Meander alongside the Waikato River at Hamilton Gardens

Pack a picnic and spend an afternoon with family and friends alongside the Waikato River.

Enjoy the Hamilton Gardens’ Riverbank walkway which winds alongside the Waikato River offering picturesque river views through established trees. It is particularly spectacular in autumn with the colourful leaves and rich ground cover.

Spend an afternoon with family and friends, or bring along your pooch who will happily take a dip in the river while chasing sticks.

An easy five minute walk from the Turtle Lake carpark, this secluded spot is a hidden gem of the Gardens.

Hamilton Gardens

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 the Waikato region’s most popular tourist destination.

Only five minutes drive from Hamilton’s CBD, the Gardens is open 7 days a week during daylight hours and entry and parking is free. Access is off SH1, alongside Cobham Drive on the southern side of Hamilton.  Mobility scooters, wheelchairs and pushchairs are available to hire and guided tours are available.