Hamilton Gardens is a free public park located halfway between Auckland and Rotorua, Auckland and Waitomo, and only a short 45 minute drive from Hobbiton.

We are the perfect stopover to stretch your legs, take a guided tour or river cruise, and indulge in morning/afternoon tea or lunch!

How to find us

We are located on State Highway 1, just south of central Hamilton in the North Island of New Zealand.

By car

View our driving instructions.

By bus

We are serviced by Bus Route 29 - Lakes and Gardens. The bus stop is at the main Gate 1 carpark. Note: the last bus departs Hamilton Gardens at 2.50pm.

Opening Times

Collections and Facilities Opening time Summer Winter
Garden Collections Paradise, Fantasy, Productive 7.30am 8.00pm 5.30pm
Victorian Flower Garden Display Houses 10:00am 5:00pm 4.00pm
Information Centre and Gift Shop* 9:00am 5:00pm 5.00pm
Hamilton Gardens Cafe 9:00am Summer 9.30am Winter 6:00pm 5.00pm

*The Information Centre and Gift Shop is closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday.

There are some garden closures during the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival each February. See Events for Festival dates. 
Garden closures for the 2018 Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival are located here

Information Centre and Gift Shop

Our Information Centre and Gift Shop is accessible through the red arch as you enter from the Gate 1 carpark.

We offer a wide range of homewares and gifts with a garden theme. 

We also have a new range of ‘hands-on’ children’s products designed to stimulate an interest in the outdoors. These have been picked to match themes from our Fantasy and Productive Garden Collections.


Both Gate 1 and Gate 2 on Cobham Drive will take you directly to carparking areas. 

Parking and entry to the Gardens is free. 

Guided Tours

Explore the gardens with our experienced guides and get the 'inside story' on the gardens.

Learn more about our Guided Tours and how to book.

Book a picnic basket

Enjoy a picnic for two while you're here.  

For more details call or email Hamilton Gardens Cafe.


Parking for people with limited accessibility is reserved in each of the main carparks. Most paths in the gardens are at less than a one in twelve grade. However the paths up to the Camellia Carpark and Victorian Flower Garden are steeper and we advise parking in the Camellia Carpark accessible from Gate 2 for easier access to the top areas of Hamilton Gardens. The café and restaurant are accessible to wheelchairs and scooters and provide accessible toilet facilities.

Book a wheelchair, mobility scooter or pushchair

Two mobility scooters are available for hire from the Information Centre. The charge is $8 per hour and a refundable bond of $20 is required. The time limit is two hours and instructions for their use can be given as required. Most paths in the gardens are accessible by mobility scooter.

Limited numbers of wheelchairs and pushchairs are also available from the Information Centre for $5 per hour. The proceeds are passed on to the Friends of Hamilton Gardens.

The mobility scooters and wheelchair can be booked in advance by contacting the Information Centre on 07 838 6782 and are available for use before 4pm.


Bike Hire

A range of bikes are available to hire from Hamilton Gardens, with options for the whole family including cruisers, kid’s bikes and tandems. Full day and half day hire costs $30 and $15 respectively and includes helmets and bike locks.

Bikes can be hired from Hamilton Garden’s Information Centre between 9am and 5pm daily.

Visitors are welcome to cycle to and from Hamilton Gardens, but cycling isn’t permitted within the gardens.

Flying a kite or drone at Hamilton Gardens


You may fly a kite at Hamilton Gardens if it is less than 2 metres in size and flown under the tree line.  Kites must be flown in daylight hours only.

If your kite is larger than 2 metres or if you wish to fly it above the tree line you must obtain permission from the control tower at Hamilton Airport.

  • Call the air traffic control tower on 07 843 1876 at least one day in advance to inform air traffic control, and also on the day just before launching the kite
  • Call the air traffic control again on the day when flying is complete.


To fly a drone over Hamilton Gardens, you will need written permission from the control tower at Hamilton Airport.
You can do this online through​. This must be provided to Hamilton Gardens staff before approval will be given.

​Assessment will be based on whether the request is related to:

  • A booking for one of our venues
  • A photography shoot

For more information please visit the Hamilton City Council unmanned aircraft/drone webpage

View more details on the CAA's rules


Dogs are not permitted in the enclosed gardens or in Hamilton East Park Cemetery. They are allowed everywhere else on a lead. 

We also have an off-lead dog exercise area above the Gate 1 carpark.

Click to view these areas on our map.

Assistance dogs are always welcome throughout Hamilton Gardens.