Hire Prices

These prices are our rack rates. Please contact our Bookings team by email or phone (07) 958 5940 for a personalised quote based on your requirements.

Additional time and costs could be incurred for set up and pack down. A bond may be required. Prices include GST. Valid until 30 June 2022. 

Seasonal highlights

Hamilton Gardens is a magical destination at any time of the year. If you're caught out with rainy weather, pop in and borrow an umbrella from our Information Centre. Feeling hot? There are free water fountains located throughout the gardens.


Around every corner there is a surprise, from reflections in the Cloud Court through to glimpses of the Waikato River from the Lawn Court. Look out for our flowering summer bedding in the Victorian Flower Garden and award winning roses in the Rogers Rose Garden.


Autumn provides a spectacular display of fiery oranges, reds and yellows throughout the gardens. Don’t miss the Italian Renaissance Garden with the changing colours of the Virginia Creeper and grape vines.


Misty mornings give way to clear skies over dramatic structures and courtyards - a photographer’s dream! Additional highlights include the Bussaco Woodland magnolias in late winter, and look out for the native tūī bird in our flowering cherries.


As temperatures slowly warm, an abundance of new growth from fresh foliage to blooming flowers emerge. The Victorian Flower Garden glasshouses continue to put on a magnificant show of colourful blooms, and take time to explore the cactus house.

Upcoming garden closures

At times some gardens may be closed temporarily for private events or maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience.

October 2021

The following gardens are closed to the public during Alert Level 2:

November 2021

December 2021

February 2022

March 2022

September 2022

November 2022

Getting Married?

We love to host weddings here at Hamilton Gardens. Check out our Weddings page for inspiration for your big day!

Guided Tour Add-On

Your guests will enjoy exploring Hamilton Gardens with our guides who will share the ‘inside story’ of how this public park was transformed from a rubbish dump into an internationally significant garden. Around every corner there is something different....

Call (07) 958 5940 or send us an email to talk about adding a guided tour to your event.

Wedding FAQs

Is parking available?

Free parking is available in our carparks located at Gate 1 and Gate 2 off Cobham Drive.


Can we self cater?

Self catering is not available.


Can we bring our own beverages?

Yes this is possible. If just for ceremony, please ensure to use plastic not glassware in the gardens.


How many people does each room accommodate in the Hamilton Gardens pavilion?

(Banquet style)
Central Court (dance floor) Up to 300
Exhibition Hall Up to 200
Central Court + Exhibition Hall Up to 500
Chartwell Room Up to 55

For more information on room sizes and facilities, please take a look at our Venue Hire page.


Can we self-decorate?

Yes you can self-decorate. Our Bookings team can also recommend a number of hire and theming companies.


Catering options

At Hamilton Gardens our contracted caterers offer a wide range of menus to fit your tastes and budgets. Please contact the catering companies directly for menus and quotes.


Edible Solutions


Hamilton Gardens Café


Kerr and Ladbrook


Maggy’s Catering


Montana Food & Events


Phoenix Events and Friends Cuisine of India


Spit Roast Catering Company


Three Forks


Please note: Only these caterers can provide catering at Hamilton Gardens (including the Pavilion). If these caterers are unable to meet your cultural cuisine requirements, please contact our bookings team to discuss your options.

Download Our Brochure

The big question has been popped but now there's many questions to be answered as you plan your big day. From catering options to deposit deadlines, everything you need to know is in our Weddings brochure!


Get Married at Hamilton Gardens brochure [PDF file, 800KB size]

Arrange a time to see the possible venues and discuss your requirements by contacting our bookings team by email or phone (07) 958 5940.


Venue Hire FAQs

Do I need to make an appointment to see the venue or talk with a staff member?

Yes. Please contact the Bookings Team on 07 958 5940 so we can ensure our availability, and that the venue is not booked for another event.

How far in advance do I need to book?

The sooner the better to secure the date and venue you want. This also allows ample time to arrange catering and other requirements.

When I arrive will everything already be set up?

Not unless you’ve pre-organised this. Hamilton Gardens staff can set up or pack down for your event during business hours, the cost is $60 per hour (subject to availability). Or ask us for a recommendation for an event styling service provider.

Can we set up for our event?

Yes. Please ensure you allow time in your booking for setting up in advance and packing out afterwards.

Is wifi available?

Yes you can access free wifi (wireless internet) in all four rooms within the Hamilton Gardens pavilion.

