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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 2 weeks ago

The gardens were Lovely, I really enjoyed it. When I was exhausted I went and sat in the cafe for a while. A MUST-SEE! I got the bus from town and back again ...too easy!

Thank sg17harvey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the gardens twice in the last month and managed to see things we’d missed the first time around! I had assumed it was paid entry, but a nice surprise to see it’s free to access. Cafe, info centre and plenty of parking!

Thank Bailey W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to a lot of gardens on my travels but I have too admit this ranks as one of the best. A must see in your bucket list. We will be back again. The themes and garden rooms that represent ecological plants, have...More

Thank arwinhurwitz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited a number of gardens in Eastern Europe and some Asian countries. We love our botanical gardens in Melbourne but Hamilton gardens New Zealand is just outstanding. It is easy to walk around with so many concepts. From Indian to renaissance, hot house...More

Thank shosh22
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is definitely a place you have to visit in Hamilton, Lots of different settings for different counties, lots of photo opportunities and would be great for wedding photos, staff at the information center were very helpful and all this is free, the only thing...More

Thank John J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The place is really good to spend some quality time with Mother Nature. I was mesmerised with the beauty of the Italian garden. A must visit place in Hamilton.

Thank xoxo72
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was greatly surprised with the beauty of this magnificent garden.This is a must visit if your are in the Hamilton area. The different kind of gardens in the one area. It is very well kept. You get to see so many nations gardens in one...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were only staying at Hamilton for one night, then heading south. So glad we had time to visit the gardens before leaving! It's a very impressive piece of art! can't believe it's free to enter! Most of the gardens are very pretty, with some...More

Thank Silvia L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this botanic gardens, it is well maintain. A lot of theme you will never missed. NO ENTRANCE FEE CHARGE! you can spend long day in there snap a lot beautiful pics. I saw a couples have their prewedding photo shoot in there... its...More

Thank Chelsea C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Hamilton Gardens make a perfect lunch stopover and stroll during the drive from Auckland to Napier, New Zealand. Easily located off the highway, the extensive parking area is free. Signs indicate restrooms, an information center and café with indoor and outdoor seating. In good...More

Thank simcha
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2 December 2017|
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Response from 732steve | Reviewed this property |
Yes it closes at 8pm in summer and 5pm in winter
bo l
8 September 2017|
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Response from marynasuke | Reviewed this property |
Yes, :) unless you wanted to buy the garden map at 2$ that's all.
bo l
8 September 2017|
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Response from DexterCullen | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is still free :)