Head down to New Zealand’s only traditional Maaori productive garden to see the harvest of traditional kumara varieties.
Chat to our gardeners about traditional cultivation methods and learn about our special garden.
Te Parapara was originally the name of the pre-European Maori settlement in what is now the centre of Hamilton Gardens. Before Europeans arrived the riverbanks throughout central Waikato were lined with many Maori gardens, so the Waikato /Tainui horticultural heritage in this area is of national significance. The Te Parapara /Hamilton Gardens site was at one time home to Haanui, a famous Ngati Wairere chief, and was particularly renowned as a site of sacred rituals associated with the harvesting of food crops.