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Hamilton Gardens

Hungerford Crescent | SH1 (Off Cobham Drive), 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 (Off Cobham Drive), Hamilton, New Zealand
+64 7-838 6782
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Map costs $2, with free brief explanation of all ongoings and gardens. We had an hour to spare so were told which to visit first and how to get the best experience. Not a guided tour. So great to walk around the themed gardens, loved...More

Thank Meremaid
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hubby and i went to the gardens just to see if it was any good after seeing it in a trravel guide/book and boy were we impressed! Its winter right now so most of the trees and plants were "sleeping" for the winter so there...More

Thank introvertedexplorer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Set in the gardens is the cafe. We sat outside on the deck overlooking the pond. Lovely hot drinks and great service.

Thank habanachooky
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Met up with fellow dog person to walk puppies, place was clean, people were friendly, no hastles with two naughty puppies, lake was and surroundings were clean and tidy with rubbish bins not over flowing. Good place to take kids and puppies

Thank dajarranz2012
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went there last year and went again this year, I was surprised at the massive improvement it has made in just one year. One of them is public transportation available to get to the garden. Last time I went, there is only one public...More

Thank marynasuke
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Timing matters if you like to see flowers. If you just want to enjoy different topics such as a Chinese or an Indian garden, timing does not matter. The Japanese garden is a go-to, any-time.

Thank dbremser
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gardens were incredible. I loved the Indian Char Bagh garden and the Italian Renaissance garden. I didn't not expect to be so blown away when I walked in. I felt like I walked from India, to Italy, and then into Japan, and so on....More

Thank Georgia S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We pulled into have our lunch, as we have done many times, before going onto the Hospital. We were very impressed with the new children's area, etc. well done to all and everyone who has been involved in the development of this area. New toilets...More

Thank nudenut
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a pleasant surprise! Not what you usually expect from a free garden. Definitely recommend spending an hour or so.

Thank Snip3rNZ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful assortment of various gardens inspired by a myriad of cultures. I've walked through them all time after time and still jump at the chance to visit! It's an easy walk - think of it as a self-guided tour - and a lovely place...More

Thank hillsighed
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15 August 2017|
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Response from marynasuke | Reviewed this property |
No there isn't.
10 July 2015|
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Response from Hamilton G | Property representative |
Hi, The enclosed sector contains our themed gardens and we recommend approximately two hours to enjoy this area. The wider site is spread across 54 hectares with some highlights including the Rogers Rose Garden, display... More
14 June 2015|
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Response from Hamilton G | Property representative |
Hi Barb, thanks for your query - and look forward to seeing you! The Gardens have been designed for year-round colour. We replace the flowers in the Indian Char Bagh twice a year (more than 4,000 flowers!) so they will be... More