Hamilton Gardens


The Garden

Nau mai, haere mai! Hamilton Gardens is open every day of the year and entry is free.

Explore an enchanting world of secret gardens at Waikato's most visited tourist destination.

In the 1960s, Hamilton Gardens was a bleak rubbish dump covered in weeds with seagulls circling above. No one could have imagined that such a barren mess would one become an award-winning public garden and the Waikato’s most popular visitor attraction.

Today Hamilton Gardens has an internationally unique concept that tells the ‘story of gardens’. While botanic gardens concentrate on plant collections, at Hamilton Gardens the focus is on the different types of garden that have been developed over the past 4,000 years.

The vibrant and immaculately maintained garden collections explore the history, context and meaning of gardens. Take just a few steps and go from China’s Sung dynasty to the grandeur of the Italian Renaissance era, or wander from the kitchen garden of an 18th century European estate into a surreal world of strange topiary and giant-sized tools.

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Garden Details

Hungerford Crescent, Hamilton East, Hamilton 3216, New Zealand
07 838 6782
Open daily from 7.30am
Brochure Available?
Pick up a visitor map from our Information Centre for just $2! Available in English or Mandarin.
Free parking is available on site through Gate 1 and Gate 2.
Yes we have toilet facilities available.
Yes ou are welcome to bring your own picnic to the gardens.
Wheelchair Access
We have a range of options to assist visitors with limited mobility, including wheelchair hire and scooter hire.
Dogs Allowed
On-lead dogs are welcome, but dogs are not permitted in the Enclosed Gardens. There is an off-lead dog exercise area near Gate 1 carpark. Assistance dogs are always welcome throughout Hamilton Gardens.
Children Allowed
Hamilton Gardens Destination Playground
A playground with a garden theme.

The playground is located near the Gate 2 entrance off Cobham Drive.

Our playground provides for imagination and roleplay, games and puzzles, and discovery and learning.
Get married in one of our beautiful themed gardens. Perhaps the grandeur of the Italian Renaissance Garden, the romantic English Flower Garden, or the fragrant Chinoiserie Garden.

Hamilton Gardens is a beautifully unique venue and the themed gardens provide a stunning backdrop for your ceremony and wedding photographs you will treasure.

The big question has been popped but now there's many questions to be answered as you plan your big day. From catering options to deposit deadlines, everything you need to know is in our Weddings brochure!

Arrange a time to see the possible venues and discuss your requirements by contacting our bookings team by email or phone (07) 958 5940.
Plants/Other Sales
Our gift shop stocks Hamilton Gardens merchandise as well as souvenirs and homewares, specialising in quality New Zealand products for garden lovers.
Guided Tours
Take a tour with one of our experienced volunteer guides who will share the secrets of Hamilton Gardens. This all-season tour takes 75 minutes and includes our most popular gardens.

Drop in for a guided tour at 11am every Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday or select a time and book online via our website.
Function Center Available?
Take the hassle out of organising your event - we can offer spacious meeting rooms. Our team will discuss options with you and provide a tailored quote for your event. Arrange a time to see the possible venues and discuss your requirements by contacting our bookings team by email or phone (07) 958 5940.