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Hamilton Gardens

Hungerford Crescent | Sh1, Hamilton, New Zealand
+64 7-838 6782
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Explore an enchanting world of secret gardens. Transport yourself through time and to far-flung corners of the world. Meander through a lush tropical jungle, visit ancient China and indulge yourself in a Renaissance Prince's 16th century garden. Five garden collections have been created to delight the senses, with some garden concepts reaching back 4,000 years. Hamilton Gardens is a conceptual garden based in the Waikato that explores the context, history and meaning of gardens through time, and from around the world. It is internationally recognised for its unique concept and is the Waikato region's most popular tourist destination. Only five minutes drive from Hamilton's CBD, the Gardens is open 7 days a week during daylight hours and entry and parking is free. Access is off SH1, alongside Cobham Drive on the southern side of Hamilton.
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Hungerford Crescent | Sh1, Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

How come I didn’t know about Hamilton Gardens? How come I only half-heartedly agreed to join my Hamilton-based friend, who was clearly brimming with pride? It’s not that I don’t like botanical gardens. I thought it might be...boring, perhaps, in a ‘coffee-at-the-end-of-looking-at-roses’ kind of thing....More

Thank Happygolightly1
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Turned up one sunday to have a walk around, turned out it was the gourmet in the gardens festival. Very nice food and impeccably kept gardens.

Thank Lewys P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had an excellent time here, looking at the many different garden styles that are on offer. They range from an Indian palace garden to a Tudor garden, a Japanese zen garden, a farmer‘s garden and many more. Best of all, it is free to...More

Thank Magicofbooks
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited the the gardens as a party of eight with young children and teenagers. It was a wonderful experience as the gardens were in full bloom at this time of year. The gardens get better every time I go as they are continually adding...More

Thank Drew H
Reviewed 5 days ago

Have been there before and enjoyed gardens with cultural settings. This visit was rushed and, unfortunately, this time not able to soak up atmosphere of peace and tranquility.

Thank Bob R
Reviewed 5 days ago

I am in awe of what I saw. A must see if you are in Hamilton. So many types of garden and trees and flowers.

Thank Lynnchoy
Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss the themed enclosed gardens - there are quite a number and more under construction with garden styles from around the world. Just like travelling around the world (and back in time) within the space of a few steps!

Thank Denise C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really enjoyed their gardens based on different countries. Chinese, Indian and Italian gardens are beautifully designed with lot of exciting details which make them really fun to visit.

Thank Q377NYdaniell
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a beautiful 22degree day when my wife and I visited. We found plenty of parking, and then made our way to the information centre, the staff were very friendly, helpful and provide great advice on what to do to get most out of...More

Thank Xiem H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Me and my friends really enjoyed this garden.. I've been working in a garden i England and never have I come acrossed a garden for free that look as good as this one... It's amazing... So pay it a visit and if you feel like...More

Thank Josie L
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22 December 2017|
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Response from meenamen |
thanks everyone. I found this on the website so I guess I shall brave the dirty looks. Dogs. Dogs are not permitted in the enclosed gardens or in Hamilton East Park Cemetery. They are allowedeverywhere else on a lead. We... More
2 December 2017|
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Response from 732steve | Reviewed this property |
Yes it closes at 8pm in summer and 5pm in winter
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8 September 2017|
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Response from Karen O | Reviewed this property |
Yes beautiful, free and disability friendly