The Hamilton i-SITE Visitor Centre (tel. 0800/426-4586; www.visithamilton.co.nz) is at 5 Garden Place, Hamilton. It's open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9:30am to 3:30pm; closed December 25. The Waitomo Discovery Centre & i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 21 Waitomo Caves Rd., Waitomo (tel. 0800/474-839 in NZ, or 07/878-7640; www.waitomodiscovery.org), is open daily 8:45am to 7:30pm in summer, 8:45am to 5pm in winter. Cambridge i-SITE Information Centre, corner of Queen and Victoria streets, Cambridge (tel. 07/823-3456; fax 07/823-3457; www.cambridge.co.nz), is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm and weekends 10am to 4pm. Information Raglan is at 2 Wainui Rd., Raglan (tel. 07/825-0556; fax 07/825-0557; www.raglan.org.nz), and is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm, and Saturday, Sunday, and holidays from 9am to 4pm.
The Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival (tel. 07/859-1317; www.hamiltongardensartsfestival.co.nz) is held in mid-February each year. Balloons Over Waikato (tel. 07/849-5472; www.balloonsoverwaikato.co.nz) is a spectacular event featuring over 30 hot-air balloons in mid-April. The NZ National Agricultural Fieldays (tel. 07/843-4499; www.fieldays.co.nz) is a huge event staged at Mystery Creek in mid-June. It attracts nearly 150,000 national and international visitors. For further information on Waikato events, contact Events Hamilton (tel. 07/838-6679; www.whatsonhamilton.co.nz or www.visithamilton.co.nz).
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.