events and catering

Nestled in the heart of Waikato, less than an hour north of Hamilton Airport and an hour and 15 minutes south of the Auckland Airport, Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development offers one of the region’s most unique and spectacular conference and meeting venues.

The College belongs to Waikato-Tainui and is set on top of a hill rich in cultural history, with breath-taking views of the Waikato River, Maunga Taupiri and the Haakarimata Ranges. With a variety of conference and seminar rooms, the College provides an idyllic venue for any conference or seminar of up to 200 guests.  It also offers 46 superior accommodation suites for up to 55 guests, and an amazing range of onsite catering options.  

The College is managed by a team of friendly and helpful staff who take great pride in accommodating the needs of all its guests, including guests with reduced mobility and special dietary needs.

Scroll down to learn more about the College’s services and facilities, and contact the Events Manager, Mereaina Herangi for a personalised, cost-effective quotation.


Our own inhouse catering team has the complete solution to make your meeting, event or function the most enjoyable experience possible. We pride ourselves on our ability to manaaki (care) our guests through our friendly welcome, provision of delicious kai (food) and world class facilities which tell the story of our rich cultural history.

Please choose from our menu selection or contact our Event Manager, Mereaina Herangi to discuss your special requirements.


At Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development we can manage as much or as little of your event as you desire, no matter how big or small. Our services cover event planning, entertainment, audio visual and food and beverage. Whether it is a small, intimate gathering or a large function or event, we have the facilities, skill and experience to create something special and memorable.

Please contact our Executive Director – Conferences and Events, Mereaina Herangi to discuss your special requirements.