June 20 - Chiefs v British & Irish Lions
Just an hour and a half south of Auckland, the DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 reaches New Zealand’s fourth largest city – Hamilton – a thriving metropolitan hub on the banks of the Waikato River. With great shopping, a diverse arts scene, vibrant nightlife and award-winning restaurants, Hamilton has all the buzz you’d expect from a big city mixed with the relaxed lifestyle Kiwis are renowned for.
The visually stunning Hamilton Gardens are webbed by paths that journey through a gallery of themed gardens from grand Italy to tranquil Asia. Hamilton’s Mystery Creek is home to New Zealand’s pre-eminent annual farming and agriculture trade show – Fieldays – the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and mixed with great entertainment. The Fieldays event coincides with the Lions Tour, and both Lions fans and locals are welcome, so if you’re keen to see how farming innovations and practices are changing in NZ, or you’re seeking a fun family day out, don’t miss this.
Hobbiton, the 12-acre movie set used in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies, is situated on a working sheep farm near Matamata – 45 minutes from Hamilton
visithamilton.co.nz will tell you more.