Welcome to the rather mysterious world of Hamilton Gardens
Hamilton Gardens is open every day of the year and entry is free.
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.
The Enclosed Gardens are open 7.30am to 5.30pm during winter months. The Information Centre and Gift Shop is open 9am to 5pm every day except Christmas Day. Gates to access the overall Hamilton Gardens park area are locked at 9pm.
Discover the secrets of Hamilton Gardens
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. Book online to confirm your tour or drop in for a tour at 11am every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.
Information Centre and Gift Shop
Find out all you need to know about Hamilton Gardens and pick up a guide map for just $2. Available in English or Mandarin. Our gift shop stocks Hamilton Gardens merchandise as well as souvenirs and homewares, specialising in quality New Zealand products for garden lovers. You'll find a delicious range of preserves and salad dressings, made locally with ingredients sourced from our gardens.Try lemon curd made with lemons grown in the Concept Garden, or our traditional chunky Seville Orange Marmalade made with fruit grown in the Italian Renaissance Garden! Available stock may vary seasonally.
The Information Centre and Gift Shop is open every day except Christmas Day. We accept payment by EFTPOS, Visa, Mastercard, Alipay, and WeChat Pay.