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30 October 20: Waikato scoops national and international awards

October has been an award-winning month for the Mighty Waikato with the region scooping national awards for its people, places and events.

2020 Beautiful Awards

The Waikato region scooped three awards in the Keep New Zealand Beautiful 2020 “Beautiful Awards” which were announced last night (Thurs 29 Oct).

Hamilton was named ‘Most Beautiful Large City’, Victoria Street in Cambridge won ‘Best Street’ and the iconic Ruakuri Bush Walk received the ‘Kiwi’s Choice Place’ Award

“Kudos goes to local hapu Ngaati Wairere, Hamilton City Council, and present and past Hamiltonians who always knew that Kirikiriroa was a beautiful city, helping shape the city over the many years” said Dawson.

“Hamilton has developed into a progressive city with plenty of green space, restored gully systems, the award-winning visitor attraction Hamilton Gardens, Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park and the Waikato River and Lake Rotoroa (Hamilton Lake) at the city’s heart” added Dawson.

“Cambridge residents, Destination Cambridge and Waipa District Council also should be chuffed with Victoria Street being named Best Street, following Cambridge’s win of ‘Most Beautiful Town’ in the 2019 Beautiful Awards” he said.

“It was also pleasing to see the iconic Ruakuri Bush Walk named as ‘Kiwi’s Choice Place’ as it is one of our region’s most popular short walks in Waitomo. Over many years, numerous volunteers, organisations and local businesses have contributed to the biodiversity restoration, tree planting and pest eradication in Ruakuri Bush” he added.

2019 New Zealand Event Awards

Earlier this month, the 2019 HSBC New Zealand Sevens won Best International Event at the NZ Event Association’s annual Event Awards. This successful event has been delivered by New Zealand Rugby and 37 South Events, hosted by H3 and Hamilton City Council at FMG Stadium Waikato. The tournament was moved to Hamilton in 2018.

2020 World Spa Awards

The 2020 World Spa Awards named Resolution Retreats, a women’s-only resort based on the banks of Lake Karapiro, as ‘New Zealand’s Best Wellness Retreat’. The health retreat offers health and wellness lifestyle programmes from three days to three weeks.

Resolution Retreats founder Joelene Ranby was excited with the recognition from the World Spa Awards and is pleased to be in a position to support local people through bringing women from all over New Zealand to the area and showing them some of what we have to offer here.

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism Chief Executive, Jason Dawson, was proud of the acknowledgement for Resolution Retreats and the Waikato region in the World Spa Awards.

“The establishment of Resolution Retreat in the Waikato is aligned to our 2016 Tourism Opportunities Plan, where we identified the opportunity to establish well-being experiences in the region” he says.

2020 Merlin Awards

Zirka Circus owner Jeni Hou from Gordonton received the Merlin Award for Outstanding Contribution to Magic 2020 from the International Magicians Society.