New Zealand’s largest inland city is seeing an influx of growth, with the local C&I market continuing to gain ground.

The region recently contributed to the success of the 45th New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays event, with it being hosted at Mystery Creek Events Centre. Fieldays is acknowledged as a window into one of the most innovative, forward-thinking agricultural economies in the world.
The clever culinary kids at Roselands Restaurant have introduced flights – but not of the wine kind where you taste several different varieties – the literal kind, by helicopter. Business travellers can now see the incredible landscape from above before hovering down to a special lunch. Very James Bond don’t you think?
The Hamilton & Waikato region is clearly gaining ground in the business event sector not only because of its close proximity to Auckland (just one hour away) but because of its variety of accommodation options, quality infrastructure, and excellent options “beyond the ballroom”.
The local convention bureau (see advertisement opposite page) can assist meeting planners with sourcing venues and selecting activities that suit a range of budgets. Some of the latest developments include:

Dairy industry attends Claudelands’ The Barn

Claudelands’ new space, The Barn, provided the ideal setting for Dairy NZ’s recent event themed ‘From the Farm’. The newly refurbished space was put to the test by more than 200 delegates from Dairy NZ for its annual conference dinner. Situated away from the main conference centre and nestled among the leafy green shades of Claudelands Park, The Barn offers clients a unique area for private functions of up to 250 people.
Dairy NZ’s event coordinator, Andrea Clayton said The Barn provided the perfect venue for their function.

Skycity Hamilton Hotel development

Construction on SkyCity Hamilton’s new $35 million international 4.5-star hotel will begin in June, with the luxury 135-room facility expected to be completed by early 2015.
The SKYCITY Entertainment Group has been granted board approval to build the three-storey hotel on top of the existing casino complex on Victoria Street after three years of planning. The facility will include a five-lane swimming pool, a gym and sauna room.
Hamilton Airport Hotel & Conference Centre
Hamilton Airport Hotel and Conference Centre kicked off 2013 with a new brand, new-look conference centre and a new conference and functions manager, Melissa Gray.
Formerly the Hamilton Airport Motor Inn, the subtle name change to Hamilton Airport Hotel & Conference Centre is in recognition of the hotel’s standard of services and facilities available, especially now that a 200 square metre extension to the conference centre was completed, significantly increasing the meeting space available at the hotel.

Tuakau Hotel

Winner of Hospitality NZ’s 2012 Award for Excellence for Best New/Redeveloped Accommodation Hotel, this boutique country hotel is new to market. Also new is general manager Alexander Siebentritt who joined the hotel in April 2013.
Chosen to lead the team in service excellence, Mr siebentritt comes from the luxury lodge segment of the industry.
For the guest’s comfort and convenience each of the 10 hotel rooms, four studio and two one-bedroom self-catering apartments, provide internet access and individual controlled air-conditioning. King and super-king sized beds are designed for a restful night’s sleep.
The purpose-built lift makes it easy to access both the conference room and hotel rooms to cater for the disabled traveller, while inter-connecting rooms provide options for families and groups travelling together.
Tuakau Hotel is the ideal location for board meetings, sales presentations, training days or social gatherings. Using state of the art audio-visual and internet connections the conference room can accommodate up to 30 guests in U-shape or boardroom/cabaret style, 50 theatre-style, or is an elegant cocktail space for up to 90 guests as it opens onto a private outdoor balcony.
At the heart of New Zealand’s motorsport district which spans from Pukekohe, home to the V8s, to the internationally acclaimed Hampton Downs, the region is alive with motorsport and adventure action. Motocross, Dragway, and Dirt Track Raceway provide lots of thrills and spills. Take to a mountain bike and explore the Hunuas or a rail-trail cycle experience on the Hauraki Plains. Go exploring for glow worms at the Nikau Caves, or surfing on Sunset Beach at Port Waikato. Soak in the hot pools at Miranda. Take an aerobatic or scenic flight from Ardmore, skydive at Mercer, or meander down the Waikato River with Discovery River Cruises. Play a round of golf at each of the four local golf courses, or just rove the district following the historical heritage trails tasting local wines and food.
The Tuakau Hotel in rural North Waikato is just 40 minutes south of Auckland city and is easily accessible from Hamilton and Tauranga making it an ideal venue for organisations with offices across the region.

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