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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 6 February 2013

The gardens are great at all different times of the year. We went in autumn when all the trees were losing their leafs and changing colour. It made for beautiful photography. Then in summer the smell of all the roses are Devine. Great place to...More

Thank Trish M
Reviewed 2 February 2013

These are first rate Botanic gardens, definitely worth a few hours if you are in the Hamilton area. The printed guide provided is very easy to follow and the country specific gardens and architecture are excellent representations.

Thank AussiePD
Reviewed 28 January 2013

We decided to stop in at Hamilton Gardens before we left for home. What an unbelievable place! We were time restricted so were only able to see three of the gardens, but each one was extensive, stunning & unique! We will be returning for a...More

Thank Michelle E
Reviewed 28 January 2013

I have seen this garden developed over the past 20 years - always great to see each new segment unfold. Love bringing my visitors here and seeing them wow by it. February each year - the garden comes into its own as the most fabulous...More

Thank flighty
Reviewed 28 January 2013

For New Zealand, these gardens are really well made. Each section was a different country or idea and they were all hidden so taht you can't see them until you walk into their specific part. Beautiful! Would go there again

Thank Issythetraveler
Reviewed 24 January 2013

I have been at different times and there is always something new to look at. Loved the Scarecrows and want to take part in the next competition. Lots of different scarecrows. Love to visit the sustainable garden - like to see the changes.

Thank Trish480
Reviewed 24 January 2013

Saw sign to Hamilton gardens on route up to Auckland and decided to go and have a coffee and a short wander around. Two hours later we were still there, totally bowled over by the stunning gardens. It is like walking into beautiful stage sets...More

1  Thank Jennyapples
Reviewed 24 January 2013

This is my absolute favourite place in Hamilton. I always find something interesting and new there and after travelling around the world I still can't believe it's still free! The grounds are enormous, with something for everyone - a lake, a cafe, Italian gardens, Chinese...More

Thank sedky
Reviewed 20 January 2013

Well worth the visit..we went twice to do all the walks and the different gardens. Had a couple of picnic lunches. Worth doing the longer walks on the map as well as the themed gardens. Great that this is all free. You can even buy...More

Thank TravellingKiwi
Reviewed 19 January 2013 via mobile

We took a picnic and spent about 3 hours here. You can walk dogs and let the kids play. Plenty of nice views around the gardens and some lovely walks.

Thank beckybb84
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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
sunny g
11 May 2015|
Response from Hamilton G | Property representative |
Hi, Hamilton Gardens is a public park and free to visit. Many thanks.