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The Hamilton & Waikato region has established itself as a leading events centre and the yearly line-up shows just why. From international sporting matches such as cricket, rugby and netball to New Zealand’s premier ballooning event, Balloons Over Waikato, and the annual Kawhia Kai Festival. And that’s just a start, with the region also playing host to the National Agricultural Fieldays, HSBC NZ Sevens and Soundsplash Music Festival. Not to mention music and art festivals, international expos and concerts all contributing to an exciting events calendar. Check out some of the top events on now in the Hamilton & Waikato region below.
30 Mar 2019 Hampton Downs Motor Sport Park, Te Kauwhata, North Waikato
If you love speed, super-hot Toyotas and the sound of tyres on tarmac, the Toyota Festival is your must-attend event of the summer.
30 Mar 2019 Te Kuiti, Waikato
Ewe will love our annual event! Proudly organised by the Waitomo District Council, the Great New Zealand Muster is Te Kuiti's annual community event. A cross between a country fair and a rural extravaganza, it truly is kiwi heartland at its best.
31 Mar 2019 Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton, Waikato
The Great Pumpkin Carnival is the biggest pumpkin event in the country. A free fun family event, come see the amazing creations, the smallest miniature pumpkins and the heaviest giants. Will the NZ record be beaten again this year? Come join all the excitement.
05 Apr - 07 Apr 2019
Kicking off this April (5th-7th) is the inaugural Feast Waikato. With a series of food events; from dinners and lunches to tours, talks and markets, all celebrating the mighty Waikato this is a weekend to mark in the diary.
05 Apr - 07 Apr 2019 Claudelands Arena, Hamilton, Waikato
Discover all that is on offer at this year’s Waikato Show starting Friday 5th through to Sunday 7th April. With over 15 expos available, the show prides itself in being a showcase of all the Mighty Waikato has to offer.
13 Apr - 21 Jul 2019 Waikato Museum, Hamilton, Waikato
Waikato Museum is the exclusive New Zealand venue for Cut! Costume and the Cinema, a dazzling exhibition showcasing five centuries of fashion and style as worn by some of Hollywood’s biggest names. Toured by Exhibits Development Group out of Minneapolis, USA, Cut! Costume and the Cinema features 43 costumes from 25 films starring the likes of Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Kidman, Robert Downey Jr and Daniel Craig.
13 Apr 2019
The Waitomo Trail Run returns to the Hamilton & Waikato region, taking place in the iconic Waitomo Caves area on Saturday 13th April.
27 Apr 2019 Claudelands Arena, Hamilton, Waikato
One of the world’s best-loved musicals, Cats, will embark on its most extensive tour of New Zealand ever in 2019.
12 Jun - 15 Jun 2019
The National Agricultural Fieldays is the largest agricultural event in the Southern Hemisphere, with more than 1,000 exhibitors across 40 hectares, making it Australasia’s definitive agri-business event.
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