Is parking available?

Free parking is available through Gates 1 and 2 of Cobham Drive.

How does the payment work?

Tentative bookings are held for one month and then automatically released. A booking is regarded as tentative until the confrmation letter has been signed and returned. Full payment is required prior to your event. A refundable bond may also be required.

Booking conditions apply and our full terms and conditions are available on request.

Is cleaning included in the venue hire cost?

Yes, a standard clean is included in the venue hire price. Please ensure the room is left in the same condition as when you arrived. We have a recycling station and rubbish disposal station available.

Are there additional costs for public holidays?

Yes. Hamilton Gardens venue hire prices remain the same however there may be additional costs for other services – catering surcharge, security guards etc. Please contact the Bookings Team to discuss.

What are the health and safety requirements?

Anyone doing physical work at Hamilton Gardens, including caterers, decorators and event managers, needs to complete our health and safety pre-qualifcation process.

How do we access the back of Hamilton Gardens to pack-in and out?

Access to the back of the Pavilion is available via the service lane of Gate 2 car park.

Catering Options

At Hamilton Gardens our contracted caterers offer a wide range of menus to fit your tastes and budgets. Please contact the catering companies directly for menus and quotes.

Three Forks


Spit Roast Catering Company


Phoenix Events and Friends Cuisine of India


Montana Food & Events



Kerr and Ladbrook


Hamilton Gardens Café


Edible Solutions


Please note: Only these caterers can provide catering at Hamilton Gardens (including the Pavilion). If these caterers are unable to meet your cuisine requirements, please contact the Bookings team to discuss your options. 

Contact the Friends

2020 Annual Report

Download PDF files:

Make a donation

Your donation - be it big or small - goes directly to Hamilton Gardens’ developments, ensuring the gardens continue to bring joy and prosperity to the Hamilton community.

If you would like more information about donations, donations ‘in memory of’ or bequests please contact Marleina Ruka.

Volunteer at the Gardens

Becoming a Friend may simply mean that you are happy for your subscription to give our funds a boost, knowing you are contributing to Hamilton’s jewel in its crown.

However if you enjoy interacting with a wide range of people and completing a range of retail tasks you may like to join the team of volunteers who staff the Visitor Centre at Hamilton Gardens. Full and ongoing training is provided. The position description and application form can be downloaded here: Hamilton Gardens Visitor Centre volunteer staff application form [PDF file, 4 pages] 

Also, volunteers are always needed to help out at events or at weekly propagating days. Ask a committee member for more information!

Our events

We have lots of activities throughout the year. These include:

Visit the Hamilton Gardens Events page for more details or take a look at the events listed Hamilton Gardens Facebook page.

Become a Friend

Become a Friend of Hamilton Gardens

As a Friend of Hamilton Gardens, you're part of a like-minded community making a valuable contribution towards creating a world-class garden experience. All members receive our annual journal and regular newsletters so that you are always in touch with the latest news from Hamilton Gardens.

As well as discounts at local retailers and at the Hamilton Gardens gift shop, you'll also be included in invitations to exclusive opening events and behind-the-scenes tours of gardens under development.

About us

Now in its 34th year, the Friends of Hamilton Gardens organisation was formed in 1988 to support the growth of the Gardens and to provide a key focus for community involvement. The Friends of Hamilton Gardens Inc is a New Zealand registered charity, registered number CC23690.

We play a key role in raising awareness and promoting the use and enjoyment of Hamilton Gardens by raising funds for on-going garden developments.

In the past three years we have raised $420,000 for features in the upcoming Ancient Egyptian Garden (opening summer 2021/2022), Medieval Garden and Pasifika Garden.

Download Our Brochure

Planning your next event? Need a location for an upcoming meeting? Want to put on a function that's a little bit out of the ordinary? Everything you need to know is in our Venue Hire and Events brochure.


Hamilton Gardens Venue Hire and Events brochure [PDF, 1400 KB size]
Pricing valid until 30 June 2022

Arrange a time to see the possible venues and discuss your requirements by contacting our Bookings team by email or phone (07) 958 5940.

Please note: Bookings for May 2022 – February 2023 are currently on hold due to potential construction work at the Hamilton Gardens pavilion. Get in touch if you need to discuss these dates.

Supporting local community

Over the past forty years Hamilton Gardens has been transformed into a world class garden, not through a massive Council budget but through a sustained community effort. Our community is essential to our existence so we give back in a number of ways.

