Telling the story of gardens through themed garden collections, Hamilton Gardens explores different civilisations , and recreates historically important garden styles from the farthest reaches of the world.
Visitors are guided on a journey of discovery along paths leading to 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 Garden. Hamilton Gardens has 21 themed garden areas with more being developed.
Hamilton Gardens is not a botanical garden. Instead, its unique and internationally recognised concept has been compared to a museum. Each garden collection has historic integrity and provides a window into the story of civilisations, their arts, beliefs and life styles.
Hamilton Gardens has five Garden Collections and 21 themed gardens.
- The Paradise Garden Collection illustrates the gardener’s desire to create paradise on Earth. The English word ‘paradise’ derives from the Old Persian ‘pairidaeza’, meaning simply ‘enclosed garden’.
- The Landscape Garden Collection focuses on landscape garden traditions that have been inspired by different philosophical perspectives throughout history. Landscapes as artefacts contain a richness of expression and a subtlety, which can illuminate our relationship with the natural world.
- The Productive Garden Collection is a group of gardens that illustrate the relationship between people and productive plants. They demonstrate that the process of gardening can be understood from the perspective of Nature as well as of culture.
- The Cultivar Garden Collection: Gardens that contain plant collections demonstrating the story of plants that have been bred for the garden.
- The Fantasy Garden Collection illustrates the use of fantasy and imagination in garden design, and the use of garden design to stimulate fantasy and imagination in visitors.
Access from Cobham Drive by either Gate 1 or 2 will take you directly to parking near most of the main facilities. During the weekends you are more likely to find plenty of parking from Gate 2.
Private Bag 3010
Waikato Mail Centre
Wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pushchairs are available for hire at the Information Centre.
Behind every door at Hamilton Gardens there is a magical story and a portal through time and to far-flung corners of the world. The free activity sheet can be picked up from the Information Centre, or downloaded from the website.
Hamilton Gardens provides magical backdrops for your special day and is the ideal venue to delight your guests. Our pavilion can seat between 50 and 600 people for your reception. Private wedding receptions can be arranged in any of the enclosed gardens, and closed to the public.
Hamilton Gardens is a beautifully unique venue and the themed gardens will provide a magical backdrop to wedding photographs you will treasure.
Spend longer Follow your guided tour with morning or afternoon tea, or perhaps a decadent lunch overlooking the Italian Renaissance Garden.
Enjoy morning and afternoon tea, or lunch in the Gardens, followed by a scenic boat cruise through the city, or perhaps a enjoy a Maori inspired lunch in Te Parapara Garden – which was once the home of Haanui, a famous Ngati Wairere chief.
We can be flexible with tour times and can cater to tours with time constraints, or with particular interests. Foreign language guide sheets are available in eight languages and foreign language speaking guides can be arranged.
Call us for more information or to book a guided tour.
The Waikato River Explorer operates scenic river cruises year-round and is available for charter at other times.
Find all our events on whatsonhamilton.co.nz.
A number of arboriculture, horticulture, floristry, landscape design and horticultural technology courses are offered by Wintec at Hamilton Gardens. For more information visit www.wintec.ac.nz or call in to the Horticulture Education Centre in Hamilton Gardens.