Hamilton Gardens is open to the public! Safety measures are in place to follow Level 2 guidelines.

Our address is Hungerford Crescent, Hamilton East, Hamilton 3216, New Zealand.
Get directions here.

Opening times

The Enclosed Gardens are open daily from 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm). The number of visitors allowed at one time is limited so there may be a queue during busy periods. Your contact details will be collected at the entrance to the Enclosed Gardens.

Level 2 map of Hamilton Gardens

  • Please go through the Enclosed Gardens in a one-way clockwise loop
  • Follow the directional arrows and keep left at all times
  • Because of steps and steep paths, the large loop route is not accessible for wheelchair users, mobility scooters, or pushchairs
  • The nearest toilets are located by the Gate 1 carpark. There are no toilets within the Enclosed Gardens.
  • Hamilton Gardens is a work in progress! Some gardens may be closed temporarily for maintenance or have restricted access due to the one-way loop

Information Centre and Gift Shop

The Information Centre and Gift Shop is open daily 10am to 4pm. We are able to accept EFTPOS payments only, no cash sales.

Guided tours

Guided tours are not currently available.

Upcoming garden closures

Due to the lockdown closure, our gardening team is about six weeks behind schedule. There is a lot of catching up to do so we can get Hamilton Gardens back to its usual high standards.

The Indian Char Bagh Garden is currently closed for extra maintenance which is urgently required. We missed the usual turnover date when all plantings are refreshed and the Municipal Nursery is working to restock the flowers which didn’t survive the lockdown period.

Other gardens may also be closed temporarily for private events or maintenance. Signage will be in place with the current one-way route available to visitors. We apologise for any inconvenience.


  • The Indian Char Bagh Garden is closed for long term maintenance required due to the impact of lockdown.
  • The Modernist Garden is closed for maintenance to the pool area and due to re-open on 25 May.
  • The Chinoiserie Garden is also currently closed.
  • The Victorian Flower Garden display houses (located in the upper gardens next to Cobham Drive) are also closed.
  • Thursday 28 May 2020: Italian Renaissance Garden closed 3pm - 4.15pm


  • 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.


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 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.


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.


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.