Hamilton Gardens Waterfall


Hamilton Gardens Waterfall

Hamilton Gardens Waterfall is the only waterfall within Hamilton City area. The waterfall is situated within the Hamilton Gardens, a public garden in the south of Hamilton. The most beautiful is during the late autumn.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 37° 48' 16.9416" E 175° 18' 15.555"
Parking: Turtle Lake Car Park, Hamilton East
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 10min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 4m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail



Walking and driving instructions


Hamilton Gardens Waterfall is roughly a 10-minutes’ drive away from Hamilton City Centre, or 1.5-2 hours’ from Auckland. The road surface is always sealed.

From Auckland head south on the SH-1 until you reach Hamilton. In Hamilton keep to SH-1, cross the Waikato River, then you’ll the Botanic Gardens on your right. Follow the SH-1 for one more km, then on round-about turn right to the ‘Gate 1’ entrance and follow the signs until you reach the official parking (roughly 500m). There is a huge parking area with additional parking available on the grass. Toilets, cafe, and picnic tables are available in the Botanic Gardens.

Follow the walk-path around the lake and, in the middle of the walk, you'll see the waterfall. From here, you can either continue on to the walk, or return.

The best colorful photos can be taken during late autumn or early winter.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


Hamilton Gardens is located between the bank of the Waikato River and State Highway 1. Entry and parking to the gardens is free. The enclosed themed gardens are open during daylight hours. In the center of Hamilton Gardens there is a convention center called the Hamilton Gardens Pavilion, a volunteer operated Information Center and the Hamilton Gardens Cafe.


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