From tractor pull and art exhibitions to the DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 and more; check out the great range of events on both at the 2017 National Agricultural Fieldays and throughout winter in the Hamilton & Waikato region.
- Matariki Dish Challenge - 10th 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.
- Sir Colin Meads Tribute - 19th June: Te Kuiti will celebrate All Black legend Sir Colin ‘Pinetree’ Meads this June when they unveil a bronze statue of Sir Colin.
- Chiefs v British & Irish Lions - 20th June: The British & Irish Lions come up against the mighty Chiefs in the sixth match of the series at FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamilton City.
- Fieldays - 14th-17th 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 Bachelor: The Rural Bachelor of the Year competition two Australians and six Kiwi bachelors against each other for the coveted Gold 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 2017 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.
- Waikato Wedding Expo - 25th June: Planning your upcoming nuptials? Then head along to the 2017 Waikato Wedding Expo at the Hamilton Gardens.
- Plus much more
Skip the traffic and make the most of the variety of transport options available to get to the 2017 National Agricultural Fieldays.
- Bus: A FREE bus service will run between Hamilton and Mystery Creek for Fieldays. Buses will depart the Transport Centre between 8.30am and 10.30am and return between 2pm and 5pm. 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 Gardens and Hamilton Airport, for the 2017 Fieldays.
- 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.
From underground adventure and Middle-earth movie magic to wildlife encounters and inn-city fun - there are plenty of great activities to enjoy while you are visiting for the Fieldays.
- Waitomo Glowworms: Visit the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves - sure to be a hit with all ages.
- Hamilton Gardens: (pictured above) Explore the 2014 International Garden of the year and discover different civilisations and historically important garden styles from the farthest reaches of the world.
- Black Water Rafting: Get your adrenalin pumping with a Black Water Rafting trip with Waitomo Adventures - perfect for the older kids
- Animal Encounters: Get up close and personal with exotic animals such as Lemur and Rhino at Hamilton Zoo
- Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari: Plentiful walks through native forest for close encounters with native birdlife and reptiles
- Middle-earth: Discover movie magic with a guided tour through the now permanent Hobbiton Movie Set
- Inner City Fun: Challenge family and friends to a friendly game of ten-pin bowling or enjoy the dining options on offer at SKYCITY Hamilton
- Waikato Museum: With great interactive children's 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
- Glowworm Kayak adventure: Take a magical glowwom kayak tour on Lake Karapiro, or hire some bikes to explore the Waikato River Trails with Lake District Adventures
- Plus much more
From meandering through stunning gardens to discovering picturesque waterfalls and more - the Hamilton & Waikato region has plenty of free attractions to enjoy during Fieldays.
- Cycle Trails: (pictured above) From the banks of the Waikato River to the ancient Pureora Forest, there are many cycle trails to enjoy
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Bridal Veil Falls: Take a short walk to the top of this beautiful waterfall near Raglan
- Blue Spring at Te Waihou Walkway: Visit the internationally acclaimed springs, with water so pure its supplies around 70% of NZ's bottled water
- Plus much more