Introduced to Hamilton in 2003, the Fine Homes Tour is now firmly established as a high-profile Waikato fundraiser.
In 2003, Christine Couch and Jane Hargood enjoyed an Auckland Fine Homes Tour and discussed the possibility of staging one in Hamilton. That was the beginning of what has become a hugely successful day for Hamilton – both socially and financially.
There was scarcely a man to be found on the first tour, however 16 years later the event is just as popular with males as it is females. Many are partners of women on the tour, but increasingly architects, interior designers and others in the industry are also participating.
The Fine Homes Tour committee has always been made up of like-minded women who give of their time and energy willingly, to benefit worthy charities within the Waikato. The committee endeavours to keep running costs to a minimum through the support of generous sponsors, Lodge Real Estate sales representatives and the use of volunteers, meaning more money for the charities.