From Soundsplash Music Festival and the Blackcaps v Australia to the Kawhia Kai Festival and Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival - we are set for a stella line-up of summer events in 2017.
- Jim Jefferies - 21 January: Jim Jefferies will be returning to New Zealand this January to undertake a huge nine-date headline tour.
- Soundsplash Music Festival - 20 - 22 January: Soundsplash is a three day summer festival of music, freedom and expression, held in the Wainui reserve in Raglan.
- Festival One - 27 - 30 January: Festival One is a multi-day Christian festival, which brings together music, creative arts and culture to create a community atmosphere within the festival.
- Raglan Arts Weekend & Little Food Fest - 28 - 30 January: Head to Raglan this Auckland Anniversary Weekend and experience the laidback vibe that has helped shape this thriving artistic community, with the Raglan Arts Weekend and Little Food Festival.
- Gourmet in the Gardens - Every Sunday: Enjoy food from around the globe at the popular Gourmet in the Gardens food market, every Sunday until March.
- Winery Tour - 3 February: Celebrating its 10th anniversary, The Winery Tour will feature two of New Zealand’s most successful artists of all time, Brooke Fraser and Bic Runga, along with exciting newcomer Benny Tipene.
- Kawhia Kai Festival - 4 February: The iconic Kawhia Kai Festival brings together performers, artists, musicians and of traditional Maori Kai (food).
- Blackcaps v Australia - 5 February: Support the BlackCaps as they take on Australia this February.
- Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival - 17 - 26 February: The spectacular Hamilton Gardens will be abuzz with summer activity and entertainment for the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival this February.
- Bob Marley Exhibition - Until April: The Waikato Museums newest exhibition will host a collection of photographs and prints documenting the life of Bob Marley.
Take a Staycation
Enjoy some down time with a 'staycation' in one of the region's great accommodation options, or book a room for those extra guests visiting from out of town - our 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.
- Sudima Hotel Hamilton: In the heart of Hamilton City, Sudima Hamilton is walking distance to all major restaurants and entertainment destinations.
- 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.
- Hertz Hamilton: If you find yourself in need of an extra vehicle over summer - check out Hertz Hamilton.
- Plus many more options
Must Do Summer Activities
From underground adventure and Middle-earth movie magic to wildlife encounters and inn-city fun - there are plenty of great activities to enjoy this summer.
- Water Activities: From kayaking and paddle boarding to surfing and more - there is plenty of on the water fun to be had this summer
- Waitomo Glowworm Caves: Visit the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves and gaze in awe at the galaxy of glowworms
- Hamilton Gardens: Explore the 2014 International Garden of the year and discover different civilisations and historically important garden styles from the farthest reaches of the world.
- Watiomo Adventures: Get your adrenalin pumping with a zipline into the Lost World Cave with Waitomo Adventures
- Hamilton Zoo: Get up close and personal with exotic animals such as Lemur and Rhino with Hamilton Zoo's Eye2Eye encounters
- Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari: Plentiful walks through native forest for close encounters with native birdlife and reptiles
- Hobbiton Movie Set: Discover movie magic with a guided tour through the permanent Hobbiton Movie Set
- SKYCITY Hamilton: Check out SKYCITY's new Bowl & Social for ten pin bowling, great food and timezone games
- Waikato Museum: With top art and history exhibitions, the Waikato Museum is a perfect indoor activity
- Retail Therapy: Get some retail therapy at NZ's largest shopping complex, Te Awa at The Base
- Raglan Rock: Get the adrenalin pumping with canyoning adventure abseiling down, jumping off and climbing up waterfalls
- Lake District Adventures: Take a magical glowwom kayak tour on Lake Karapiro, or hire some bikes to explore the Waikato River Trails
- Plus much more
From meandering through stunning gardens to discovering picturesque waterfalls and climbing to mountaintop views - there are plenty of free attractions to enjoy this summer in your own backyard.
- 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