National Agricultural Fieldays

National Agricultural Fieldays 2018

13th - 16th June 2018

Continue your Fieldays into Fieldnights, with top dining, entertainment and activity options in the Hamilton & Waikato region


Skip the traffic and make the most of the transport options available for the 2016 Fieldays
Dining in Hamilton City

Dining Options

From award winning cafes to top restaurants and more...
Fieldays, Mystery Creek Event Centre
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Event Info

13th - 16th June 2018: The National Agricultural Fieldays is the largest agricultural event in the Southern Hemisphere...

Waitomo Glowworm Caves, NZ
See & Do

Top Attractions

Find top activities & attractions in the Hamilton & Waikato region


Find events happening during the 2017 Fieldays
Bridal Veil Falls, Raglan, Waikato, NZ

Free Attractions

From meandering through stunning gardens to discovering picturesque waterfalls and climbing to mountaintop views - there are plenty of free attractions to enjoy whilst you are here

Hot Deals

  • Zealong Tea Estate Fieldays Deal 2018

    Zealong Fieldays Deal

    Get 20% off a Zealong Discover High Tea Experience or Signature High Tea when you visit their site E54 at Fieldays.

Explore Hamilton & Waikato


From the tractor pull and art exhibitions to the Matariki Dish Challenge and more; check out the great range of events on both at the 2018 National Agricultural Fieldays and throughout winter in the Hamilton & Waikato region.

  • Matariki Dish Challenge - 9th June - 14th July: The challenge will see local chefs create a Matariki inspired dish with at least two local ingredients, which are then available for the public to enjoy.
  • Matariki Events - 6th June - 14th July: From educational events to markets, exhibitions and more, check out the great line-up of Matariki evens happening throughout the Hamilton & Waikato region.
  • Fieldays - 13th - 16th June: The National Agricultural Fieldays is not only the largest agricultural event in the Southern Hemisphere, it also boasts a range of entertainment, a special food & beverage area and much more.
    • Rural Catch: The Rural Catch competition will see four men and four women from around NZ compete for the coveted Golden Gumboot trophy.
    • Fencing Competitions: The Fieldays Fencing Demonstrations showcases NZ's top fencers in a match of skill, speed, endurance and sheer tenacity.
    • Fieldays Tractor Pull: The Tractor Pull Area at the 2018 Fieldays will once again be the loudest competition at the Fieldays.
    • No.8 Wire National Art Award: The Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award celebrates innovation challenging artists to create artworks using No.8 wire, an iconic Kiwi agricultural product.
    • Festival of Logging: With an array of timber sport activities from chainsaw races, hotsaw races and Timbersports to the Champions Trophy - there is plenty of action to capture everyone's attention.
    • Entertainment: There is also an array of entertainment and shows throughout the Fieldays to keep the entire family entertained including Chelsea & the Ultimate Canines, Rosie the Cow, Doug the Digger, a petting farm and more. 
  • Waikato Wedding Expo - 24th June: Planning your upcoming nuptials? Then head along to the 2018 Waikato Wedding Expo at the Hamilton Gardens.
  • Waikato Baby Expo - 30th June - 1st July: From bump to birth and beyond, the Waikato Baby Expo provides everything you need for your new addition.
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Mid-Winter Feast - 6th July: Enjoy a magical evening in the Shire™ with the Mid-Winter Feast event at Hobbiton Movie Set.
  • Plus much more

Fieldays Transport Options

Waikato River Explorer Fieldays Transport

Skip the traffic and make the most of the variety of transport options available to get to the 2018 National Agricultural Fieldays.

  • Bus: Use your Fieldays ticket to catch a FREE bus service between Hamilton and Mystery Creek. Buses will depart the Hamilton Transport Centre and The Base Te Rapa (Park and Ride) from from the BMX Club in Cambridge. There will also be free travel on all Hamilton buses within the city boundary, or on five regional services to Hamilton from Raglan, Cambridge, Te Awamutu, Paeroa, Morrinsville or Huntly, on presentation of a prepaid Fieldays ticket - perfect for exploring the wider region while you are here.
  • Waikato River Explorer: Take a relaxing cruise along the Waikato River to get to the National Agricultural Fieldays this year on board the Waikato River Explorer. Booking Essential.
  • CamJet: A thrilling way to get to the Fieldays, CamJet is offering a return 5 min jet boat ride from the Narrows Lane boat ramp, off Airport Road.
  • Helicopter Transfers: Helicorp NZ will be running helicopter transport, departing from the Hamilton East and Hamilton Airport.
  • Helicopter/Boat combo: Helicorp and the Waikato River Explorer are together offering a combo transport option with a one-way helicopter flight and one-way boat trip for your return journey to Fieldays.

Activity Suggestions

Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton NZ

Make the most of your visit for Fieldays with these great activity suggestions. From underground wonders and Middle-earth Movie Magic to wildlife encounters, kayak trips and much more.

  • Waitomo Glowworm CavesVisit the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves and gaze in awe at the galaxy of glowworms.
  • Hobbiton Movie SetDiscover movie magic with a guided tour through the permanent set as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies.
  • Hamilton GardensExplore the award-winning Hamilton Gardens and discover different civilisations and historically important garden styles from the farthest reaches of the world.
  • SKYCITY HamiltonCheck out SKYCITY Hamilton's new Bowl & Social for ten pin bowling, great food and timezone games.
  • Waitomo Adventures: Get your adrenaline pumping with a zipline, abseil or black water rafting trip with Waitomo Adventures, or try their newest family friendly tour, the Troll Cave.
  • Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari: (pictured) Discover Plentiful walks through native forest for close encounters with birdlife and reptiles.
  • Hamilton ZooGet up close and personal with exotic animals such as Lemur and Rhino with a Eye2Eye encounter at Hamilton Zoo.
  • Waikato MuseumWith top art, history and interactive kids exhibitions the Waikato Museum is a perfect indoor activity for the entire family.
  • Hampton DownsChallenge friends and family to a few laps of go karting at Hampton Downs and get the blood pumping with a V8 Muscle Car or Supercar experience.
  • Good George BreweryLearn all about the brewing process and their award-winning beers with a Brewery Tour, or enjoy a bite to eat in the dining hall.
  • Zealong Tea EstateTreat yourself to a high tea overlooking the stunning tea plantation. Plus visit their Fieldays stand at E54 to get 20% off a Discover High Tea Experience.
  • Raglan RockGet the adrenaline pumping with canyoning adventure abseiling down, jumping off and climbing up waterfalls.
  • Raglan Kayak & PaddleboardExplore Raglan's limestone coast with kayak & paddleboard tours and rentals.
  • Raglan Surf SchoolLearn to surf on Raglan's world famous left-hand surf breaks.
  • 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.

Free Attractions

Free Attractions in Hamilton & Waikato

From meandering through stunning gardens to discovering picturesque waterfalls and climbing to mountaintop views - there are plenty of free attractions to enjoy while you are here for Fieldays.

  • 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