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Hamilton Gardens

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Hungerford Crescent | Sh1, Hamilton, New Zealand
+64 7-838 6782
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Hamilton Gardens Guided Tour
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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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With time to kill in Hamilton, we decided to stop at the gardens and we are so glad we did! These are some of the most well kept and designed gardens I have ever seen. I can understand why they have won awards as each...More

Thank Klsunny
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a couple of hours to fill while visiting Hamilton on business. Taking our cameras for a walk in the gardens was a great way to fill this time. In the words of another visitor,"you would not realise the wonders in this garden if...More

Thank whowesit
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a lovely spot. So beautiful. Wonderfully set up. The individual garden sections from each area are so well designed. So different from each other. A surprise around each corner.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Do not miss the Gardens. They are just wonderful. If we are anywhere near Hamilton, we make time for these. The creativity and inspiration from the themed gardens is huge. We loved the new concept garden - especially the wardrobe! We can't wait to return...More

Thank ChrisS_Lpl
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Reviewed 3 days ago

These gardens comprise a long list of themed gardens that you walk into one after another. They are meticulously kept, well-stocked and present gardening as it is from around the world. I don't think you could sensibly do it in a day - there is...More

Thank Roger E
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It was raining and we still were delighted and totally enjoyed walking the gardens. You can easily spend a few hours or more exploring the various venues. Glad we toured the gardens, even in the rain. Highly recommended.

Thank gdeakins
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The gardens provided a little of everything for the whole family. My wife loved the varied discrete gardens and in particular the vegetable/kitchen gardens. My 1 year old daughter enjoyed the various water features and changes in texture from one garden to the next. I...More

Thank Zak L
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Reviewed 5 days ago

It is amazing how different each garden is, and to see plants you have not seen before. Don't think there was any gardens that disappointed. I particularly loved the herb garden and kitchen garden and learned a lot from the sustainable garden. Will definitely be...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We popped in on the way to dropping a friend at the bus station in Hamilton and had some time to kill, and we were actually pleasantly surprised. I mean, it does what it says on the tin, it’s a collection of nice gardens so...More

Thank vicccc92
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Great place to visit and explore. Gardens are amazing and well laid out. Great to see all the different concept gardens. Something for everyone!

Thank Tracey M
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meenamen
22 December 2017|
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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
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Tarquero
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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bo l
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Response from Karen O | Reviewed this property |
Yes beautiful, free and disability friendly
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