The Waikato is easy to get to and neighbours Auckland. It is a short 90 minute drive from Auckland to Hamilton, the Waikato region's metropolitan hub and the countries fourth largest city. The region's domestically serviced airport has multiple direct daily flights from Wellington, Christchurch and Palmerston North and connecting flights to a number of other main centres.
The accessibility and variety the Waikato region offers provides endless options for any business event, meet overlooking NZ’s longest river the mighty Waikato, or surrounded by protected native forest.
Let your senses guide you and explore underground in Waitomo’s awe-inspiring wonderland, head behind the scenes at award-winning Hamilton Gardens or enjoy a feast fit for a Hobbit at Hobbiton ™ Movie Set.
Meet in the Waikato and take time to connect with each other and with our land. The region offers extensive stand-alone conference and function venues, conference facilities with onsite accommodation, boutique meeting spaces and rural retreat settings, Waikato venues are as diverse as the landscape they inhabit.
Inner city hotels are supported by a selection of motels and self-contained apartments, while rural stays, luxury lodgings and boutique hotels and motels are on offer throughout the regional also. From inner-city chic to sweeping rural outcrops, the Waikato has accommodation to suit all business travel needs.
Indulge and inspire, from bespoke wild coastal cliff top experiences to prized inner-city culture and rural versatility, the Waikato has you covered.
Start the morning with mindfulness at sunrise overlooking the longest left hand surf break in the world and surrounded by wide open spaces, give back to nature with a bespoke wildlife encounter on New Zealand’s largest inland ecological island sanctuary and share in our community with a foraging lunch experience. Learn how it all started with a camellia tree and experience an art of tea ceremony at NZ’s only tea plantation, then prepare to be amazed with an interactive five-course degustation set amongst a 500 acre heritage farm rural setting.
Travel by helicopter for a second breakfast and private tour experience at Hobbiton ™ Movie Set, then head to NZ’s home of cycling and meet an NZ Olympic medallist before heading into a cave river system to go black water rafting. Finish your action-packed day with an intimate meal and an exclusive opera performance deep underground in Waitomo.
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