Guided Tours

Hamilton Gardens is the Waikato’s most visited attraction with approximately one million visitors each year. 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 was transformed from a rubbish dump into an internationally significant garden. Around every corner there is something different.

For group bookings please email our bookings team or call (07) 838 6782.  


Daily Guided Tours

Daily guided tours leave our Information Centre at 11am. Tours take approximately 1 1/4 hours.

Adults $15 - Child 6-14 years $8 - Children 5 and under are free of charge
Minimum of two people. 

BOOKINGS ARE REQUIRED
Between 1 December and 31 March: Book before 9:30am on day of tour
Between 1 April to 30 November: 48 hours notice is required

Please enquire about public holidays. Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday. 

Phone: (07) 838 6782
Email: bookings.gardens@hcc.govt.nz


Group Guided Tours

Choose to have  morning/afternoon tea or lunch before or after the tour throughout the Gardens: perhaps in the Renaissance Gallery beside the Italian Renaissance Garden, or transport yourself to India in the Indian Char Bagh Garden overlooking the Waikato River.

We can be flexible with tour times and can cater to tours with time constraints. 

  • Foreign language guide sheets are available
  • Foreign language speaking guides can be arranged
  • Group to guide ratio is approximately 12 people