Top 5 things to do in the Waikato this weekend

Paddlers in the 2016 Cambridge to Hamilton Paddle Race.

Paddlers in the 2016 Cambridge to Hamilton Paddle Race.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Hikoi: September 11-17

Take part in a discovery trail at the Waikato Museum as part of Māori Language Week 2017. Walk the free galleries and look for new words in te reo Māori. The event runs until 5pm on Sunday, September 17. It's a free event located in central Hamilton – no booking is necessary. 

Mitre 10 Cup: Waikato v Manawatū: September 16 

The annual junior march past is scheduled for this game, so get your tickets now and show your support for your local junior club, then get behind the Mighty Mooloos as they take on Manawatū. Kickoff is at 2.35pm on Saturday at FMG Stadium Waikato. Gates open at 11.30am. Tickets can be purchased online via Ticket Direct or at Hamilton i-SITE.

Hamilton Tulip Festival: September 17

The annual Hamilton Tulip Festival is on at the pavilion of the Hamilton Gardens this weekend. There will be performances by local choirs and dance groups, a floral art show, live music and food stalls with traditional Dutch food. The festival opens at 10am on Sunday and ends at 4pm. Entry is free.

Forever I Do Wedding Festival: September 17

The Woodlands Historic Homestead will host talented vendors in the wedding industry this weekend at the Forever I Do Wedding Festival. The event will include workshops by florists, planners, stylists, hair, beauty and barbers, as well as a question-and-answer panel – all in one easy-to-view place. There will also be entertainment, including drums of the Pacific and beer and wine tasting. The event starts at 10am on Sunday and ends at 6pm. Woodlands Estate is located at 42 Whitikahu Road, Taupiri. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online. Door sales are also available.

Cambridge to Hamilton Paddle Race: September 17

The Cambridge to Hamilton Paddle Race on the Waikato River is on Sunday. The race is open to both serious and recreational paddlers and all types and classes of boats – from stand-up paddleboards to waka. Competitors start at the riverside reserve in Cambridge and work their way 23km downstream to the finish line at the Waikato Sports Fishing Club/Hamilton City Hawks Club rooms. There's also an 11km option, which leaves from The Narrows landing. Entries can be made online until midnight on Friday. For more information visit Registration opens at 7am for competitors, with the first start set for 9.30am.

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