Our role is to attract domestic and international visitors and increase length of stay and expenditure through effective destination marketing, development, and management activity. HWT promotes the Waikato as a preferred destination for domestic and international business, events and leisure travellers and provides leadership in regional product and event development, investment, and sector capability.
HWT encourages visitors to enjoy the variety of experiences throughout the Waikato region in turn contributing to the economic, social and cultural benefit of the wider community.
How do we do this?
Working under a private-public partnership model, Hamilton & Waikato Tourism receives council funding from our seven city and district councils (Hamilton City Council, Waipa District Council, Waikato District Council, Waitomo District Council, Otorohanga District Council and Matamata Piako District Council). This support enables us to focus on destination management, sector capability and product development as well as promote the region to leisure and business events visitors, media and the travel trade.
Our promotional work includes our regional website www.waikatonz.com, media and trade pitches, familiarisations, sales meetings and trips, attendance at trade shows, working with key industry partners – including Tourism New Zealand and neighbouring regional tourism organisations – and running complimentary local industry events.
As part of the private-public partnership model, Hamilton & Waikato Tourism also seeks local businesses and attractions to partner with us each year on various ‘opt-in’ regional marketing and promotional initiatives.
These partnerships allow us to work collaboratively as a region, and achieve scale and impact in what remains a highly competitive marketplace – both internationally and domestically.
Current tourism situation
Hamilton & Waikato has a catchment of 2.3 million people within a three-hour drive radius, while the city of Hamilton itself serves as a gateway for those arriving by air.
The region has a significant, vibrant and growing tourism sector. New Zealand’s fifth largest tourism region by value ($1.417 billion visitor expenditure YE Jun 20), Hamilton & Waikato is one of only five regions (out of 29) with visitor expenditure of $1 billion or more (alongside Auckland, Wellington, Queenstown and Christchurch).
The Waikato is well-placed to deliver world-class sporting and business events, and also hosts a large Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR) market.
The region sees 2.4mil guest nights a year and has a 10.1% market share for business events (behind Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch).
Why partner with us?
Each year Hamilton & Waikato Tourism works to achieve an agreed target for the value of tourism industry investment, in order to further leverage local government's investment and show our council partners the industry commitment to tourism in the region. This is a significant amount, but, with your support, it’s a target we’re confident we can achieve.
Areas in which you can work with us include:
- Domestic marketing
- International marketing
- Business Events
- Official Regional Visitor Guide
For a full overview of the activities we undertake and further information about how you can partner with us, please download a copy of our 2021 Partnership Prospectus below.