All New Zealand Charitable organisations receive a 66% discount on the venue hire rates at Hamilton Gardens and local gardening groups or other local specialist groups receive a generous discount on Guided Tours.  We provide the Friends of Hamilton Gardens with a special Christmas shopping day once a year when they receive additional discount off their purchases in our Gift Shop. Hamilton Gardens is a major sponsor of the annual Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.

We are active members of Botanic Gardens of New Zealand (BGANZ) and Hamilton and Waikato Tourism. All our staff receive one paid day each year to volunteer at a community organisation. We also provide work experience opportunities to local students at Wintec and The Unversity of Waikato.

All surplus produce from the Kitchen Garden is given to Kaivolution, a local charity that provides fresh food to local people in need:

"Hamilton Gardens has very kindly donated beautiful fresh produce from the gardens to Kaivolution Food Rescue.  Since we started in 2014, this produce has been given out to literally thousands of very grateful people and families throughout the Waikato.  We are extremely grateful for Hamilton Gardens support, in both helping people in need and in the very important task of minimising food waste."   
Simon Gascoigne, Co-ordinator, Kaivolution Food Rescue

Education opportunities

Hamilton Gardens is an ideal location for educational opportunities, from geometry in the Italian Renaissance Garden to history in Te Parapara, New Zealand's only traditional Maaori productive garden..

Environmental Commitment

Hamilton Gardens is committed to a range of sustainable management practices including:



International Garden of the Year 2014

Today, the gardens are an internationally award winning destination. 

International Garden of the Year 2014

Hamilton Gardens was awarded the prestigious ‘International Garden Tourism Award’ at the International Garden Tourism Network (IGTN) conference in France in October 2014. This annual award is presented to gardens that have distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of the garden experience as a destination tourism attraction. Previous winners have included Singapore Botanic Gardens and the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle in Merano, Italy.

The award juror, IGTN member, Michael Gauthier said the award indicated that Hamilton Gardens was ‘a leading example of integrating quality garden experiences to the tourism industry’.

Hamilton Gardens was nominated by World Garden Tourism Council committee member Dr Richard W Benfield (Central Connecticut State University/world authority on garden tourism). Following his visit to Hamilton Gardens in 2013 he said ‘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’.

Outstanding Park Award 2016

Hamilton Gardens claimed the ‘Outstanding Park Award 2016’ at the New Zealand Recreation Association conference held in Queenstown. 

The judges described Hamilton Gardens as “an eye-catching and fascinating themed garden that has taken this facility from a local asset to both a national and international tourist attraction with positive economic flow-on for the whole community”.

Read more.

Supreme Award Winner McGredy Winder SOLGM Local Government Excellence ® 2016

We won the supreme award at the the SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards ® for our development project 'Hamilton City Council: Council Transforms A City Dump – the Hamilton Gardens Project.'
This entry also won the Innovation in Council Community Relations category. 


Historic images

Our Concept

For more than 4,000 years garden design has been a serious art form reflecting different: lifestyles, religious beliefs, contemporary arts, social structures, philosophies and the changing attitudes to nature. The collection of gardens being developed at Hamilton Gardens won’t just address the context, meaning and history of gardens. When complete it will also reflect the evolution of civilisation.

About Us - Kiosk

In the 1960s, Hamilton Gardens was a bleak city rubbish dump covered in blackberries with seagulls circling above. Remnants of the Gardens’ earlier history as a pre-European Pa, British military post, Victorian rifle-range and dog-dosing station lay scattered across the site.  Four acres had been part of the Hamilton East Town Belt and was passed over to Hamilton City Council for the purposes of a public garden; an opening ceremony for Hamilton Gardens was held on 24th July 1960. The site now extends over 54 hectares. 

Today, more than 40 years later, these humble beginnings have been overshadowed by the development of the Gardens’ internationally unique concept: The History, Context and Meaning of Gardens. Hamilton Gardens is not a botanical garden. Instead, its concept acknowledges there is a story to tell about gardens, their development over time and across cultures, and their use.  This concept was conceived in the early 1980s by Hamilton Gardens director Dr Peter Sergel and met with significant enthusiasm from city councillors. Some of its inspiration came from the Bundesgartenschau of Germany and other international garden shows, where many differing approaches to gardening and garden design are brought together on one site. The concept has also been compared to a museum, where each garden collection has historic integrity and provides a window into the story of civilisations, their arts, beliefs and lifestyles. More than 30 years later, Sergel’s sketchbook designs are almost identical to the themed gardens existing today. 

