Our 65-hectare Hamilton campus is home to a wide variety of native and exotic flora and fauna.

Trees and plants

We have around 2,500 trees, both native and exotic (excluding plants under 3 metres). Our Hamilton campus boasts several groves of kahikatea and many other native trees, particularly rimu, tītoki, kauri, tōtara, miro, rewarewa, kōwhai, tī kōuka (cabbage tree), kāpuka (grisellinia), nīkau, and kānuka.

We have established eco-sourced plants from the Waikato Basin which feature below Gate 10. Our lake edges host a wide range of wetland plants and our native fern collection includes more than 70 New Zealand ferns.

All these plants and trees support native birds, including tūī and a resident ruru.

Observations of birds, insects, fungi and plants on campus have been recorded in the iNaturalistNZ database.


We have three community gardens run by staff on a voluntary basis, which produce a range of vegetables.

We also have a Rongoā Māori medicinal garden, and a threatened plant garden.


We have partnered with Pacific Coast Technical Institute to establish four hives on campus for research and educational purposes.

Learn about beekeeping courses
Pest fish


Unfortunately not all our local residents are welcome. We have pest species like catfish and goldfish in our lakes.

On land, we contend with possums, rabbits, pigeons, rats and mice.

Learn about pests in the Waikato

This work aligns with the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

6 Clean water and sanitation 14 Life below water 15 Life on land