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Hamilton Gardens

From Rubbish Dump to World-Class Gardens

An internationally unique concept: telling the story of gardens through different civilizations and time

Forty years ago Hamilton Gardens was a bleak landscape. It was the site of a sand quarry, a former Victorian rifle range and the city's rubbish dump. It was covered in weeds, mud and household rubbish.

Since then it has gradually been transformed into a significant garden with a unique theme that tells the story of gardens.


Enjoy a coffee and slice overlooking the picturesque Turtle Lake, or grab a bite from the cabinet and seasonal menu.
Open daily 9am - 6pm and from 9.30am to 5pm winter.

Guided Tours

Find out which garden was the backdrop for a Hollywood blockbuster, and learn our secret for protecting our lush Tropical Garden from frosts.

Tues & Thurs at 11am and other times by arrangement.
Book at the information Centre or email or phone +64 7 958 5940

Information Centre & Shop

Take home a taste of the Gardens with our bespoke preserves that have been inspired by our gardens. Enjoy our gardener's chutney, Seville Orange, Marmalade or our zesty Lemon Curd inspired by our gardens.
Open Daily: 9am to 5pm

Free kids activity sheet available at our information centre


Gate 2 takes you straight to one of Hamilton's best playgrounds. Let the kids loose on this imaginative sprawling playground. The Jade Dragon Theatre will inspire budding thespians, and the secret Garden of Abdul Kabul will be adored by little adventurers.

Available For Hire

Wheelchair $5 per house
Mobility Scooters $8 per hour
Available from the Information Centre.
Accessible parking spaces and toilets available.

Guide Book

Hamilton Gardens tells the Story of Gardens across time and different civilisations. Pick up a copy of our new guide book to find out more about each of our gardens.

Open Daily
Enclosed Gardens
Summer 7am - 7:30pm
Winter 7am - 6pm
Information Centre open 7 days (closed Christmas Day)

Free Wifi | USB Recharge Station | Free Parking

Tripadvisor: Ranked #1 of 74 things to do in Hamilton
address State Highway 1, Cobham Drive
city Hamilton
phone 07 958 5940
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