A must-see attraction and one of New Zealand's most popular tourist destination.
In the Paradise Garden Collection you will experience a unique journey exploring gardens inspired by classic designs from a wide range of cultures and eras, inlcuding Italian Renaissance, Indian Char Bagh, American Modernist and more.
State Highway 1, Cobham Drive
Nau Mai, Haere Mai, Welcome to the Waikato Museum
For an inspirational experience, visit us on the banks of the Waikato River in the heart of Hamilton's cultural precinct. With a focus on Tainui culture, the arts, social history, and science; our exhibitions and activities tell the stories of this region. Visit our website for up to date information on special touring exhibitions and some fantastic events.
Open daily 10.00am - 4.30pm
Corner Victoria & Grantham Street
Waikato River Explorer
Experience the beauty of the Waikato River and travel through the heart of Hamilton on the Waikato River Explorer on a 90 minute cruise. We have a fully licensed bar on board and cafe-style food available for purchase during the cruise.
The Scenic cruise departs on Saturday and Sunday from the Hamilton Gardens jetty.
State Highway 1, Cobham Drive, Gate 1 (follow the path to the river from the carpark).
Home to over 600 native and exotic animals. From red panda, Sumatran tigers and chimpanzees, to lemurs, giraffes and rhinos, the zoo also features the new Weka Walk and boasts the largest walk-through aviary in Australasia. Landscaped with NZ native plants, Hamilton Zoo is set amongst beautiful garden settings, paved pathways and boardwalks and is the ideal destination for a relaxing, recreational visit. Want to meet our animals up close, view the website for more details.
Hamilton's riverfront entertainment complex features a wide variety of bars and restaurants, ten pin bowling alley, Timezone, Megazone and ever popular Casino City highlights.
346 Victoria Street
ArtsPost Galleries and shop feature a wide variety of high quality, unique art pieces at affordable prices. We have 3 galleries that change monthly, come support your local artists. Open daily
120 Victoria Street
If you are looking for excerise or recreation the Hamilton pools can cater for you. Twelve months of summer and a world of activities are at your feet! Features include: hydroslides, indoor and outdoor pools, children's playground, a splashpad, picnic area with gas barbeques for a hire, a cafe and gym facilities.
Garnett Avenue, Te Rapa
A boutique swimming facility featuring two indoor pools, a picnic area with gas barbeque for hire and an outdoor children's playground.
Collins Road, Mellive
Kiwi Balloon Company
The ultimate experience touched with serenity and romance. Imagine floating on the breeze above the earth without a care in the world, experiencing the peace and tranquility. The balloon flight is around one hour with a glass of bubbles and snacks to finish. The whole experience takes about 4 hours.
Classic Car Museum
A classic car museum with something designed to cater for every member of the family. Come and have a look at the cars of yesteryear which are sure to bring back memories.
We have over 100 cars for display and an extensive collection of petrol, pedal cars and early pin ball machines.
11 Railside Place
Discover Camellia Tea House in the heart of Zealong's Gordonton Tea Estate, 10 minutes north of Hamilton. Indulge in high tea, light lunch - and taste a cup of fine Zealong tea. Experience New Zealand's only tea farm. Take part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the tea garden.
495 Gordonton Road
Asplendid collection of mature trees stretches across 22 hectares of open pasture, lakes and woodland gardens. Linked by a network of walking tracks and bridges, the park also features great views and spectacular wildlife.
Taitua Road (off SH23 Howden Road)
Waitakaruru Arboretum & The Sculpture Park
Carved into a Waikato hillside quarry, this 42-acre garden and arboretum features unique sculpture exhibitions amidst surroundings that include over 18,000 trees and shrubs, ponds, lake, waterfalls and stream. Visit the website for further information on events & exhibitions.
207 Scotsman Valley Road, Tauwhare
Woodlands Historic Homestead, Public Gardens, Function Centre and Cafe
Gem of the Waikato, proudly owned by the Waikato District Council, only 15 minutes from Hamilton City. Historic Homestead, and cafe, set in peaceful public gardens ideal for conferences, meetings and stunning weddings.
This unique location offers the perfect setting for a range of functions or enjoy a casual visit to the historic homestead, cricket oval, children’s garden and Monet bridge/lake gardens including a multi-media presentation of the estate’s history.
42 Whitikahu Road, Gordonton