Due to the recent heavy rainfall, a number of roads and walking/cycling tracks in the Waikato are closed. If you are travelling to or through the Waikato region, please visit Waka Kotahi’s Journey Planner website for up-to-date roading information and check the local Council’s Facebook page for the latest updates and advice.

Culture and Heritage

Te Parapara at Hamilton Gardens

Hamilton Gardens is made up of over 18 beautifully landscapes gardens fitting into five different collections: Paradise, Productive, Fantasy, Cultivar and Landscape.

Te Parapara Garden, Hamilton Gardens

The Te Parapara Garden at Hamilton Gardens is New Zealand’s first and only traditional Maori garden, and a rich record of the region’s pre-European history. Focusing on the plants, techniques and culture associated with pre-European Maori horticulture, food gathering and food preservation and storage, Te Parapara includes the built and carved structures of a rare palisade fencing (taepa), three forms of traditional Maori storehouses (pataka), a ceremonial gateway (waharoa) and ancestral pou.

Once a year the Hamilton Gardens come to life for the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival. Every February the festival celebrates all things theatre, music, and summer in the gardens and is a must on the Hamilton & Waikato events calendar.

Hamilton Gardens Location:

Hamilton Gardens is located on State Highway 1, just south of the central Hamilton City.
Access is via Cobham Drive by either gate 1 or 2 with free parking at both entrances.