Destination Parks

​Claudelands Park

Corner of Brooklyn Road and Heaphy Terrace, Claudelands

Claudelands Park is a wide open expanse in the suburb of Claudelands. It is next to the Claudelands Showgrounds and Event Centre. The park also borders Jubilee Bush, which is an intriguing Kahikatea forest remnant with internal boardwalks. Jubilee Bush gives visitors a look at what Hamilton would have looked like before human settlement.

Claudelands Park is an important area of open space and has become a destination park for the city with travellers from outside of the city coming to Hamilton just to visit the large playground and other facilities near the park. 

Claudelands Park is often used for gypsy fairs and circuses on what was known as ‘The Common’.  Dog walkers also frequent the park with its off-lead area proving very popular.

Memorial Park

Memorial Drive, Hamilton East

Memorial park was established as a WWI memorial and has been a key feature of Hamilton’s central city ever since with its prime riverside location. The park contains memorials to various wars and events significant to Hamilton.

  • There is a roll of honour for those who lost their lives in Korea and Vietnam. 
  • The anchor of the HMNZS Waikato was placed at Memorial Park after the ship was decommissioned.
  • There is a replica of a Spitfire plane at the park as well as a field gun and artillery.
  • The Rangiriri ship has recently been preserved and is located on the riverside by the park.
  • Visitors to the park can also take a cruise on the Waikato River from the jetty at the park.
  • The proximity of the park to the central city makes it an ideal place for an interesting lunchtime walk.

Parana Park

Memorial Drive, Hamilton East

This reserve was gifted to the city by George Parr as a private dwelling and garden. Mr Parr had a vision of children recovering from illness coming to the park and playing. Parr named the park Parana merging his name with that of Annie McPherson who planted trees on the property.

Under the Parana Park Empowering Act of the 1950s the park

became a children’s park. There was an outdoor theatre at the park in the 50s and 60s with pantomimes being held. A paddling pool was constructed with the help of the Rotary Club.

Today the park is a wonderful place to have a picnic or take the family for a walk. It is closely linked to the Waikato River and Memorial Park as well as the River Walk south toward Hamilton Gardens. A Children’s Garden has been developed at the park and was officially opened in early 2012. This amazing playscape incorporates a strong Kowhai theme through its equipment and includes a kowhai seed fountain, kowhai flower slide and kowhai leaf shaped viewing platform over the Waikato River.  Other features include the redevelopment and extension of the water feature, interactive native bird sculptures and a small amphitheatre and playhouse. 

Tauhara Park

Callum Brae Drive, Queenwood

Tauhara Park covers a large area and includes a diverse range of landscapes and activities. There is a pitch and putt/mini putt golf facility on the Callum Brae side of the park which is very popular over the summer months. Beside this is a large adventure playground with some exciting play equipment not found at any other parks in the city. Bounding the playground is an area of wide open sports fields which include an off-lead dog exercise

 area – a perfect area to run around with the kids and the pets.

The Kirikiriroa Stream runs along the bottom of the gully area of Tauhara Park and includes a walkway/cycleway path, an easy link for people to get from Rototuna into Chartwell without having to be near busy roads. At times, these pathways surrounded by native bush, seem a world away from the hustle and bustle of a large city.

Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park

Brymer Road, Rotokauri - Opposite Hamilton Zoo

Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park is a 60ha park located on the North West outskirts of Hamilton – across the road from Hamilton Zoo. The vision for the Park is to create a self-sustaining habitat sanctuary that represents the original ecosystem diversity of the Hamilton Basin. This involves a reconstruction from farmland of native lowland and wetland ecosystems, once widespread but now rare in the Waikato Region. 

The Park includes a peat lake (Waiwhakareke or Horseshoe Lake). Restoration plantings on the formerly grazed pasture are being staged in zones, originally focussing on the lake margin and now expanding onto the hill slopes and ridge crests. 

The planting and maintenance of the park relies heavily on volunteers - visit our  Waiwhakareke pages​​ to find out more about the park and to discover how you can lend a hand in this important project.

To book any of the above parks please fill out the Park Booking Request Form.

Page reviewed: 11 Nov 2021 9:57am