Why Waikato

Getting to our Place

The Beating Heart of New Zealand…

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Many popular attractions are within a comfortable hour’s drive of Hamilton city, so self-drive is a popular option with many car hire companies on hand to assist if need be. The Waikato region is readily accessible – easy to reach and to get around. Flying in, travelling by train or bus are all options.

Some points of interest:

  • Hamilton is within 1.5 hours’ drive of the country’s main seaports of Auckland and Tauranga (Auckland is NZ’s biggest city; Tauranga is home to Mt Maunganui beach – repeatedly voted NZ’s best beach)
  • Waikato’s international gateway is Auckland International Airport, which is just over an hour’s drive from Hamilton city. The Business Events Waikato team provide a complimentary meet and greet service at Auckland International Airport for large international conferences. This service includes welcoming international delegates and coordinating movement to shuttle buses or car hire
  • Hamilton Airport is a 20-minute drive from the central city and services regular flights from Wellington, Christchurch and Palmerston North. It has international charter flight capability.
  • The city is the centre of the upper North Island’s recently developed road network
  • Its Central North Island location provides easy access to other North Island locations – Rotorua and Taupo, for example are within an easy commute (less than two hours’ drive).