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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.
03 Aug - 30 Nov 2019
Boon has brought you 4 Street Art Festivals and is now introducing Boon After Dark, our first temporary sculpture event for Hamilton.
24 Oct - 01 Dec 2019 Waikato Museum, Hamilton, Waikato
New Zealand's leading rugby photographer Peter Bush describes capturing an All Black game as 'a total workout'. His powerful photographs are hard-won: the result of chasing the game up and down the field, while others set up their cameras and wait for the game to come to them.
25 Oct 2019 - 09 Feb 2020 Waikato Museum, Hamilton, Waikato
Bugs may have a reputation for being small, scaly and scary but some creepy crawlies are actually superheroes in disguise!
26 Oct 2019
Hampton Downs and Downtime Entertainment have combined to create Cruising for Hope, a unique fundraising event where automotive enthusiasts will come together to raise money for the Key to Life Charity, championed by New Zealander of the Year Mike King.
26 Oct - 28 Oct 2019
Family Fun In the Sculpture Park - explore the 2km art-in-nature trail finding more than 100 sculptures and installations.
26 Oct - 02 Nov 2019
Dust off your lederhosen and dirndl as Hobbiton Movie Set welcomes you to join us for a special five hour Beer Festival on Saturday 26th October 2019 and Saturday 2nd November 2019.
26 Oct 2019 FMG Stadium, Hamilton, Waikato
International Rugby League returns to FMG Stadium Waikato for another historic occasion with the Great Britain Rugby League Lions kicking off their tour with a clash against Mate Ma’a Tonga.
01 Nov - 02 Nov 2019
We are throwing a massive Halloween party on the Halloween weekend here at Escapist NZ!
02 Nov 2019
Held along the banks of the mighty Waikato River, The Taniwha multisport event returns on Saturday 2 November 2019.
12 Nov 2019
The Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to New Zealand with Swan Lake... the most loved classical ballet of them all. This masterpiece ballet is presented in two acts and follows the original storyline.
17 Nov 2019
Lugton's Round the Bridges run is set to hit the pavement again this year, taking place on Sunday 17th November, along the banks of the Waikato River.
24 Nov 2019
1,000 people enjoyed the beautiful gardens of Cambridge at last year’s Rotary Cambridge Garden Festival, and helped raise almost $30,000 for charity.
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