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Hamilton Gardens

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Hungerford Crescent | Sh1, Hamilton, New Zealand
+64 7-838 6782
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Hamilton Gardens Guided Tour
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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
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"themed gardens"
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"italian renaissance"
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"japanese garden"
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"english garden"
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"rose garden"
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"stunning gardens"
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"turtle lake"
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"world class"
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"different cultures"
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"free entry"
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"full bloom"
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"free attraction"
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"few hours"
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"nice cafe"
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Reviewed 4 November 2014

These gardens are a treasure. For the garden enthusiasts, for parents with children, for walking groups looking for a beautiful stroll. The Hamilton gardens off Cobham drive are hidden from view as people speed passed but can be used and admired in so many wayside...More

Thank Blueredgreen
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Reviewed 4 November 2014

Any time of year or day, I always take visitors to this Hamilton gem. Stunning small "garden rooms" from all around the world can give an authentic experience of the globe in just a short walk. I visit at least once a month throughout the...More

Thank Graham2013
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Reviewed 4 November 2014

After driving by countless times over the years, en route to other places, we finally decided to make a stop and spend an hour or two at the gardens! They are truly amazing! What they have packed into that space is incredible! There were a...More

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Reviewed 1 November 2014

Hamilton Gardens has received the prestigious International Garden of the Year award; a well deserved accolade I think. I return again and again to the gardens, usually spending time in a different part on each visit. There is the oldest section (in the north-western section),...More

Thank Kathryn H
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Reviewed 30 October 2014

This oasis of beauty was a real revelation! So much to see and so close to the city, it is used by many but never seemed crowded. Without a doubt we visited at the best time of the year as the spring flowers were out...More

Thank Elizabeth D
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Reviewed 29 October 2014

But they do not cater for people that need to get there via bus, or even encourage it. making it such that bus users can not stay past 2:30pm

Thank Hippynz
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Reviewed 29 October 2014

I'm blessed to live near the gardens and visit frequently. Every season shows the gardens in a different light and with the rate they are adding new features I would recommend visiting whenever you are passing through Hamilton. I know that they just won an...More

Thank qofdnz
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Reviewed 28 October 2014 via mobile

a very beautiful place you can see how incredibly hard people have worked to make it what it is. Only one cafe though which in itself is fine unless like in our visit it was packed and the queues were out the door so we...More

Thank TheChaneys
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Reviewed 27 October 2014

What a great morning in the sun visiting this amazing collection of gardens -- our only complaint was that we didn't give ourselves enough time to fully experience all that was there. The gardens were beautifully presented in an easy to access format from a...More

Thank Butterfield15
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Reviewed 26 October 2014

The most beautiful gardens I have ever been to! Make sure you bring your camera, and have plenty of time to walk around. You won't want to leave once you arrive! Have the option of choice to relax, sit down, meet with friends, ponder and...More

Thank Hannah M
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meenamen
22 December 2017|
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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
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Tarquero
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Yes it closes at 8pm in summer and 5pm in winter
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Response from Karen O | Reviewed this property |
Yes beautiful, free and disability friendly
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