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Taitua Arboretum is home to an impressive selection of mature trees spread across 20 hectares. People often book this scenic arboretum for their wedding photos.


John and Bunny Mortimer started planting trees and shrubs in 1973 to provide shelter and shade for animals in the area. This continued their life-long passion for growing native and exotic trees and shrubs.


By the time it was gifted to the people of Hamilton in 1997, it was recognised as an arboretum and is now open for all to enjoy.


Featuring lakes, woodland gardens, birdlife and ample picnic spots, all linked by a network of walking tracks, the arboretum is perfect for a leisurely weekend stroll, family picnic, or a more active outing.


Those looking for a longer walk can start at Till’s Lookout on Melva Street for great views of Hamilton and follow the path for a 30-minute walk to the arboretum.


Dogs are welcome within the arboretum but must be kept on a lead at all times.


The arboretum also has a fluoride-free water tap and toilets available.







Water fountain

Suitable for

Family groups



Booking enquiry

Do I need an event permit?

An event permit ensures both your event and the safety of attendees is prioritised. You need a permit to host an event in a public park or space in Hamilton, especially when having any of the below:

  • inflatables e.g. bouncy castle
  • amusement devices
  • food for sale, free or fundraising
  • amplified sound e.g PA system
  • music
  • marquee
  • stage
  • road closure.

Apply for an event permit

Can I book a park for my wedding?

Find out more information below to use one of our parks for your wedding ceremony or reception.

Book a park for your wedding

Booking dates

Will you have food for sale or for free during your event?

Will you require access to existing toilets?

Do you need vehicle access to the field?

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