Assistance from the community, and trusts formed to support specific garden developments, has been invaluable to the Gardens development. For 20 years the Gardens benefitted from the labour provided by Taskforce Green and Pre-Employment Programmes which subsidised the wages of young workers while they developed skills on the job. 

Information Centre and Gift Shop

Alert Level 3: The Information Centre and Gift Shop is closed

Toilets and changing facilities

Toilets and baby changing facilities are located at the following locations:

Activity sheets for children

Click on the images to download our fun activity sheets for the kids.

Children's Discovery Trail

Children's Tudor Trail

Bingo for Kids

Children’s block sculptures

Have you seen the four blocks scattered across the maze in our playground? They have some activities for the kids on them.


Discover some SECRETS of Hamilton Gardens!


Each block has pictures on it like this:

To find the answer click here. To find the items pictured, click here.

Gift shop

Come and check out the range of childrens's items in our gift shop

Our gift shop is located in our Information Centre.



Hamilton Gardens Destination Playground

A playground with a garden theme

The playground is located near the Gate 2 entrance off Cobham Drive.

Our playground provides for imagination and roleplay, games and puzzles, and discovery and learning.

Wedding Photography

Bookings for wedding photographs are not required and there is no charge. However, we ask that you are respectful to other wedding groups and visitors to the gardens.

Garden Ceremony

A wedding ceremony in any of the enclosed themed gardens, or within the wider gardens. Bookings are essential.



Enjoy the luxury of more time with family and friends after your wedding ceremony. This special add-on gives you up to three hours in the garden of your choice. Garden is open to the public and time extension is subject to availability.



Have your ceremony in privacy with the garden closed off from the public. Hamilton Gardens is a public park so in order to close a garden we are required to give public notice of a particular garden closure. Only certain gardens are able to be closed, and are subject to availability.

November to April (peak season)

May to October (off-peak season)

Medici Court in Italian Renaissance Garden



For wet weather alternatives, indoor venues such as the Summerhouse in the Mansfield Garden can be booked in advance.

Talk to our Bookings team about your options! Contact us by email or phone (07) 958 5940.

Flying a kite or drone at Hamilton Gardens

Because we are on the flight path for the air ambulance the Hamilton Airport control tower has requirements for flying kites and drones at Hamilton Gardens. 

Kites: Kites less than two metres in size can be flown under the tree line during daylight hours. Kites larger than two metres or to be flown above the tree line need 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, then again when flying is complete. 

Drones: Drones require written permission from the control tower at Hamilton Airport. You can do this online through airshare.co.nz . This must be provided to Hamilton Gardens staff before approval will be given - to avoid conflict with a booking or photography shoot. For more information please visit the Hamilton City Council unmanned aircraft/drone webpage

View more details on the CAA's rules

Guided tours

Alert Level 3: Guided Tours are not available

Experience a world of different cultures, beliefs, and design...

Take a tour of Hamilton Gardens with one of our experienced guides who will share their behind-the-scenes knowledge. Even if you're a local who's visited a hundred times before, you’ll discover much more about the award-winning garden designs created here over the last 30 years. The tour takes 75 minutes and reveals the secrets of our most popular themed gardens.

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 11am, departing from the Hamilton Gardens Information Centre. Drop in to join in on the tour or secure your place by booking online.

For more info, phone (07) 958 5940 or email bookings.gardens@hcc.govt.nz. Group bookings are welcome!

Cambridge local, John, had this to say in his review on Trip Advisor:

“If you are like us and have visited the gardens on many occasions then let me encourage you to take a guided tour on your next visit.

“For $20 the tour takes you around a number of the themed gardens and explains the stories behind each of the gardens which gave me an understanding which I've never got before by just wandering around.”

A visitor from Wellington shared this feedback:

 “The $20pp charge was great value as our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and we got an excellent overview of the different gardens and the history.

 “Brilliant. Highly recommended for all age groups including families.”


Garden Events

Transport your guests to a different world, just with a few footsteps. Our themed gardens are available to hold special events such as pre-dinner drinks, afternoon teas, lunches or dinners.

Imagine cocktails in the Modernist Garden or canapés in the Italian Renaissance Garden...

