Guided Tours

Hamilton Gardens is the Waikato’s most visited attraction with approximately one million visitors each year. 

Telling the story of gardens through themed garden collections,the Gardens explore different civilisations, and recreates historically important garden styles throughout history. 

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. Hamilton Gardens has 21 themed garden areas with more being developed.

“The concept is, by far, the most exciting I have seen in my twenty year career as a researcher in the field of garden tourism. Hamilton could join the ranks of the five international destination gardens... this is because the vision, as stated, is indeed unique in the world and visually spectacular.” - Central Connecticut State University, World authority on Garden Tourism, Professor Richard Benfield

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


Group Guided Tours

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

  • Minimum of two people
  • Guided tours take approximately 1 1/4 hours
  • Foreign language speaking guides can be arranged
  • Group to guide ratio is approximately 12 people
  • We can be flexible with tour times and can cater to tours with time constraints 

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

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

PICNIC BASKETS
Picnic baskets are available during your visit and can be enjoyed in any of the gardens. Additionally, we can arrange morning/afternoon tea or a lunch in the Renaissance Gallery overlooking the Italian Renaissance Garden.

WAIKATO RIVER EXPLORER
Ask about adding a river cruise on the WaIkato River to your visit. 


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