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Cathedral cave, well-known for its acoustics and architecturally
award-winning visitors centre. The group was then split up, with
some delving deeper into the unique Aranui and Ruakuri Caves
that will take your breath away. The more adventurous among us
took to the subzero water temperature for the legendary black
water rafting experience.
We were then treated to a delicious lunch at Iguana Street Bar &
Restaurant, part of the Phoenix Group and one of the many award-
winning restaurants in the heart of Hamilton’s café and restaurant
mecca. A nice stroll followed through the Hamilton Gardens’ lovely
indoor and outdoor spaces, which are perfect for social functions,
meetings, conferences and events. Pre-dinner drinks and functions
can be held in any one of the themed gardens, including the new
Tropical Gardens, and the Pavilion can cater for seated dinners of
up to 500 or 650 theatre-style.
The red carpet was rolled out for our arrival to the Claudelands
Conference & Exhibition Centre. As the group discovered, this
state-of-the-art venue is cleverly designed with an emphasis on
proximity, style and references to the heritage of the area.
Claudelands’ linked rooms and spaces allow configurations that
can be expanded, reduced or used in combinations to suit, and
can host 1200 or more delegates on one site.
With 11 breakout rooms, a range of social spaces and options
for conferencing on any scale, it really boasts flexibility. The
conference centre is complemented by more than 10,000 square
metres of integrated indoor and outdoor exhibition space and a
6000-capacity auditorium, ideal for larger seated banquets and
conference plenary sessions.
Our tour of this amazing centre finished in the kitchen where it was
on for young and old with a MasterChef challenge. The group were
divided into teams and tasked with the ultimate dessert re-creation
of the chocolate mousse. What a memorable night it was!
We arrived at the Novotel Tainui on completion of the evening
for some much-needed shut-eye before the new day dawned. We
began this final day of the trip with breakfast at the Novotel – great
timing for us because the All Blacks were staying there too.
Novotel boasts the city’s best location on the banks of the Waikato
River with 177 accommodation rooms and six modern conference
rooms welcoming up to 300 delegates. Ibis Tainui Hotel (126
guestrooms) also holds a prime position overlooking the Waikato
River, and is within walking distance to the city’s restaurants.
The very unique award winning Wintec venues was the next
stop, right in the heart of the city, which is home to the Atrium, a
perfect choice for your next corporate event. There’s a choice of
four popular spaces and their stylish, modern event facilities cater
for a multitude of occasions from savvy business events and
conferences to vibrant private functions.
We then headed for the Classics Museum, which is not all about
cars. This collection encompasses a range of interests including
an extensive collection of petrol memorabilia. There’s also an
onsite 1950’s themed jukebox, boasting pictures and large statues
of famous movie and rock n roll stars including Elvis, Betty Boop
It’s never too early for a beer and we learnt all about the beer
culture and tasted a few crafty drops at the Hamilton based Good
George Brewery, which came to life after a bunch of friends got
together and decided after years in hospitality and brewing it was
time to create their own craft beer brand.
A fabulous networking lunch followed at Skycity Hamilton, a
premiere entertainment destination in the heart of Hamilton’s CBD
before travelling north of Hamilton to see Hampton Downs, a
world-class centre for adventure activity, corporate hospitality and
motorsport. Based around an international race circuit, this unique
facility offers any number of ways to thrill and engage your
conference or incentive group. m
To learn more about meetings and events in Hamilton and Waikato visit
CINZ conference November
The 38th outing of Conventions & Incentives New Zealand’s annual conference will take place in Rotorua in November.
The two-day meeting runs from November 12 to 13 with the theme `Educate to Innovate’.
With Ngahihi o te ra Bidois set to MC proceedings, keynote speakers include New Zealand entrepreneur Sam Hazeldine,
co-founder of New Zealand success story Jucy Group Limited, Tim Alpe, and MD of EVT Incentive Marketing, Mercedes
Trautwein. Other special guests include CEO of Tourism New Zealand, Kevin Bowler, and Dr Paul Wood, who has gone from
convicted murderer to peak performance and troubled teen guru. m
To learn more and book your place visit www.cinzannualconference.co.nz.
Middle Earth magic on the
Hobbiton Movie Set.
Cheers at the Green Dragon
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