Explore an enchanting world of secret gardens at Waikato's most visited tourist destination...

In the 1960s, Hamilton Gardens was a bleak city rubbish dump covered in blackberries with seagulls circling above. Remnants of the Gardens’ earlier history as a pre-European Pa, British military post, Victorian rifle-range and dog-dosing station lay scattered across the site.Today, the internationally award-winning gardens tells the Story of Gardens by recreating historically important garden styles from the farthest reaches of the world.Take a journey of discovery along paths delivering mysterious surprises: step from a peaceful Sung Dynasty Chinese Scholar’s garden into an Italian Renaissance Garden, before being enthralled by the grandeur of the Indian Char Bagh (four quartered) Garden.

Italian Renaissance Garden

Be one of the first to see the new Mansfield Garden. An Edwardian garden based on the short story The Garden Party by acclaimed New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield.

The Hamilton Gardens Café is open daily and overlooks the picturesque Turtle Lake.

Indian Char Bagh Garden

Explore the Gardens with our volunteer guides who will share the inside story of the Gardens’ transformation. Please call for bookings.

Let the kids loose on the sprawling activity area or grab a free discovery trail from the Information Centre.

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Te Parapara Garden