We can close off a garden from the public to ensure exclusivity for your event – talk to our team for more information on (07) 958 5940 or send us an email.

Development Project

Fifty years ago, the site of Hamilton Gardens was a bleak landscape with no indication of its past as a centre of Maaori settlement and horticulture.

The area had been used as a rifle range by Victorian era residents, and in the 20th century became a sand quarry and then the city's rubbish dump. Covered in weeds and blackberry bushes with seagulls circling above, it would've been hard to imagine the transformation ahead. With minimal budgets, volunteers and community groups have dedicated thousands of hours and resources to develop the barren 54 hectare site into a free public park.

Today, the award-winning Hamilton Gardens has five garden collections with more than 20 themed gardens and is the Waikato's most popular attraction with over a million visitors every year. 

Under development at Hamilton Gardens 

Our 2018-2022 Development Programme also includes four more gardens: the Ancient Egyptian Garden, Pasifika Garden, Medieval Garden, the Baroque Garden, and a linking courtyard and paths. There will also be a new toilet block in the western area of the Enclosed Gardens. Subscribe to our development newsletter and get behind-the-scenes news delivered to your inbox.


A ‘Middle Kingdom’ temple garden that displays many of the common ancient Egyptian garden features such as: a symmetrical layout enclosed within high mud brick walls, dramatic entranceway, a ‘step pool’ stocked with fish, and vine covered pergolas for shade.

Most of the plants they used for offerings, cures, rituals and processions can be grown in this climate. Despite the wealth of information on these sophisticated ancient gardens, there is no trace of one being recreated in modern times.


This garden will display plants from the South Pacific islands and their closest equivalents. In the centre, a Samoan Fale Afalau shelter will provide an event or teaching space as well as screen the upper glass structure.

Within a jungle setting productive plants would be grown such as the: yam, talo, ta’amu, sweet potato, arrowroot, sugar cane, ti, paper mulberry, pandanus, taro, banana, breadfruit; possibly the kava and coconut showing their use and cultivation.


From the fall of the Roman empire through to the 16th century, a distinctive form of medieval garden was the monastic, cloistered courtyard. The structure of the courts in this example are based on the ruins of St John of the Hermits Monastery in Sicily.

One court is a simple Cloister Garth, which was a form of courtyard generally used by the monks for prayer and contemplation. The other is an Apothecary’s Garden, which supported the healing of the sick in a monastic hospital.


During the 18th and 19th centuries, European royalty developed dramatic theatrical gardens that included the elements of stage set design. These gardens weren’t just used for theatrical events, they provided a setting for important people to dress up in expensive clothes and powdered wigs and to be seen.

This German or Austrian form will feature a Rococo / Baroque façade, large reflecting pool and two sculptural groups. This garden design has a direct association with classical music, linking it to the arts inspired theme of the Fantasy Collection

We need your support

Hamilton Gardens has been built on a long tradition of community support. For more than 40 years community groups and local trusts have worked alongside Hamilton City Council to transform the former rubbish dump into award winning gardens.

You can support the development of Hamilton Gardens through donating online and sponsorship. All donations to the Hamilton Gardens Development Trust are eligible for a tax rebate.

To discuss how you can get involved in this project please contact us.  

"The potential for this place is so exciting. I think this is the best-kept secret in New Zealand." 
Sir Michael Hill, Patron Hamilton Gardens Development Trust

“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.”
Professor Richard Benfield, Central Connecticut State University, World authority on Garden Tourism

“It’s unlike anywhere else in New Zealand or in the world. I have not been to a garden as good anywhere, and I mean anywhere. Immaculately presented. Just stunning. They’ve quietly created a revolutionary new garden under everyone’s noses.” 
Lynda Hallinan, New Zealand’s leading garden writer


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Hamilton Gardens Pavilion

The Hamilton Gardens Pavilion is centrally located within the Gardens and has four venue spaces which have been designed for expansive dinners, conferences, exhibitions, meetings and wedding reception: Central Court, Exhibition Hall, Chartwell Room, and Huddleston Room.

Hamilton Gardens Pavilion layout map


Central Court

A large multipurpose space suitable for large dinners, presentations, shows, expos, and conventions. It can be joined to the Exhibition Hall to create a larger venue.

