton Movie Set are on the doorstep of the region’s main city of Hamilton. Known as the beating heart of New Zealand, this central region is one of 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-of-the-earth people are all proud to call the Waikato home. The Waikato region covers most of the central North Island of Aotearoa, New Zealand. It is the country’s fourth largest region and home to approximately 10 per cent of the population, with about 440,000 people calling the Waikato home. The Waikato is a place of powerful possibilities – a thriving economic area and a place rich in breath-taking natural wonders. Hamilton and Waikato Business Events offers free, impartial advice and assistance to help with the organisation of an outstanding event in Hamilton and the greater Waikato region. Come and discover the magic and enjoy.
Distance from Airport
- Hamilton International Airport
20 km from City Center
Conference and business event attendees are spoilt for choice when coming to the Waikato. Not only are conference facilities top-rate, but the variety of experiences and activities on offer for team building, and/or pre-and-post conference opportunities, are phenomenal. From legendary surfing beaches, underground wonders, middle-earth movie magic, and a thriving metropolitan city, the Waikato region boasts diversity and endless activity options. 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 the agenda, then the Waikato will thrill. The Waitomo Caves offer an underground playground of black water rafting, abseiling and cave exploration under glow worm studded ‘skies’. Above ground, the mighty Waikato River wends its way through the region, offering great kayaking, cruising, trout fishing and jet boating opportunities – particularly on the picturesque hydro lakes, such as Lake Karapiro. The Waikato is proud to be home to the Māori King and the cultural significance of the region is evident in the many taonga (treasures) of the Tainui tribe, which adorn the local museums. The region is one of New Zealand and the world’s richest agricultural areas. It also has a proud reputation as a centre for innovation and creativity across a wide range of industry and business sectors. The region’s climate is temperate with summer temperatures generally in the early to mid-20s with some days reaching 30 degrees Celsius. Winter temperatures average between five and 14 degrees Celsius.