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Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park is a 60-hectare park located on the northwest outskirts of Hamilton, across the road from Hamilton Zoo.


The vision for the park is to create a self-sustaining habitat that represents the original and diverse ecosystem of Hamilton. This involves creating native lowland and wetland ecosystems, which were once widespread but are now rare in the Waikato.


Restoration plantings on the formerly grazed pasture are being staged in zones, originally focusing on the margin of the peat lake, and now expanding onto the hill slopes and ridge crests.


The planting and maintenance of the park relies heavily on volunteers. To find out how you can volunteer, please visit our community planting page. 


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Dogs are not allowed inside Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park.






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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