Hamilton Gardens is an award-winning destination located halfway between Auckland and Rotorua, Auckland and Waitomo, and 45 minutes from Hobbiton. 

The peak time for visitors to Hamilton Gardens is between 11am and 3pm on summer weekends and public holidays. During these busy times we recommend using the car parks accessed through Gate 2 off Cobham Drive (SH1). You may also experience delays within the Enclosed Gardens. 

We are only minutes from the centre of Hamilton on Cobham Drive SH1. Free parking is available through Gate 1 and Gate 2. We are also serviced by Hamilton Bus Route 29 - Hamilton Gardens. The bus stop is at the main Gate 1 carpark. Note: the last bus departs Hamilton Gardens at 2.44pm.

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.
Parking and entry to the Gardens is free. 
We have a range of options to assist visitors with limited mobility. Please visit our accessibility page.

Opening Times

Collections and Facilities Opening time


Garden Collections Paradise, Fantasy, Productive 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 Summer
9.30am Winter
6:00pm 5.00pm

*The Information Centre and Gift Shop is closed on Christmas Day.
**Winter hours begin when day-light savings ends. 

Upcoming closures

Occasionally our themed gardens are temporarily closed for private events or maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience.

  • Italian Renaissance Garden: Saturday 2 November 2019, 1pm - 2.15pm

  • Japanese Garden of Contemplation: Friday 8 November 2019, 10am - 12pm

  • Italian Renaissance Garden: Saturday 23 November 2019, 3:45pm - 5pm

  • Amphitheatre and gallery of Italian Renaissance Garden: Friday 3 January 2020, 11:30am - 2:30pm

  • Italian Renaissance Garden: Saturday 21 March 2020, 3:30pm - 4.45pm

  • English Flower Garden: Saturday 9 May 2020, 1:45pm - 3pm

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 (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.

Our Information Centre and Gift Shop is located beside the entrance to our enclosed gardens. 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

Guided Tours

Explore magical enclosed gardens that tell the intriguing story of how gardens from around the globe reflect different civilisations. 

From our humble beginnings as a city rubbish dump, the Gardens 54 hectares now includes 21 themed gardens that have an internationally unique concept. Take a tour with one of our experienced volunteer guides who will share the secrets on how a community has created such a special attraction in the heart of a city.  

This all-season tour takes 75 minutes and includes our most popular enclosed gardens. Marvel at the mono-chromatic Japanese Garden of Contemplation, or the symmetry of the Italian Renaissance Garden. Discover the subtleties of each garden’s design that have been created by Gardens’ Director Dr Peter Sergel over 30 years. 

Book a guided tour:
Phone 07 958 5940

Education Opportunities

The Gardens is an ideal location for educational opportunities. From geometry in our Italian Renaissance Garden to maaori history in our Te Parapara Garden. Find out more here


Enjoy a gourmet picnic in the Gardens

Indulge in a ready-packed gourmet picnic from Hamilton Gardens Café in our award-winning gardens. Already, we are a popular destination for families and friends to gather, and ordering a hamper is the hassle-free way to enhance your visit. The hamper is full of delicious wholesome food, tasty nibbles and beverages. It comes with a blanket and all food packaging is eco-friendly. Simply order your hamper from the Café 24 hours in advance before choosing one of our magical themed gardens to relax in. 

$30 per person. Minimum of two people. Please advise of any dietary requirements. Also available as a gift voucher. 
Phone Hamilton Gardens Cafe on 07 856 6581  


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 . 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