Waikato River Explorer
Scenic 1½-hour cruises along the Waikato River depart from the Hamilton Gardens jetty. On Sunday at 11am, the boat cruises (adult/child...
The excellent Waikato Museum has five main areas: an art gallery; interactive science galleries; Tainui galleries housing Māori...
Bush-covered walkways run along both sides of the river and provide the city’s green belt. Jogging paths continue to the boardwalk...
Fifteen rotating taps of amber goodness flow at Craft, which is plenty to keep the city’s craft beer buffs coming back. Brews from...
Duck Island Ice Cream
A dazzling array of ever-changing flavours – how does crab-apple crumble or coconut and kaffir lime sound – make Duck Island quite...
Cobham Dr · interesting places nearby
Hamilton Gardens information
Spread over 50 hectares southeast of the city centre, Hamilton Gardens incorporates a large park, cafe, restaurant and extravagant themed enclosed gardens. There are separate Italian Renaissance, Chinese, Japanese, English, American and Indian gardens complete with colonnades, pagodas and a mini Taj Mahal. Equally interesting are the sustainable Productive Garden Collection, fragrant herb garden and precolonisation Māori Te Parapara garden. Look for the impressive Nga Uri O Hinetuparimaunga (Earth Blanket) sculpture at the main gates.
Recent additions include a Tudor-style garden and a tropical garden with more than 200 different warm climate species. Booking ahead for the guided tours is recommended.