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.
Set amongst 54 hectares, Hamilton Gardens is the perfect spot for a lakeside picnic or a friendly game of cricket. Step into another place and time as you stroll from one garden to the next. Find solace in the Chinese Scholars Garden or the Japanese Garden of Contemplation, or go back in time in the Italian Renaissance Garden.
With a Perfume Garden, Victorian Flower Garden, Herb Garden, American Modernist Garden and many more it’s easy to spend an hour or an entire day.
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.