Recreating the lush and exotic feel of a tropical island, the Tropical Garden is an experience you cannot miss.

A garden dripping with plants so lush you will feel transported to the heat of a tropical jungle.

Gardeners in temperate climates have long dreamed of recreating the lush and exotic feel of the tropics. Using tropical-style plants like bromeliads, orchids, and palms, this garden creates a dense, jungle-like atmosphere. Hidden systems keep the plants safe from Waikato frosts while lush plantings and a vertical garden will make you feel like you have stepped into a jungle.



Free entry

Best viewed: all seasons

9.00am - 5.00pm, last entry 4.30pm

Easily accessible

NZ native flora

Colourful blooms

Popular with kids

What you'll find in the Tropical Garden

  • A jungle-like atmosphere bursting with vibrant blooms
  • Lush textures and bright coloured accents
  • A warm, luscious environment filled with fragrance.

Background of the Tropical Garden

Imagine stepping into a world of vibrant greenery and exotic blooms, where the air hums with the music of unseen creatures. This is the magic of the Tropical Garden at Hamilton Gardens, a haven of warmth and tranquillity amidst the cooler climate of Hamilton.

The captivating Tropical Garden fulfils a common desire among gardeners: to cultivate a piece of paradise right in their own backyard. Whether you dream of alpine slopes in Switzerland or a lush oasis in the Arizona desert, the Tropical Garden offers a taste of the exotic within reach.

Despite experiencing winter frosts as low as -6°C, the Tropical Garden thrives thanks to careful planning and design. Hardier plants provide protective shelter for more delicate flora, while an advanced irrigation system offers additional frost protection.

Step into a dense, jungle-like atmosphere bursting with exotic plant life. Bromeliads, orchids, and towering palms create a visual feast, while Clivia, Xeronema, Niphidium, and Darmera add lush textures and vibrant colors. Even bamboo finds its place, contained within concrete pipes to manage its growth.

A captivating feature of the Tropical Garden is the vertical wall adorned with 3,000 individual plants. This living tapestry adds another layer of verdant beauty alongside the tranquil pond, creating a truly immersive tropical experience.

Whether you're a seasoned plant enthusiast or simply seeking a moment of escape, the Tropical Garden at Hamilton Gardens awaits.

Immerse yourself in the Tropical Garden’s warmth, exotic beauty, and captivating atmosphere, and discover a paradise unlike any other.

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