Phone to book: 07 827 4178




Mighty River Domain, Lake Karāpiro is host to many high profile sporting and recreational events. Our annual
event calendar includes the National Waka Ama Championships, National Dragon boat championships, the national Secondary Schools Rowing regatta (Maadi Cup) and the New Zealand GP Hydroplane Championships.
We also hold a number of different community events including Armistice in Cambridge Stragglers Rod & Kustom Club classic car show, the Waikato Vintage tractor Club swap meet, plus many more.

With the capacity to host up to 15,000 people, Mighty River Domain, Lake Karāpiro is perfect for large events, with plenty of indoor administration space available for event managers.

The Domain's infrastructure is 'state of the art' and provides a professional and high level of service for any event.


The beautiful tree-lined shores of the Mighty River Domain, Lake Karāpiro provide a perfect location for weddings and special occasions. You can choose to get married on site in 19 hectares of park like surroundings or alternatively, Cambridge has many stunning wedding locations, all within a short drive.

From the ceremony and reception to the rehearsal dinner, the spacious Main Hall in the Sir Don Rowlands Centre has floor to ceiling windows for 180-degree lake views.

With the flexibility to accommodate small and large weddings, the Main Hall can seat 100-550 guests for a buffet or sit down meal, or 900 for cocktails and canapes.

Our accommodation can cater for your wedding party and is the perfect base for your weddings guests.

For further information or for a site viewing please contact the site office 07 827 4178 or email us on


Looking for a venue that is quiet, picturesque and away from the hustle and bustle of the City? Look no further than Mighty River Domain, Lake Karāpiro. With its central location and ample parking, the Domain is perfect for your next corporate event. Whether it's a themed corporate dinner, product launch, exhibition or social function, Mighty River Domain, lake Karāpiro is a venue that will make your event truly special.

Extensive views of Lake Karāpiro, Maungatautari and a spectacular lakeside location are two reasons why Mighty River Domain, Lake Karāpiro and the
Sir Don Rowlands centre stand out from other venues. Please refer to Room Hire.

We can also include a range of outdoor activities to entertain your group during down time. Our team can assist you to arrange everything down to the last detail, ensuring your event is successful and enjoyable.

We cater for indoor and outdoor stages within the Sir Don Rowlands Centre or on the spectator embankment next to the lake. With outstanding parking facilities, the Domain caters for up to 15,000 people outdoors and up to 1,000 indoors.

For further information or a site viewing please contact the site office on 07 827 4178 or email us at

Event Hosts

Mighty River Domain, Lake Karāpiro is a versatile venue with an impressive multi-purpose indoor and outdoor sports and events arena, including the Sir Don Rowlands Centre (link to relevant page). Just a few minutes' drive from Cambridge, in the heart of the Waikato, the venue is extremely flexible and can be adapted to meet the needs of any size event.

The Domain features a range of indoor and outdoor zones suitable for sporting events, conferences and entertaining.

The spectator embankment overlooking the Lake is perfect for visitors to view water-based events. Our team will work with you to organise your event so that it runs smoothly.

We take care of cleaning, rubbish clearing, accommodation bookings and facility maintenance during your event. An Event Management Manual is given to all Event Hosts. You can download as a pdf opposite.

The guide is an easy to follow manual for running events at the Mighty River Domain, Lake Karāpiro

All events require an Event Booking Form to be completed.

Management Services

The team at Mighty River Domain, Lake Karāpiro will work with you to ensure your event or function is hassle free. Here are some of the services we provide:

Catering co-ordination
We are happy to co-ordinate your catering and a variety of menus and caterer options can be forwarded to you on request.

Refreshment Services
If you are planning a function in the Sir Don Rowlands Centre, our team will provide full refreshment services. We will work with you to co-ordinate your preferences for your function.

AV Hireage
If you are requiring any audio visual equipment for your function in the Main Hall, we can provide you with contact details of local companies who could assist with your requirements. These can be forwarded to you on request.


Mighty River Domain has three entry gates:
GATE 1 (Judd Lane)
Access to Cambridge Rowing Club and Karāpiro Waterski Club (and boat park,
when Domain is used for a rowing regatta)

GATE 2 (Maungatautari Road)
Site Office, VIP entry and bus access during events; upper and lower campground

GATE 3 (Maungatautari Road)
Public and disabled parking, Rowing New Zealand High Performance Centre,
Waikato Rowing, Cambridge Yacht Club, Volleyball Sand court.

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