Eventfinda for Waikato EventsThe Eventfinda website has information about most weekly events occurring in the Waikato region.


An increasingly popular food event is Gourmet in the Gardens, held in Hamilton and Te Awamutu.

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Waikato-Tainui hold regular events such as Poukai, an audience with the Maori King.

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Gordonton Market

Pokeno Franklin Country Market

Sundays from 8am www.franklinmarkets.com

Raglan Creative Market

Second Sunday of the month


Tamahere MarketTamahere Country Market

Third Saturday of the month


Tamahere Market Facebook page


January - March

Waka Ama National Sprints – January 


Soundsplash Festival Raglan - January


Raglan Arts Weekend – Art sale at the Old School Arts Centre – last weekend in January 


Waka Ama 2016

Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival – February 


Turangawaewae Royal Regatta – annual event in March every year


Huntly Half Marathon – approximately March


Te Kauwhata Lions Cycle Race - March

Balloons over Waikato (Hamilton Lake and University of Hamilton) - late March 


Raglan Arts Film Festival


April - June

Art at the Port, Port Waikato - approximately April 


Matariki (Māori New Year) – May/June 


National Agricultural Fieldays, Mystery Creek, Hamilton – June 


October - December

Te Kauwhata A&P Show - December

District-wide Christmas Parades - December



Matariki events in Waikato district

Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster known as the Pleiades. Traditionally for Māori when it appeared just before dawn in late May or early June, it signalled the start of the Māori New Year. For some tribes, the rising of Puanga (Rigel in Orion) signals the start of the New Year. In the early 2000s Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission), the Ministry of Education and the Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa) became involved in the revival of Matariki celebrations. Different tribes celebrated Matariki at different times. For some it was when Matariki rose in May/June. For others it was celebrated at the first new moon, or full moon, following the rising of Matariki. In the 21st century it is the new moon following the rising of Matariki that signals the New Year.

Visit the Ministry for Culture and Heritage website.


Turangawaewae RegattaTurangawaewae Regatta – March

The regatta had its beginnings in March 1896 when the Ngāruawāhia community held an official carnival on the banks of the Waikato and Waipa rivers. Earliest regattas were held at the Point, the confluence of the two rivers. The regatta is now staged permanently from Turangawaewae Marae in Ngāruawāhia.

The regatta aims to encourage aquatic sports and Māori customary river activities, with particular emphasis on the preservation of ancient customs and traditions.

Visit the www.turangawaewaeregatta.co.nz website.


Huntly Half marathon sporting eventHuntly Half Marathon – May

This is one of New Zealand’s largest half-marathon events with approximately 3000 participants each year.

Visit the www.huntlyhalf.co.nz website



Latest Tuakau Saleyards Schedule

Visit the www.agonline.co.nz website








Feeder Calves



Dairy cattle


12 noon

Prime cattle



Store cattle


12 noon

Hampton Downs Race Track - year round

This 185 hectare motorsport park is based around a new 2.8km international race circuit. The facility includes a convention centre, hospitality facilities, purpose-built skid pan and industrial units. Eighty luxury apartments overlook the circuit with 27 available for hire during events.

View the Hampton Downs events calendar here

Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival – February 

Two weeks of outstanding performance – theatre, dance, music, sculpture and much more – in unique outdoor settings in Hamilton’s world class gardens.

Visit the www.hamiltongardensartsfestival.co.nz here

Zuru Balloons over Waikato, Hamilton - March 

Experience the amazing sight of balloons ascending through the Waikato sunrise at 7:30am every morning. Don't miss the Night Glow at Waikato University, where the balloons glow to orchestrated music finishing with a massive fireworks display. The Event runs for five days in mind to late March at Innes Common, Hamilton Lake and The University of Waikato and is a free event enjoyed by visitors of all ages.

Visit the www.balloonsoverwaikato.co.nz website here


Fieldays, Mystery Creek, Hamilton - June

The largest Agribusiness Expo in the Southern Hemisphere. Fieldays received over 130,000 visitors in 2016 and contiunes to grow every year. The event is the largest single-event contibutor to economy in the Waikato region and had a media audience of 29.5 million people worldwide in 2016.

View the Fieldays highlights video here

Visit the official Fieldays website www.fieldays.co.nz here 

Waikato towns

Waikato district offers a welcoming community to suit everyone and every family. Whether it’s a sleepy rural haven, a laid-back beach resort, or towns rich in history and cultural heritage, we have it all. Our towns are a short commute to New Zealand’s largest city Auckland, and its fourth largest city, Hamilton.


The Waikato region has a thriving and distinctive creative sector.There are nationally acclaimed artists in the Waikato such as painters, photographers and sculptors, as well as fresh new talent.

Waikato Museums

There are a number of boutique museums dotted throughout the Waikato district that capture our culture and history.


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