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What's on in Waikato March 2020


The Great NZ Beer Festival

7 March 2020
Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton

More than 40 craft breweries and cider producers will be pouring over 300 different drops, so there will be something to please every palate. Compliment the brews with a delectable selection of meals and snacks from an eclectic selection of local foodies. With dozens of interactive workshops and beer tasting seminars, plus an awesome lineup of great Kiwi artists on the Music Stage, the Great Kiwi Beer Festival is a day dedicated to great craft beers, good mates and fun in the sun.

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Food truck Fridays

6 March – 3 April 2020
Victoria on the River, Hamilton

There has been many requests and it’s finally here – Food Truck Fridays! Waikato Food Inc, in association with The Food Truck League NZ are brining Food Truck Friday to Hamilton every Friday from now until the Feast Waikato event in April. There will be new trucks to try each Friday, so add it to the calendar and head down to Victoria on the River for dinner.

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Hamilton Children's Day

7 March 2020
Garden Place, Hamilton

This free event will feature rides, inflatables, Chalkfest, Stage Entertainment, Youth Zone Passport Challenges, Central Library Activities, Waikato Museum Dino-themed activities including free entry to Exscite & Bright Sparks, Dino Stomp Trail between Waikato Museum and the library, photo booths, spot prizes and loads more...

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Chiefs v Hurricanes

13 March 2020
FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton

Guaranteed to be an intense game, head down to FMG Stadium Waikato and be there to take in the action when the Gallagher Chiefs take on the Hurricanes this March.

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Celebrating the Art of Recycling

14 – 15 March 2020
Waitakaruru Arboretum and Sculpture Park, Tauwhare

Come along to meet three of the foremost artists in New Zealand who create sculptures out of recycled metal. Nathan Hull, Marti Wong, and Adrian Worsley are the featured artists for this weekend at the Sculpture Park with the opportunity to learn about how each of these artists develop their sculptures.
Take the time to walk the 2 km long art-in-nature trail where you will discover more than 100 sculptures and installations all made here in New Zealand. This woodland setting is a former quarry rehabilitated over the past 28 years with more than 20,000 trees planted in what is now a protected forest.

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Balloons Over Waikato

17 – 21 March 2020
Innes Common, Hamilton

Anyone looking skyward around Hamilton in mid-March is likely to be rewarded with the sight of brightly coloured hot-air balloons floating overhead as part of the hugely successful five-day Balloons Over Waikato event. New Zealand’s premier ballooning festival draws balloons, pilots and enthusiasts from around the world, attracted by its meticulous planning, friendly welcome and ideal flying conditions.
More than 130,000 people are set to attend the annual Balloons Over Waikato event and with the Nightglow alone drawing around 80,000.

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Turangawaewae Annual Regatta

21 March 2020
Turangawaewae Marae, Ngaruawahia

The Turangawaewae Regatta is an integral part of the history of Ngaruawahia and a tradition for New Zealand. It’s the only Maori aquatic carnival of its kind and the only regular event when Waka Tauaa or Maori War Canoes take to the water. This annual event is hosted under the patronage of the Maori King, Kingi Tuheitia with exclusive guided tours of Turangawaewae Marae on offer that are only available during the regatta event. The regatta is an all-day whaanau (family) festival featuring; waka tauaa parade (two appearances 11am and 3pm), kapa haka (Maaori cultural) performances, Waka Kopapa (single hull canoe) racing, traditional kai (food) stalls, craft and education stalls and demonstrations and much more.

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Meditation on the Maunga – Twilight edition

21 March 2020
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

During your time on the mountain, experienced practitioners Elizabeth Day and Willa Thaniya Reid will encourage you to develop an attuned approach to your meditation and to your on-going experience. Guidance will be offered through sessions of walking and sitting meditation. This allows a deepening of your ability to notice and reflect on ‘inner’ experiences, and to attune to all the Maunga (mountain) offers.

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Piako Triathlon

22 March 2020
Morrinsville Recreation Grounds, Avenue Road, Morrinsville

Held in the stunning tree lined Morrinsville Recreation Grounds, this is a perfect triathlon for those wanting to ‘have a go’ or are just starting out in triathlons – and with both adults and children’s races there are options for all the family.

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Waikato Show

27 - 29 March 2020
Claudelands Event Centre

From its early days as an Agricultural and Dairy Show in 1907, the Waikato Show is unique in New Zealand and has grown to become a showcase of the Waikato. It celebrates and offers a taste of the region’s diverse communities, organisations, and businesses. A great day out for the whole family with a range of exhibitions, cultural performances and amusement rides.

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The Great Pumpkin Carnival

29 March 2020
Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton


The Great Pumpkin Carnival was started in 2009 as an event to celebrate pumpkins, showcase Hamilton Gardens and to be a fun family day out for people of all ages. Over the years the carnival has grown and evolved to include more categories including; best miniature pumpkin, best pumpkin creation, and pumpkin racers plus entrainment for the whole family.

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Yonex Waikato Badminton International 2020

26 - 29 March 2020
Eastlink Sports Centre, Hamilton

This exciting international event hosted by Waikato Badminton returns to Hamilton for the second consecutive year. The Yonex Waikato International 2020 is expected to draw a world-class field of athletes from the Waikato and all over New Zealand as they compete for valuable world ranking points to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The event in 2019 attracted a number of Olympians, Commonwealth Games representatives, and World Championship and World Junior Championship medallists and it is hoped that over 100 athletes will again converge in Hamilton in 2020.

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