Featuring smooth green lawns and colourful flower beds, the Victoria Flower Garden was the first part of Hamilton Gardens to be developed.

Specimen trees stand alone in the middle of lawns and colourful annuals are planted in large collections with a series of geometrical patterns. The Gardenesque garden style is generally intended to display the skill of the gardener and their dominance over the plants they cultivate.

A key feature of this garden is the well-tended lawn, which highlights the blooms and creates clean lines. The invention of the domestic lawnmower in the late 19th century was a key feature of Victorian gardens, where the trend for well-tended lawns developed.



Free entry

Best viewed: all seasons

9.00am - 5.00pm, last entry 4.30pm

Easily accessible

NZ native flora

Colourful blooms

Background of the Victoria Flower Garden

Features of the Victorian Garden

Little Bull

Unveiled in 1968, 'Little Bull' was the first addition to Hamilton City Council's public art collection. The bronze sculpture, sponsored by Hamilton Jaycees as a centennial gift to the city, was supported by the Queen Elizabeth Arts Council and Hamilton residents.

It's a familiar sight now, but Molly Macalister's sculpture initially caused an outrage. It was considered unappealing and too modern for its time, with some people calling for it to be removed. Read more about Little Bull sculpture.


We’re making way for a new open space within Hamilton Gardens, by demolishing the Glasshouse, near the Victorian Flower Garden. The glasshouse has been closed since 2020, as part of cost-saving measures. The maintenance costs for these buildings were high, due to their relative age and energy efficiency.

The entry archway and the black and white tiled flooring will be retained, and a new grassed area with surrounding gardens will be planted during winter and spring. This open space will be free to access for all visitors and not part of the enclosed gardens.

A new, more efficient glasshouse is planned for the upcoming Pasifika Garden, which will showcase productive plants from the South Pacific.  By demolishing the glasshouse, we are making way for an open space for the community to enjoy.  

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