Explore Your Own Backyard this Summer

Explore Your Own Backyard this summer with great events and things to see and do in the Hamilton & Waikato region.

Explore Your Own Backyard


From underground adventure to middle-earth movie magic – explore the great activities and attractions on offer in your own backyard this summer.

  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves: Experience the wonder of our unique boat trip through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto.
  • Hobbiton Movie Set: Experience middle-earth movie magic at the now permanent movie set
  • Black Water Rafting: Get your adrenalin pumping with a Black Water Rafting trip with Waitomo Adventures
  • Zealong Tea Estate: Discover NZ’s only Oolong Tea Plantation and enjoy high-tea at the café
  • Retail Therapy: From boutique lanes to large shopping malls including NZ’s largest, The Base, there is plenty of opportunity for some retail therapy
  • Hamilton Gardens: Visit the visually stunning and award winning collection of gardens
  • Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari: Plentiful walks through native forest for close encounters with native birdlife and reptiles
  • Wine and dine: From inner-city restaurants such Restaurant on Alma at Novotel Tainui Hamilton, to great local cafes and eateries
  • Cycle Trails: Home to three of the NZ Great Rides, there are plenty of cycle trails, of all levels, to enjoy
  • Animal Encounters: Get up close and personal with NZ’s native Kiwi and other native birdlife at the Otorohanga Kiwi House
  • Waikato River Explorer: Experience the unique beauty of the Waikato River with a cruise on the Waikato River Explorer
  • Ten-pin bowling: Challenge family and friends to a friendly game of ten-pin bowling at The Bowlevard at SKYCITY Hamilton and enjoy a variety of restaurants also on offer
  • Waikato Museum: With great interactive children’s exhibitions, the Waikato Museum is a perfect indoor activity
  • Relax and unwind: In the rejuvenating naturally hot soda water of the Te Aroha Mineral Spas
  • Travelling from out of town: Whether visiting for an event or a night in the city, take advantage of the great accommodation options on offer from Sudima Hotel and Ibis Tainui Hamilton to Bella Vista Motel & Best Western Hygate
  • A day at the beach: Head to the west coast town of Raglan for surfing, kayaking, SUPing or just relaxing at the beach
    Plus much more

Free Attractions

Summer  Holiday Activities in Hamilton

Summer Events


From international concerts and sporting matches to food and art festivals, expos and more, there are plenty of events on over the summer in Hamilton & Waikato.

  • Festival One – 23rd – 26th Jan
    The Hamilton & Waikato region’s newest music event, Festival One is a multi-day Christian Festival held at Mystery Creek, Hamilton
  • Raglan Arts Weekend & Little Food Festival – 23rd – 25th Jan
    Head to Raglan for Auckland Anniversary Weekend 2015 and experience the Raglan Arts Weekend & Little Food Festival
  • V4 and Rotary Nationals 2015 Drag Racing Day – 25th Jan
    The 2015 V 4 & Rotary Nationals (the ‘Nats’) Drag Day is on at the Fram Autolite Dragway in Meremere in January
Events in Hamilton City

  Nitro Circus Live

  • Nitro Circus Live – 30th Jan
    The action packed event that is Nitro Circus Live is back and better than ever with their 2015 New Zealand Tour and will take the region by storm at Waikato Stadium.
  • Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival – 13th – 26th Feb
    The spectacular Hamilton Gardens will be abuzz with summer activity and entertainment for the 2015 Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.
  • ICC Cricket World Cup 15th Feb – 13th Mar
    Grab your tickets to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 matches in Hamilton: South Africa vs Zimbabwe, India vs Ireland and Bangladesh vs New Zealand
  • Kenny Rogers – 15th Feb
    The legendary Kenny Rogers brings his Farewell Down Under Tour to Hamilton’s Claudelands Arena on Sunday 15th February
  • Slash – 17th Feb
    Slash, the legendary former lead guitarists of Guns N Roses brings his World On Fire tour to Claudelands Arena in Hamilton on Tuesday 17th February
  • Eddie Izzard – 18th February
    Enjoy the side splitting humour of award-winning comedian Eddie Izzard’s Force Majeure world tour live at Claudelands Arena on Wednesday 18th February
  • The Winery Tour – 20th Feb
    The Winery Tour continues to showcase New Zealand musicians, wines and scenery on its 2015 tour, with this year’s stop in the Waikato being at Vilagrad Winery
  • NZ International Tattoo & Art Expo – 21st – 22nd Feb
    The International Tattoo & Art Expo returns to Claudelands in February with everything from tattoos and fashion to roller derby and burlesque
Events in Hamilton City

  Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival

  • Motorhome & Caravan Show
    Motorhome and caravan enthusiasts will be right at home at the 2015 Motorhome & Caravan Show at Mystery Creek Events Centre
  • SOL3 Mio – 27th Feb
    The chart topping trio SOL3 MIO will bring their nationwide tour to Hamilton City once again with one show only at Claudelands Arena on Friday 27th February.
  • REV Cycle Festival – 28th Feb
    The REV Cycle Festival is for every level of participant – from elite athletes and weekend hobbyists to social riders and kids
  • Armageddon Expo – 14th – 15th Mar
  • A Day in the Domain – 15th Mar
  • Balloons Over Waikato
  • Magic Home Games – 22nd Mar – 25th May
    *The Great Pumpkin Carnival – 29th March
  • Ricky Martin – 19th April
  • The Waikato Show
  • The Generator

For more events in the Hamilton & Waikato region visit www.eventfinder.co.nz