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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
+64 7-838 6782
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Easy to find with parking a public transport adjacent. Gardens were a wonderful way to spend a few hours. We came through at opening and were presented with tranquil gardens before the rush started around 10am. A map for $2 at the information building /...More

Thank Alec_Fieldsend
Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my Mature Englih friends to the garden .it was a very hot day .plenty of places to sit and rest .could do with some drinking fountains.each area well laid out with a great flow effect .too hot to do all the gardens so...More

Thank Jan L
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to any botanical gardens, but visiting the Hamilton Gardens was a unique experience. There are courtyards that lead into multiple doorways to gardens that are shielded from view my hedges. As one enters each themed garden it is not unlike a portal...More

Thank hulaori
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I spent a lovely afternoon exploring the various amazing gardens eg Indian, English, Japanese, Maori, Italian. All stunningly kept and free! Very friendly atmosphere, with families having picnics and kids frolicking in water here and there.

Thank Lorraine H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with Family (who were visiting from out of town) and it was a fantastic day out. The Gardens are kept splendidly. I am blown away that it is free. The only downside was some yob who was walking his dog about and his companions...More

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is something for everyone here. I go at least 2 times a year and I never get tired of visiting it. Awesome and free.

Thank Virginia S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The kids and family always love to visit Hamilton Gardens. Plenty of parking, cafe onsite (and in summer pop up ice cream by the kids playground). The design and layout of the gardens is pretty amazing. Highly recommend for anyone visiting Hamilton.

Thank travel7792
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’m really glad we scheduled ourselves to spend a few hours here — it is a wonderful place with a wide variety of gardens representing many different cultures and historical traditions. A museum of garden design! Very well laid out also, I was surprised we...More

Thank FirmButFair61
Reviewed 1 week ago

The gardens have been very well planned and were so interesting. Please don't start charging though.

Thank htindall
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised by these botanical gardens. We expected them to be like any other garden, you walk around and look at different flowers. There is some of that (and by some, I mean a lot since it is a huge garden). But what...More

Thank TeeGee26
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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