Key Info

Hamilton Gardens Map

AE Ancient Egyptian Garden
CB Char Bagh Garden
CG Chinoiserie Garden
EF English Flower Garden
HUB Grassroots Trust Festival Hub Stage
ESW Emporium of Scintillating Wonders (Hamilton Gardens Pavilion)
MA Mansfield Garden
MC Medici Court
MO Modernist Garden
RL Rhododendron Lawn
SG Surrealist Garden
TP Te Parapara Garden
SU Sustainability Garden


CBD Hamilton Central
CL Clarence Street Theatre, 59 Clarence St, Hamilton
GP Garden Place, Hamilton Central
The Meteor Theatre, 1 Victoria Street, Hamilton Central
Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, 1 Grantham Street, Hamilton Central


Book Online

Visit the ‘What’s On’ page to see our lineup and purchase tickets, or visit the Eventfinda website.

Book Over The Phone

Kirikiriroa Hamilton iSite Visitor Information Centre

Phone: 07 958 5960 or 0800 Hamilton (4264 5866)

Book In Person

Kirikiriroa Hamilton iSite Visitor Information Centre

ArtsPost Galleries & Shop
120 Victoria Street
Hamilton Central



During the festival, the Hamilton Arts Festival Toi Ora ki Kirirkiroa Box Office (located at the Festival Hub) will be open from Feb 23 – Mar 3 each day from one hour before the first ticketed show.

Payments accepted include EFTPOS, Visa and Mastercard (including payWave). There are no cash facilities on-site.

If you wish to book tickets at the Box Office, please make sure you pre-register with Eventfinda.

Ticket Fees

Please note that while booking fees are included in the advertised price, additional delivery fees and credit card fees apply across all booking channels.

Concession Tickets

Available for patrons who are under 18 or over 65 years of age, or able to produce a valid student ID card, Actors Equity, or Community Services card. Cards or ID may be requested.


The Hamilton Gardens Summer Festival Foundation reserves the right to alter, without notice, any advertised schedule of artists, events, or programmes. Tickets are subject to availability.

Tickets are non-transferable between events and there will be no refunds or exchanges on completed bookings except as required by law. Please be sure you choose your tickets carefully and agree to the Terms and Conditions of sale before confirming your purchase.

The Festival retains the right to admit latecomers only at a suitable point in the performance. If a show is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, tickets will be refunded in full minus any ticketing administrative costs.

The Arts Festival is a series of independent events organised by different groups and organisations. The overall promoter is the Hamilton Gardens Summer Festival Foundation, a Charitable Trust. The Foundation is not responsible for individual actions of any event organisers, including cancellations.

Festival Info

Food and Beverage

The Hamilton Arts Festival Toi Ora ki Kirikiriroa takes pride in being a relaxed whānau-friendly event which encourages and monitors the responsible use of alcohol. There is a permanent liquor ban in place outside of our specially licensed areas from 10pm each night. Unless indicated otherwise within the event listing, HAF events are strictly no BYO alcohol.

Thanks to our new best friends at Montana Food & Events, there will be a selection of food and drinks available for purchase at the festival from 5pm until close every night. We invite you to come and enjoy a meal with us at the Festival Hub while taking in the free live entertainment from the University of Waikato Stage of Enlightenment (Turtle Lake Stage).

Wet Weather

Wet Weather venues are in place for events where possible.

Please check the event page on our website or social media for weather related updates and information. Note, other than Harkness Henry’s Emporium of Scintillating Wonders, The Meteor Theatre and the Clarence Street Theatre, most venues are outside, so do come prepared for all possible weather situations.

Sound Bleeds

Given the outdoor nature of the gardens and this site-specific setting, performances may experience sound bleeds. Whereby we do our best to minimise this we like to think this adds to the atmosphere of the festival and unfortunately cannot issue refunds to audience members for sound bleeds.


All shows are seated unless ‘BYO seating’ is indicated.