Local Attractions

Balloons over Waikato


The Balloons over Waikato Charitable Trust is a non-profit organisation and has been successfully running this event for the previous 11 years. The Festival is a major iconic event for the general public on the annual calendar in both Hamilton and the Waikato Region.Twice voted Best Waikato Event by the public of Hamilton and winner of the prestigious Business Excellence Award for the Not-for-Profit sector, this event is must do in the Waikato events calander. The Event runs for five days in late March, early April at Innes Common, Hamilton Lake and The University of Waikato

Most Hamiltonians will have experienced the awesome spectacle of a hot air balloon floating over their home, workplace, or school in event time. The Festival provides the public of the Waikato with entertainment with a WOW factor that can best be described as 'Magical'.

Experience the amazing site of balloons ascending through the Waikato sunrise at 7.30am every morning and don't miss Hamilton's biggest night out at the Nightglow at The University, where the balloons glow to orchestrated music finishing with the best fireworks display in town.

For more information on Balloons over Waikato please go to: www.balloonsoverwaikato.co.nz






Connect to New Zealand's farming sector.

Total visitor numbers for 2010 Fieldays: 122,349

New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays is the largest agribusiness exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere. New Zealand is a world leader in agriculture and pastoral farming and the National Fieldays is the ultimate launch platform for cutting edge agricultural technology and innovation. With over 1000 exhibitors, National Fieldays is essential in keeping up with the latest trends and developments in the agriculture and farming industries.

National Fieldays is held over four days each June attracting in excess of 130,000 visitors from around New Zealand and internationally from 38 different countries. The current exhibition and demonstration space is over 40 hectares and boasts over 1,000 exhibitors on 1400 sites.

Held at Mystery Creek Events Centre, the agricultural Fieldays is located right in the heart of the Waikato, adjacent to Hamilton International Airport, close to State Highways 1 and 3; and just ten minutes from Hamilton, Te Awamutu and Cambridge.
For more information please go to:www.fieldays.co.nz



Parachute Music Festival




When you think of the ultimate Kiwi summer you think beach, BBQs, jandals, Pohutukawa trees and Parachute: the highly populated Christian music festival that annually rounds off the holiday season. Earning its spot on 25,000 punters calendars each year, Parachute Festival has grabbed the attention of the country. One of the largest music festivals in the Southern hemisphere, it continues to wow its audience each year with a host of national and international artists spread over six stages and four days. It's one big community who tent together, who look after each other, and who get to hear some world class music that has a message.

And amongst all the music there's the village, with a large selection of food and shopping; there's a kids programme for the littlies to enjoy; there's amusement rides, speakers and seminars; there's a skate park; and there's even a water slide to help everyone cool down in the intense Hamilton sunshine. Family friendly, and drug and alcohol free, with an atmosphere described as a "massive, chilled out family picnic"? Parachute Festival is the happiest little festival on earth.
For more information please go to: www.parachutemusic.com