Hamilton Gardens is a conceptual garden based in the Waikato that explores the context, history and meaning of gardens through time, and from around the world. It is internationally recognised for its unique concept and is Waikato’s most popular tourist destination.
The unique concept of Hamilton Gardens is explored through a series of five garden collections, with some garden concepts reaching back 4000 years.
• The Paradise Garden Collection featuring gardens representing some of the most significant garden design traditions.
• The Productive Garden Collection representing different aspects of the relationship between people and plants.
• The Fantasy Garden Collection representing different forms of garden fantasy.
• The Cultivar Garden Collection featuring the story of plants selected and bred for the garden.
• The Landscape Garden Collection with areas representing the different historic interpretations of an idealised landscape.
The gardens are a special place to visit at any time of the year. There are nearly 2000 events held within Hamilton Gardens each year.
Hamilton Gardens are home to a range of public art works, including a Waharoa (carved gateway). Artists represented include Diggeress Te Kanawa and Chris Booth.
Only 15 minutes drive from Distinction Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton Gardens is open 7 days a week during daylight hours and entry and parking is free. Mobility scooters, wheelchairs and pushchairs are available to hire and guided tours are available.