Guided Tours

Explore magical enclosed gardens that tell the intriguing story of how gardens from around the globe reflect different civilisations. 

From our humble beginnings as a city rubbish dump, the Gardens 54 hectares now includes 21 themed gardens that have an internationally unique concept. Take a tour with one of our experienced volunteer guides who will share the secrets on how a community has created such a special attraction in the heart of a city.  

This all-season tour takes 75 minutes and includes our most popular enclosed gardens. Marvel at the mono-chromatic Japanese Garden of Contemplation, or the symmetry of the Italian Renaissance Garden. Discover the subtleties of each garden’s design that have been created by Gardens’ Director Dr Peter Sergel over 30 years. 

“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

Guided Tours


Adults $20
Child aged 6-14 years $13
Children aged 5 years and under are free of charge

Independent Travellers

  • Guided Tours are offered every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am
  • Bookings outside of these hours can be arranged with 48 hours’ notice. Minimum of two people.
  • Guided tours take approximately 1 1/4 hours (75 minutes)
  • All guided tour guests receive a 10% discount in the Hamilton Gardens Shop.

Group Tours

  • Discounts are available for group bookings
  • Minimum of two people
  • Group to guide ratio is approximately 12 people
  • We can be flexible with tour times and can cater to tours with time constraints.
  • Bus and car parking is free.


Bookings are preferred and essential for group tours. To book a place, please call 07 958 5940 or email
All guided tours are unavailable on Christmas Day.


Indulge in a ready-packed gourmet picnic from Hamilton Gardens Café in our award-winning gardens. Already, we are a popular destination for families and friends to gather, and ordering a hamper is the hassle-free way to enhance your visit. The hamper is full of delicious wholesome food, tasty nibbles and beverages. It comes with a blanket and all food packaging is eco-friendly. Simply order your hamper from the Café 24 hours in advance before choosing one of our magical themed gardens to relax in. 

$30 per person. Minimum of two people. Please advise of any dietary requirements. Also available as a gift voucher. Phone Hamilton Gardens Cafe on 07 856 6581  

Ask about adding a river cruise on the Waikato River to your visit, or contact the Waikato River Explorer.