Explore an enchanting world of secret gardens at Waikato's most visited tourist destination. The international award-winning Hamilton Gardens is unique; it tells "the story of gardens".
Hamilton Gardens is not a botanical garden. Instead, its concept acknowledges there is a story to tell about gardens, their development over time and across cultures, and their use. The concept has been compared to a museum, where each garden collection has historic integrity and provides a window into the story of civilisations, their arts, beliefs and lifestyles. Beautiful bird's eye view of Hamilton Gardens
Visitors are guided on a journey of discovery along paths delivering mysterious surprises: step from a peaceful Sung Dynasty Chinese Scholar’s garden into an Italian Renaissance Garden, before being enthralled by the grandeur of the Indian Char Bagh (four quartered) Garden.
Telling the story of gardens through themed garden collections, Hamilton Gardens explores different civilisations, and recreates historically important garden styles from the farthest reaches of the world.
Explore the Gardens with our guides who will share the inside story of how the Gardens were transformed from a rubbish dump into an internationally significant garden. Around every corner there is something different.
Guided Tours cost $15 per adult and take approximately an hour. Bookings are essential so please phone 07 838 6782.
Children’s Activity Sheets
The Children’s Discovery Trail, Children’s Tudor Trail and Kid’s Bingo activity sheets provide hours of entertainment at Hamilton Gardens. These free activity sheets takes children on a journey where they can explore an enchanting world of secret themed gardens. Within every garden there is a magical story providing a portal through different civilisations and to the farthest reaches of the world.
Explore a lush tropical garden, mystical ancient China, play shadow bingo or count the number of fairies on wooden carvings filled with curious woodland critters.
Download the free Activity Sheets from the Hamilton Gardens’ website www.hamiltongardens.co.nz/events, or pick up a copy from our Information Centre to see where all the bees, hens, peacocks and woodland critters are hiding!
Marry in the Gardens!
Couples can marry in one of the beautiful themes gardens - perhaps in the grandeur of the Italian Renaissance Garden or the romantic English Flower Garden. You can book one of our gardens for your wedding – for a maximum of about three hours – and we can also arrange catering for you.
Hamilton Gardens provides a magical backdrop for your special day and is the ideal venue to delight your guests. Our pavilion can seat between 50 and 600 people for your reception. We can take the hassle out of planning your big day with our wedding package.
How to find the Gardens
Hamilton Gardens is only a five-minute drive from Hamilton’s CBD and located alongside State Highway 1. The Gardens are open seven days a week (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day) during daylight hours. Entry and parking is free. Mobility scooters, wheelchairs and pushchairs are available to hire and guided tours are available.