What's on in the Waikato

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The Waikato region has established itself as a leading events destination, from sports matches and to art festivals, expos, concerts and more. Then there are the annual events – Balloons over Waikato, the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek and SoundSplash, to name a few. Please check with the event organiser for the latest information.

Waikato Summer Events Guide 2024

Explore Waikato’s great line-up of events this summer! From iconic festivals and thrilling sports events to days out for all the family - the Waikato’s got you covered!
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Hamilton Arts Festival

The spectacular Hamilton Gardens and Hamilton City will be abuzz with summer activity and entertainment for the Hamilton Arts Festival Toi Ora Ki Kirikiriroa from 23 February - 3 March 2024.
Hamilton Arts Festival

Balloons over Waikato

Big ones, bright ones, crazily shaped ones – they’re all there putting on a magnificent show. It’s part of the hugely successful five-day Balloons over Waikato, the premier ballooning festival in New Zealand. 19-23 March 2024
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Middle-earth Halfling Marathon

An enchanting off-road trail running journey through the bucolic landscape of the Shire™, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. 23 March 2024
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