Summer is underway in the Mighty Waikato and things are heating up (literally). There’s no need to run away to the Coromandel for summer fun—there are plenty of festivities happening right here in Hamilton. From boozy outdoor paint classes and the return of the pumping Sevens, here’s everything you need to check out this month in Hamilton and beyond. Hop to it!
January 10 to 12
Ain’t no better way to set your intention for the new year than at Solrise Gathering in Raglan. The three-day festival offers engaging workshops on arts, culture, environmental initiatives, and movement. The setting itself will also spark inspiration—it’s held at Solscape’s eco-retreat nestled at the base Mt Karioi with spectacular views overlooking the Tasman Sea. Expect everything from full moon drumming circles and circus performances to meditation and garden-to-plate vegan food. Secure your tickets now and rise to your best year yet.
January 17 to 19
Another Raglan gem. Soundsplash takes over Wainui Reserve with three days of music, freedom and expression. This year’s festival is headlined by Peking Puk (DJ set), Polo G, Dylan Frost (of Sticky Fingers), Mitch James, Home Brew and a tonne more. Punters can get amongst the buzz of the crowds while grooving to tunes, or take a step back and relax in a myriad of chill zones. The festival also showcases thought-provoking speakers, inspiring creatives and talented artisans. We’ll see you there.
Painting In The Park
Paint and wine parties are steadily taking over the country, and now, we bring you Paintvine In The Park. The event sees you learning to paint your own masterpiece in the open air of the Hamilton Gardens as you enjoy a tipple of your choice. You’ll be guided by the talented team at Paintvine who will also take care of the art supplies and clean-up—too easy. All you need to do is bring your wine or beer and a can-do attitude. The first class will be held on January 19 with more events planned for February.
Sounds Of Sevens
‘Twas the night before the Sevens and Hamilton is gearing up to party. Kick off your HSBC New Zealand Sevens weekend at the highly anticipated Sounds Of Sevens gig. Held at FMG Waikato Stadium, the pre-game party will showcase DJs and musicians before headlining with the oh-so-talented Tiki Taane and Mitch James. Music aside, there will also be amusement rides as well as food trucks and bars to keep you going throughout the evening.
HSBC New Zealand Sevens
January 25 & 26
Round up your squad and brainstorm a costume theme. The HSBC New Zealand Sevens is returning to Hamilton’s FMG Waikato Stadium and you won’t want to miss out on the excitement. The two-day tournament will showcase fast-paced rugby from both men’s and women’s teams as well as plenty of off-field action. Go for the rugby, stick around for the hilarious costumes and party vibes. Don’t miss on nabbing tickets—the event is known for being a sell-out.
Gourmet In The Gardens
It wouldn’t be summer in Hamilton without the city’s favourite foodie event Gourmet In The Gardens. The weekly event sees an impressive selection of food trucks and stalls take over the Hamilton Garden for an al fresco feast. Eat your way around the vendors every Sunday this month (January 5, 12, 19 and 26) and head further afield to Lake Karapiro for an out-of-town version of the event on Saturday, January 4. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the live music and good vibes as day turns to night.
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