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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.
Get directions here.

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.

Getting here

  • We are only minutes from Hamilton central city on Cobham Drive SH1. Get directions here.
  • Coming from Auckland, Hamilton Gardens is 90 minutes drive and is located halfway between Auckland and Rotorua or Taupō.
  • Hamilton Gardens is 45 minutes from Hobbiton and 1 hour from the Waitomo Caves.
  • Catch a bus on Route 17 - Hamilton Gardens. The bus stop is at the main Gate 1 carpark. 
  • Walk or cycle alongside the Waikato River between Hamilton Gardens and the city centre. Read more about Hamilton's shared trails.
  • The best way for pedestrians or cyclists to cross Cobham Drive is via the Sillary Street underpass which comes out on the Governor's Green near Gate 2.

Making the most of your visit

  • You can get a detailed map of Hamilton Gardens for $2 from the Information Centre. Available in English or Mandarin.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle and top up at the free drinking water stations available in the gardens.
  • Rubbish bins are provided throughout the park so help us keep things tidy by not littering.
  • We encourage visitors to follow The Tiaki Promise as a commitment to care for New Zealand.
  • Share your photos with #hamiltongardens. Tag us on Facebook or Instagram, and leave a review on Trip Advisor!


Opening times

  Open

Close
Summer

Close
Winter

Enclosed Gardens 7.30am 7.30pm 5.30pm
Victorian Flower Garden Display Houses 10:00am 5:00pm 4.00pm
Information Centre and Gift Shop 9:00am 5:00pm 5.00pm
Hamilton Gardens Cafe 9:00am 6:00pm 4.00pm

Winter hours run until daylight savings begins on 27 September 2020.
Gates to access the overall Hamilton Gardens park area are locked at 9pm. 


Guided tours

Take a tour with one of our experienced volunteer guides who will share the secrets of Hamilton Gardens. This all-season tour takes 75 minutes and includes our most popular enclosed gardens. Discover the subtleties of each garden’s design that have been created over the last 30 years by Gardens’ Director Dr Peter Sergel. 

Book a guided tour

Use our online calendar to book your guided tour of Hamilton Gardens and pay online.

Book Now

Pre-booked tours are available for groups of any size and can be arranged with 48 hours notice. Minimum two people. Phone (07) 958 5940 or email bookings.gardens@hcc.govt.nz

Drop in

We offer a guided tour at 11am every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday. No booking required - but you can secure your place by booking online now.

Price

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

Half-price for locals

Even if you’ve visited a hundred times before, you’ll discover much more about the award-winning garden designs created here over the last 30 years. Half-price guided tours are available to Waikato residents at 11am every Sunday in June and July. 

Use promo code “LOCALS” to get 50% off when you book online


Information Centre and Gift Shop

Locally made Hamilton Gardens preserves

Find out all you need to know about Hamilton Gardens and pick up a guide map for just $2! Available in English or Mandarin.

Our gift shop stocks Hamilton Gardens merchandise as well as souvenirs and homewares, specialising in quality New Zealand products for garden lovers.

You'll find a delicious range of preserves and salad dressings, made locally with ingredients sourced from our gardens.Try lemon curd made with lemons grown in the Concept Garden, or our traditional chunky Seville Orange Marmalade made with fruit grown in the Italian Renaissance Garden! Available stock may vary seasonally.

The Information Centre and Gift Shop is open 9am to 5pm every day except Christmas Day. We accept payment by New Zealand currency cash, EFTPOS, Visa, Mastercard, Alipay, and WeChat Pay.

Refund policy: Please choose your item carefully as we don’t provide refunds if you change your mind. Please keep your receipt as proof of purchase. If your goods are damaged, faulty or defective, please contact us as soon as possible. 

Visa, Mastercard, Alipay, WeChat Pay


Upcoming garden closures

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

On-going

  • The Indian Char Bagh Garden is closed for long term maintenance required due to the impact of lockdown. It is expected to re-open in August or September 2020.
  • The Chinoiserie Garden is also currently closed.

August

  • Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 August 2020: The Surrealist Garden will be closed as the Trons require some specialist maintenance.
  • Saturday 29 August: Italian Renaissance Garden closed 2pm - 3:15pm

October

  • Saturday 24 October 2020: Hammond Camellia Garden closed 12:45pm - 2pm

March 2021

  • Monday 3 March 2021: Italian Renaissance Garden closed 3:45pm - 5pm
  • Saturday 13 March 2021: Italian Renaissance Garden closed 2pm - 3:15pm

April 2021

  • Saturday 3 April 2021: Italian Renaissance Garden closed 2:45pm - 4pm

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.

Summer

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.

  • English Flower Garden
    This traditional garden offers a rich assortment of colour during summer with its mixed borders and the beautiful white garden.
  • Italian Renaissance Garden
    Fragrant Seville orange trees are harvested for our bespoke marmalade, while ornamental grape vines drape the entrance pavilion.
  • Te Parapara Garden
    An abundance of traditionally planted rare kuumara (sweet potato) varieties on puke (mounds) are prepared for harvesting.

Autumn

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.

  • Japanese Garden of Contemplation
    While this garden is normally monochromatic, autumn is an exception with the maple trees creating vibrant reflections in the garden’s still waters.
  • Waikato River pathway
    Enjoy a picnic alongside New Zealand’s longest river, the Waikato River and enjoy the changing colours of the Swamp Cypress trees.
  • Tudor Garden
    Admire the ornamental planting in the knot gardens which were inspired by the drawings of 16th century gardener Thomas Hill, and the productive quince trees that we harvest for our quince paste.

Winter

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.

  • Hammond Camellia Garden
    Camellias in full bloom provide a spectacular backdrop to views across the Gardens. This garden is worth the short steep climb.
  • Tropical Garden
    An oasis of colour throughout the year with palms, aloes and birds of paradise. Escape to a tropical paradise!
  • Rhododendron Lawn
    Take an early evening stroll in September and October to enjoy the vibrant colours of the rhododendrons, while admiring the other complementary shrubs such as Pieris, Azalea, Skimmia, and Leucothoe.

Spring

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.

  • Rogers Rose Garden
    The national Pacific Rose Bowl Festival is held in November at Hamilton Gardens and Rogers Rose Garden is rich with the scent of many varieties. Come along and vote for Rose of the Year!
  • Hillside Lawn
    Located beside the Gate 1 carpark, this lawn erupts into a cascading blaze of golden daffodils on the slope.
  • Kitchen Garden
    Be inspired by this productive garden as it emerges from winter with planting and preparation for warmer months.