Why the Waikato
Centrally positioned in the heart of the upper North Island, the Waikato is located on a nationally significant infrastructure corridor, and is part of the ‘golden triangle’ connecting Hamilton, Auckland and Tauranga.
A Proven Performer
The Waikato is an established business events destination with the capability and experience to consistently deliver exceptional event experiences across a range of award-winning venues.
Cost Competitive without Compromising Quality
As New Zealand’s leading regional business events destination, Waikato is able to offer all the benefits of a major centre without the prohibitive cost profile.
Thriving Industry Sectors
The Waikato is home to one of the world’s most productive primary agricultural sectors. The region’s primary industries are supported by robust sectors in technology and high-value manufacturing.
The diversity of the Waikato region provides endless options for delegates, from long unspoilt beaches and a thriving metropolitan city, to the unique underground wonders of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and Hobbiton Middle-earth movie magic.
A Culturally Rich and Diverse Region
The story of Waikato is also the story of Kīngitanga (Māori King Movement), formed to unite Māori tribes throughout New Zealand in defence of their land and independence, with the official residence of the current Māori monarch located in Ngāruawāhia.