Leading Hamilton Hotel, Ventura Inn and Suites is the ideal place to stay for the hot Waikato summer of events.

Leading Hamilton Hotel, Ventura Inn and Suites is the ideal place to stay for the hot Waikato summer of events.

The Waikato is heating up a number of fantastic events this summer and centrally located, Ventura Inn and Suites in Hamilton, is the perfect place to stay.

These events include:

Skycity Hamilton Waikato Cup

On Saturday December 16 the Waikato Racing Club's premier Raceday - the SKYCITY Hamilton Waikato Cup - will take place at the picturesque Te Rapa Racecourse. This great day out features the GR II Cal Isuzu Stakes, GR III SKYCITY Hamilton Waikato Cup and the GR III JSWAP Contractors Sprint. There will be live entertainment and performances, free kids entertainment, food and public bars and of course great horse racing action.

HSBC New Zealand Sevens 2018

Hamilton City is set to host the New Zealand leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series on February 3 and 4 2018.  “This is an exciting event for Hamilton this will be the first time that the event will be held in our own backyard,” says Kenneth Mitchell, owner of Ventura Inn & Suites of Hamilton.

Pirongia Boxing Day Races

New Zealand’s oldest racing club, the Alexandra Racing Club, plays host to the Pirongia Boxing Day Races. Enjoy a flutter on the horses, soak in the summer sun and relax the social atmosphere with this iconic Boxing Day tradition. “This is a great event for both Locals and visitors alike, so pack a picnic and claim your spot among the shady trees surrounding the track for a fantastic Boxing Day experience,” adds Kenneth.

BLACKCAPS v West Indies, 2nd Test

See some world class cricket as the New Zealand Blackcaps take on the West Indies. Seddon Park is a beautiful international cricket facility with a village green setting and picnic-like atmosphere in the heart of Hamilton City. “Seddon Park is a unique cricket ground where spectators are always close to the action at every point in the ground,” advises Kenneth.

Karioi Trail Run

For fitness junkies and athletes, the Karioi Trail Run on December 9 in Raglan is a must do.  With three race categories to choose from – the 24km single or team relay; 1-km run or walk and Mini Karioi Trail 2km for kids 12 years and under – there is something to suit all levels of fitness. Set against the picturesque Waikato country side “the track ascends to 1850m on Mt Karioi and must be completed within 8 hours, making it a challenge for even the seasoned off-road trail runner,” adds Kenneth.

Waikato Museum

The Waikato Museum have a huge range of events and exhibitions this summer. Waikato Museum (Te Whare Taonga o Waikato) is located on the banks of the Waikato River, in the heart of Hamilton's cultural precinct. It has 13 indoor galleries, including a hands-on science gallery for children.

  • Behind Closed Doors: Collection Tour - 24 November 2017
  • Tree-mersion - 25 November 2017
  • Maaori Arts and Crafts: Koowhaiwhai - 1 December 2017
  • Santa Trail - 1 - 24 December 2017
  • Family Fun Day: World Soil Day - 9 December 2017
  • Sunday Recital: Pianist Liam Wooding - 10 December 2017
  • Freedom & Structure: Floor Talk - 16 December 2017
  • Christmas Crafts - 16 - 17 December 2017
  • Christmas Music with the Cambridge Brass Quintet - 24 December 2017

New Zealand’s Biggest Christmas Tree

At 27 metres tall with 186,100 lights, the Hamilton Christmas tree, located in Garden Place will light up the nights throughout December until the New Year. The tree will dominate Garden Place once again in 2017 and be a great focal point for the community to gather, watch, perform and celebrate the festive season. Rides, Food Trucks and Face Painting will start at 5pm on December 2 with the Tree Lighting up from 9pm.


About Ventura Inn & Suites:

Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton is superbly located at the south end of the central business district, only metres from city businesses and the best restaurants, cafes and entertainment. Nearby attractions include the SKYCITY Hamilton Casino, Clarence St Theatre, Waikato Museum of Art & History, Hamilton Gardens and lots of shopping! We are only a short drive from the Claudelands Event Centre and Arena.


Contact Ventura Inn & Suites:

23 Clarence St​, Hamilton

Ph: +64 7 838 0110

Email: reservations@venturainns.co.nz

Website: http://www.venturainns.co.nz/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VenturaHamilton/


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