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Hamilton Gardens

This man-made paradise offers everything from the peaceful tranquillity of the Japanese Zen Gardens to the lively Indian Char Bagh Gardens.

Stroll through the Hamilton Gardens and take a walk across three different continents. Offering some of the world’s most diverse gardening traditions, these fantastic floral spaces will astound and inspire visitors of all ages.

The Paradise Collection is arguably one of Hamilton Gardens’ most popular attractions. Spanning a staggering 58 hectares, the collection includes a variety of local plants, a perfume garden and roses.

Hamilton Gardens is eclectic mix of old new, bringing together some of the best designs from throughout history. From the American Modernist Garden with its elegant water features and precisely trimmed hedge rows to the classical ornate sculptures of the Italian Renaissance Garden, visitors will walk across history in this paradise of floral design.

The earliest examples of garden design can be found in the Chinese Scholars Garden with its carefully crafted hedgerows, floral patches and Chinese pavilions.

The Productive Collection is a great way to learn about sustainable gardening and features a working kitchen as an example of how the average family can make their garden productive and timeless.

This collection also includes the Te Parapara, the country’s first garden dedicated to the Māori. This fantastic display showcases a variety of plants that are of cultural and agricultural significance to the people of New Zealand.

Find a perfume garden in the Fantasy Collection or head towards the Cultivar Collection for a truly stunning display of roses, and witness the bursting colour of the rhododendron lawn.

In the centre of the garden is a beautifully crafted pavilion, home to the Hamilton Gardens Café. Here, visitors can buy a variety of snacks and meals after a long day perusing the floral displays.

Visitors can download a map from the Hamilton Gardens website and take self-guided tour or hop aboard the Waikato River Explorer, which departs from the gardens. This 90-minute cruise offers spectacular views, especially during the autumn when the floral displays are at their best.

The Hamilton Gardens are free to enter and can be located near to the city centre. Regular events run all year round and picnickers are always welcome.

Make the most of your time at Hamilton Gardens. Here is a list of some of the top activities:

Why not consider buying a Guided Tour of Hamilton Gardens? It's one of the most exciting activities on offer here.

Peruse our Hamilton things to do page to find more activities in the area.


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VR Hamilton NZ$80
VR Hamilton

VR Hamilton

237 Victoria Street, Hamilton
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Hamilton, this hotel is steps away from Hamilton Central Business District and SkyCity Hamilton. Hamilton Gardens is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.

    Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton NZ$158
    Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton

    Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton

    23 Clarence Street, Hamilton
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Hamilton, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Waikato Museum of Art and History and SkyCity Hamilton. Hamilton Gardens is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.

      Novotel Tainui Hamilton NZ$164
      Novotel Tainui Hamilton

      Novotel Tainui Hamilton

      7 Alma Street, Hamilton
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Hamilton hotel is located in the business district, just steps away from Hamilton Central Business District and SkyCity Hamilton. Hamilton Gardens is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

        ibis Hamilton Tainui NZ$119
        ibis Hamilton Tainui

        ibis Hamilton Tainui

        18 Alma Street, Hamilton
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Hamilton, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hamilton Central Business District and SkyCity Hamilton. Hamilton Gardens is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.

          Aspen Manor Motel NZ$110
          Aspen Manor Motel

          Aspen Manor Motel

          209 Grey Street, Hamilton
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Hamilton East, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Southern Cross Hospital and Hamilton Gardens. SkyCity Hamilton is 1.3 mi (2 km) away.

            Days Hotel & Suites Hamilton NZ$115
            Days Hotel & Suites Hamilton

            Days Hotel & Suites Hamilton

            287 Victoria Street, Hamilton
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Hamilton, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hamilton Centre Place and SkyCity Hamilton. Southern Cross Hospital and Claudelands Arena are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Uni Motel NZ$132
              Uni Motel

              Uni Motel

              88 Knighton Road, Hillcrest, Hamilton, Waikato
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Hamilton, this motel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from University of Waikato and within 3 miles (5 km) of Hamilton Gardens and SkyCity Hamilton. Southern Cross Hospital and Memorial Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                Fountain City Motor Inn NZ$125
                Fountain City Motor Inn

                Fountain City Motor Inn

                305 Ulster Street, Hamilton
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Hamilton, this motel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Prodrive Golf and 1.2 mi (2 km) from SkyCity Hamilton. Hamilton Central Business District and Waikato Stadium are also within 10 minutes.