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

We are only minutes from the centre of Hamilton on Cobham Drive SH1. Parking is available through Gate 1 and Gate 2.  View our driving instructions. We are also serviced by Hamilton Bus Route 29 - Lakes and 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. 
Hamilton Gardens Cafe overlooks Turtle Lake and has coffee, ice-blocks, cabinet food and a lunch menu. 
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
Find out how a barren rubbish dump has been transformed into an internationally unique garden by taking a guided tour of our Gardens. 

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 and Good Friday.
**Winter hours begin when day-light savings ends. 

Information Centre and Gift Shop

Our Information Centre and Gift Shop is beside the entrance to our enclosed gardens. We offer a wide range of homewares and gifts with a garden theme and also a range of ‘hands-on’ children’s products designed to stimulate an interest in the outdoors. These have been picked to match themes from our Fantasy and Productive Garden Collections.

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. 

Guided Tours

Explore the gardens with our experienced guides and get the 'inside story' on the gardens.

Learn more about our Guided Tours and how to book.

Flying a kite or drone at Hamilton Gardens


You may fly a kite at Hamilton Gardens if it is less than 2 metres in size and flown under the tree line.  Kites must be flown in daylight hours only.

If your kite is larger than 2 metres or if you wish to fly it above the tree line you must obtain 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
  • Call the air traffic control again on the day when flying is complete.


To fly a drone over Hamilton Gardens, you will need written permission from the control tower at Hamilton Airport.
You can do this online through‚Äč. This must be provided to Hamilton Gardens staff before approval will be given.

‚ÄčAssessment will be based on whether the request is related to:

  • A booking for one of our venues
  • A photography shoot

For more information please visit the Hamilton City Council unmanned aircraft/drone webpage

View more details on the CAA's rules