Hamilton Gardens

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Hamilton Gardens
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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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Auckland Central, New Zealand52 contributions
Apr 2022
The Hamilton Gardens are the perfect tranquil distraction from the stress of life. Lots to see. Beautiful plants around every corner. The team that designed and maintains the gardens should be very proud. We could have spent all day here. Our teenage daughters really enjoyed it. They joked they have now see the world. Something to see for everyone. Well worth the two hour drive. Can't believe it is still free - we will be back!
Written 1 May 2022
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AnnaNZPorirua
Porirua, New Zealand132 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
We love Hamilton Gardens and drive hours out of the way to see them. Loved the new (ish) Surreal Garden today. Amazing that it's free and available for all to enjoy
Written 20 April 2022
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Cullen
Waitakere City, New Zealand3 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Very amazing place to visit for the family. So picturesque and tranquil. Love the layout. Good variety of amazing gardens that represents many cultures.
Written 3 April 2022
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sandy22NewZealand
Lower Hutt, New Zealand215 contributions
Mar 2022
if you go to Hamilton go to these amazing gardens they are free and everyone will love them there is something for everyone
Written 18 March 2022
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owlesey
Kaiapoi, New Zealand872 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
Was surprised that for something outdoors that you had to have a Vax pass and be masked the whole time. Aside from that, this is a beautiful, very well kept gardens to explore. My favorite was the Chinese Garden. There is a cafe and information center on site.
Written 14 March 2022
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Thames, New Zealand10 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
One of the best gardens! A must visit in Hamilton. All gardens are outdoors, so prepare lots of sun cream. I walked quite fast, so the visit only took me around one hour.
Written 9 March 2022
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Chris Prouse
Cambridge, New Zealand4 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
A lot of gardens were closed. Those that were open required maintenance. Even as simple as using a leaf blower to tidy up the paths. Sad because previous visits were far more enjoyable.
Written 29 January 2022
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ShirishParanjape
Christchurch, New Zealand807 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
Free, extremely popular, well located….but….

1. Many parts of the gardens need some love and maintenance. For example, there is a lot of stagnant water with algae etc. growing on; weeds growing a lot; some hedges not pruned etc.

2. The ‘enclosed gardens’ are generally good but open only from 10-5 pm, even during summer holidays. Last entry is at 4.30 pm, and requires vaccine pass.

The highlights for me were the Indian and Italian gardens in the ‘Paradise gardens’ collection.
Written 5 January 2022
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Mechelle M
Lower Hutt, New Zealand302 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Last visited about 8 years ago, so was amazed to see the gardens had got even better! The new rooms are great, and revisiting the old rooms was still a great experience and we noticed new things . The Katherine Mansfield room was spectacular, well done to whoever designed and built that one. The Suurealist garden was amazing and fun, and worthy of the heaps of photos taken. A must see and do when you visit or pass through Hamilton. Highly recommended
Written 2 January 2022
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Kailee M
9 contributions
Feb 2021 • Family
Self guided tour - very fun to wander through the different themed gardens. We just had to rush through for 2 reasons: 1) fussy baby 2) it was closing soon (you need a couple hours to take your time). I actually went in December 2019.
Written 2 January 2022
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