Included: 400 x chairs, 24 x 1.5m round tables and 40 x 2.4m trestle tables
Available to use for free: 1 x portable pull up screen (dimensions 2055x1265mm). Suitable for events <150 attendees.
AV equipment for hire: 1 x pair speakers and tripod stand, 1 x wireless handheld microphone, 1 x wireless microphone receiver, 1 x microphone stand. $200 per day.


Exhibition Hall

This space can be used for almost anything, but it is most suited to smaller expos, trade shows and exhibitions. It can be joined to the Central Court to create a larger hall area.

Included: 400 x chairs, 24 x 1.5m round tables and 40 x 2.4m trestle tables
Available to use for free: 1 x portable pull up screen (dimensions 2055x1265mm). Suitable for events <150 attendees.
AV equipment for hire: 1 x pair speakers and tripod stand, 1 x wireless handheld microphone, 1 x wireless microphone receiver, 1 x microphone stand. $200 per day.


Chartwell Room

A popular venue for seminars, meetings, public lectures and workshops.

Included: 100 x chairs, 24 x 1.5m round tables, 40 x 2.4m trestle tables, data projector and screen, 6 x ceiling speakers and wireless mic and whiteboard


Huddleston Room

Ideal for smaller workshops and seminars,  meetings, or casual gatherings.

Included: 55 inch television, white board, 4 x trestle tables and 18 x chairs




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About Us

Telling the story of gardens

Rather than focusing on plant collections, at Hamilton Gardens the emphasis is on different types of garden design. Traditional botanic gardens concentrate on plant collections, conservation, research and education, while Hamilton Gardens has the unique concept of showcasing the cultural meaning and context of gardens over the past 4,000 years.

Throughout history, gardens have been a way of expressing the important philosophical ideas of their time. In some respects the story of gardens reflects the story of civilisation and attitudes to the natural world.

The collections of gardens at Hamilton Gardens explore the history, context and meaning of gardens. Each tells a story and offers an insight into a different civilisation.

Venue Hire

Hamilton Gardens Venue Hire

The award-winning Hamilton Gardens provides a unique venue for your next event.

Take the hassle out of organising your event - we can offer spacious meeting rooms in a unique setting with free parking. Our team will discuss options with you and provide a tailored quote for your event.



Visitor Centre: 07 838 6782
Bookings team: 07 958 5940


Get directions here

Hungerford Crescent
Cobham Drive SH1

Postal address:
Private Bag 3010
Hamilton 3240
New Zealand






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Our history

Hamilton Gardens is located alongside an attractive stretch of the Waikato River, merging old landscape features with creative development and design. In its earlier history, the area was home to Ngaati Wairere chief Haanui, and was a centre of horticulture with crops along the riverside.

After European settlement it was variously used as a rifle range, a dog dosing strip, sand quarry and go-cart track. During the 1960s the central gully section served as the city’s main rubbish dump, covered in blackberry weeds with seagulls circling above. No one could have imagined that such a barren mess could one day become an award-winning public garden and the Waikato’s most popular visitor attraction.

The Gardens are owned and managed by Hamilton City Council and strongly supported by the local community. In the 1950s the Hamilton Beautifying Society lobbied for a public garden on this part of the town belt and initially it occupied 4 hectares. The design of that top area was and still is planted in the gardenesque tradition with specimen trees and flower beds set in flat lawns.

Most development of Hamilton Gardens has occurred since 1980, growing in scope and vision to become a unique showcase for the story of gardens. 

Opening times

Alert Level 3: Hamilton Gardens is closed


Alert Level 3: Hamilton Gardens is closed

Nau mai, haere mai! Hamilton Gardens is open every day of the year and entry is free

Our address is Hungerford Crescent, Hamilton East, Hamilton 3216, New Zealand.
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Peak time for visitors to Hamilton Gardens is between 11am and 3pm on summer weekends and public holidays. The car parks will be busy and you may experience delays within the Enclosed Gardens. 
Entry to Hamilton Gardens is free.
Free parking is available on site through Gate 1 and Gate 2. 
We have a range of options to assist visitors with limited mobility. Please visit our accessibility page for more info.
Dogs are not permitted in the Enclosed Gardens or in Hamilton East Park Cemetery however they are allowed elsewhere on-lead. There is an off-lead dog exercise area near Gate 1 carpark (view map) Assistance dogs are always welcome throughout Hamilton Gardens.
Hamilton Gardens is a smoke-free environment. Smoking is only permitted in the car parks.

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