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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 4 May 2014

I had heard that the Hamilton Gardens were good, so despite just being in Hamilton overnight and having a booking for a Waitomo Caves tour later in the morning, I got out of bed early and headed down to the gardens for a quick look...More

Thank Boxing_Kangaroo
Reviewed 3 May 2014

I visited with friends and their young children Ian's had a fabulous time walking around all the differently themed gardens. Surprisingly each themed garden was quite big and you could linger or move on to the next one at your own leisure. You could spend...More

Thank Abigail L
Reviewed 1 May 2014

Hamilton Gardens fantasy theme gardens convey the feeling of a Chinese scholar's garden, a Sunset-type American garden, a blindingly bright Indian garden or a tropical paradise. There are also a number of productive gardens, including a Maori garden with Pataka. In season, the Rose Gardens...More

Thank Hinekiri
Reviewed 1 May 2014

If you're in Hamilton, make sure you go there! I have been to many gardens around the world and these are definitely in my top 5! The place is really well maintained and huge, you can easily spend half a day or a whole day...More

Thank nzdownunder
Reviewed 30 April 2014

I was shocked by how many different gardens are on the grounds (especially since it's free). This was my first garden experience, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed walking through the entire park. If you pass through Hamilton and have an hour or...More

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Reviewed 27 April 2014

On a recent family visit to New Zealand, we visited Hamilton Gardens. Firstly, I was totally amazed that it was free to visit but would gladly have paid to view. All of the gardens are delightful and so well kept. My favourites were the tropical...More

Thank Sunflowers1977
Reviewed 27 April 2014

We stop here each time we pass through Hamilton and are never disappointed. The themed gardens are a must see with the Japanese and Chinese gardens a personal favourite. It has been lovely to see the gardens grow and mature year after see and finally...More

Thank onlyslightlymad
Reviewed 24 April 2014

What a gem. The theme gardens are wonderful and the entire grounds are perfect for an afternoon stroll. If you are in Hamilton don't miss this place.

Thank Daniel D
Reviewed 24 April 2014

We visited the gardens on the way back to Auckland after a day out, it was a nice break of the journey and we took a relaxing stroll around. The gardens are nicely set out and very well kept, however I would not say its...More

Thank shazneary
Reviewed 21 April 2014

I have visited the Hamilton Gardens a number of times and never been disappointed. Hamilton City maintain the gardens well and are upgrading the displays on a planned basis. In particular I like: the seasonal displays especially Roses and Rhododendrons in spring the themed displays...More

Thank Brian S
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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