The Waikato Show is a celebration of our region’s culture, from our rural traditions to our modern day lifestyles, providing unique experiences for everyone.  Each year the public from around the region and Hamilton city join together to enjoy well-being and lifestyle expo’s, childrens activities, animal experiences, entertainment, carnival fun, shopping and much more.


The first show was held in 1908 and is run by the Waikato Winter Show Association.  The event was initially formed by the businessmen of Hamilton City in order to connect the Agricultural Community with the city folk.  It  had a strong educational focus and was considered a celebration of the various skills of the Waikato people.   The Waikato Winter Show also served to showcase the products hewn from the animals and land of the Waikato Region.  Butter, Cheese, Vegetables, Sewing, Knitting, and Preserves all played an important part in the exhibits.  There was an entertainment act, which at times included tightrope walkers, circus, carnivals and more.


As we work towards the future, our goal is to link more of the diversity in our community together.  We plan to grow and develop a sustainable, quality event that actively represents the Waikato region.  We are talking with new stakeholders all the time, and welcome conversations if you’d like to be part of our planning team.


Want to be part of something that benefits the community,  join a fun team and sharpen your skills?  We have a number of different positions available both leading up to, and during the show where we require the assistance of motivated people like you, who want to help out.  You can look for positions on Volunteering Waikato’s website: Volunteering Waikato, or send an email with your details to and we’ll be in touch.

The Waikato Show is proudly presented by the Waikato Winter Show Association, a charitable organisation that focuses on supporting the Waikato Community through this iconic event.

If you’d like to support our worthy cause, and ensure our continued success, please donate above.