Lions v Tonga, FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton, NZ

GB Rugby League Lions v Tonga XIII

26 October 2019

FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton

Suite at Novotel Tainui Hamilton, Hamilton, Waikato, NZ

Where to stay

With a great range of hotels, homestays and motels on offer it is easy to find accommodation in the Waikato region.
Lions v Tonga, FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton, Waikato

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Useful Info

  • Getting to Waikato Stadium

    FMG Stadium Waikato is an easy 15-20 minute walk from Hamilton’s CBD. Event-goers can ride a free rugby shuttle bus to the stadium which leaves from Hood St outside the Knox St car park approximately every 10 minutes from an hour before kick-off and travels via Victoria, Ulster and Abbotsford streets to the stadium. Fans using e-scooters will also have three drop-off points near the stadium.

  • Dining Options

    Enjoy award-winning cheese and wine and sample fresh produce at the numerous farmers markets across the region. In Hamilton City you will find an array of award-winning restaurants and popular cafes providing everything from tastes of Asia to traditional Kiwi fare.

While you are here...

Visiting from out of town?

From inner city hotels and motels to rural lodges and beachside holiday parks, the region boasts a range of accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes:

  • Novotel Tainui Hamilton: On the banks of the Waikato River, within a short distance of the Hamilton City section of the Te Awa cycleway, Novotel offers all the creature comforts of a large hotel.
  • Distinction Hotel Hamilton: Boasting 147 rooms and suites, many refurbished in 2017, free unlimited Wi-Fi, restaurant & bar, fitness centre, indoor swimming pool & spa pools.
  • Kelly Rd: Contemporary, luxury accommodation including studio units and one/two bedroom apartments in Cambridge. 
  • Ibis Tainui Hamilton: The hotel presents the only restaurant in the city with breath taking views of the Waikato River - a great place to enjoy unique local flavors
  • Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton: A warm welcome that's worth checking into - Ventura is great value accommodation for a night away.
  • Jet Park Hotel Hamilton Airport: Enjoy a quiet setting, home-style food, and replenishing outdoor spaces at Jet Park Hotel Hamilton Airport
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Flying to Hamilton?

Hamilton Airport, Hamilton, Waikato, NZ

With direct flights daily from Wellington, Christchurch and more, it's easy for the extended family to fly to the Waikato for a visit this winter.

  • Find Flights: Fly direct to Hamilton airport. With taxis and Uber it is super easy to get to the city centre from the airport. Check Air New Zealand's Grabaseat for today's deals. 
  • Hertz Hamilton: Conveniently located at Hamilton Airport, you can hop off the plane and grab a rental car from Hertz.

Other Events

Hobbiton Summer Festival

Make the most of your time in the Mighty Waikato with these great events on throughout the region. 

  • Pasifika Fan Fest: Join Hamilton's Pasifika community to celebrate its diverse and unique culture ahead of the international rugby league match between GB Rugby league lions and Tonga XIII. 
  • Boon After Dark: Temporary light sculptures in Hamilton which look spectacular both day and night.
  • Hobbiton Beer Festival: Dust off your lederhosen and dirdl as Hobbiton™ Movie Set welcomes you for a special five-hour Beer Festival.
  • Dinner on Durham: Weekly gourmet food event offering delicious food in an awesome atmosphere. A great way to refuel after tackling the Hakarimata steps!
  • Equidays: Equidays brings you everything equine with opportunities to learn from experts, shop equestrian products and services, compete in a number of disciplines and be entertained throughout three days of equestrian magic.
  • Creative Play Weekend: A weekend of family fun at the Sculpture Park - find the 100 sculptures and installations, make a boat to float on the pond and build a den. 
  • Plus many more...

Activity Suggestions

Top Activities & Attractions in Hamilton & Waikato

Whether you're a local or travelling here for the game, why not check out some of our other great activities and attractions on offer:

  • Waitomo Glowworm CavesVisit the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves and gaze in awe at the galaxy of glowworms. Grab a Cave combo deal and visit the Ruakuri Cave (pictured above) as well.
  • Hobbiton Movie SetDiscover movie magic with a guided tour through the permanent set as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies.
  • Hamilton GardensExplore the award-winning Hamilton Gardens and discover different civilisations and historically important garden styles from the farthest reaches of the world.
  • SkyCity HamiltonCheck out SkyCity Hamilton's new Bowl & Social for ten pin bowling, great food and timezone games.
  • Waitomo Adventures: Get your adrenaline pumping with a zipline, abseil or black water rafting trip with Waitomo Adventures, or try their newest family friendly tour, the Troll Cave.
  • Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari: Discover Plentiful walks through native forest for close encounters with birdlife and reptiles.
  • Hamilton ZooGet up close and personal with exotic animals such as Lemur and Rhino with a Eye2Eye encounter at Hamilton Zoo.
  • Waikato MuseumWith top art, history and interactive kids exhibitions the Waikato Museum is a perfect indoor activity for the entire family.
  • Hampton DownsChallenge friends and family to a few laps of go karting at Hampton Downs and get the blood pumping with a V8 Muscle Car or Supercar experience.
  • Zealong Tea EstateTreat yourself to a high tea overlooking the stunning tea plantation.
  • Lake District Adventures: Take a magical glowwom kayak tour on Lake Karapiro, or hire some bikes to explore the Waikato River Trails.
  • Raglan Kayak & PaddleboardExplore Raglan's limestone coast with kayak & paddleboard tours and rentals.
  • Raglan Surf SchoolLearn to surf on Raglan's world famous left-hand surf breaks.
  • Good George BreweryLearn all about the brewing process and their award-winning beers with a Brewery Tour, or enjoy a bite to eat in the dining hall.
  • Go Skydive: Get your adrenaline pumping with a skydive from up to 13,000ft, providing stunning views of the Waikato region below.
  • Escapist: Can you escape in 60 minutes? Get your brain working with immersive escape rooms and check out their board game cafe in the heart of Hamilton.
  • Plus much more.

Free Attractions

Free Attractions in Hamilton & Waikato

From meandering through stunning gardens to discovering picturesque waterfalls and climbing to mountaintop views - there are plenty of free attractions to enjoy in the Mighty Waikato.

  • Waiorongomai Valley: Step back into gold mining history as you explore the Waiorongomai Valley in Te Aroha
  • Blue Spring at Te Waihou Walkway: Visit the internationally acclaimed springs, with water so pure its supplies around 70% of NZ's bottled water
  • Wairere Falls: Walk the Wairere Falls track near Matamata for stunning views of the falls and out over the region
  • Otorohanga Kiwiana Walk: Pick up a quiz sheet from the Otorohanga i-SITE and look for clues on the Ed Hillary walkways
  • Hamilton Gardens: Download and follow the Hamilton Gardens Children's Discovery Trail activity sheet
  • Mangaokewa Scenic Reserve: Explore the attractive bush walk to the Cascade Waterfalls
  • Hamilton Lake Domain: Stroll around the lake and let the kids loose on the playground
  • Hakarimata Walkway: Visit ancient Kauri trees, tackle the summit stairs or try the family friendly rail trail tracks
  • Gallagher Bike Skills Park: Helps your children to learn essential bike skills in a safe environment
  • Mokena Geyser: Watch the world's only naturally hot soda water geyser erupt every 40 minutes in Te Aroha - while you are there check out the free foot pools in the domain
  • Cycle Trails: From the banks of the Waikato River to the ancient Pureora Forest, there are many cycle trails to enjoy
  • Plus much more