Hamilton Gardens is a must-see attraction for visitors to New Zealand and the Waikato region. An affordable day out for the whole family, our entirely unique destination is suitable for all ages and abilities, making it New Zealand’s best kept secret!

You'll experience unexpected delights in our Enclosed Gardens as you’re transported to a different time and culture throughout the ages. Let us help you plan your visit and make the most of your adventure at Hamilton Gardens. 


Open hours and entry information

The Enclosed Gardens is open to the public 364 days of the year (closed 25 December) and will remain free for all until September 2024. The rest of the Hamilton Gardens site including the playground, Turtle Lake, and Outer Gardens are open 365 days of the year.

  • Carpark gates are open daily from 6.15am to 9.00pm
  • Enclosed Gardens are open daily from 9.00am to 5.00pm (last access 4.30pm)
  • Visitor Centre is open daily from 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Public toilets are open daily from 8.00am to 5.30pm
  • Hamilton Gardens Café is open from 9.00am to 4.00pm weekdays, and from 9.00am to 5.00pm at weekends.


Travelling to Hamilton Gardens

Our address is Hungerford Crescent Cobham Drive, SH1c, Hamilton, New Zealand and is easily accessible for visitors travelling from across New Zealand.

Travel times from key destinations: 

  • 1 hr 25 minutes from Auckland Airport, Rotorua and Tauranga
  • 1 hr from Waitomo Caves
  • 45 minutes from Hobbiton 
  • 15 minutes from Hamilton Airport and 5 minutes from central Hamilton.

Find out more about travel and transport options to get to Hamilton Gardens and where to park.

How to plan and make the most of your visit

Best times of year to visit

Highlights of what to see and do