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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 13 May 2013

Stunning gardens which the whole family enjoyed. Every turn was another theme and another surprise. As the clever orientations often looked out over the river it made even the smaller gardens look huge. Allow yourself more time then you think you will need as there...More

Thank Chris A
Reviewed 5 May 2013

Quite amazing to find such interestingly designed gardens in a regional centre. The intricate pattern of linking gardens confused us a bit and we felt at one stage as though we were in a maze with no way out. Fortunately we could ask other, local,...More

Thank Lynette L
Reviewed 5 May 2013

Amazing gardens. The extent and different themes are outstanding. Very helpful information office staff. We walked the main gardens and then did something very different, the Cemetery Walk. Very Different. The extent of the grounds means a half day visit is a minimum. The only...More

Thank peter_the_traveller4
Reviewed 4 May 2013

Hamilton Gardens is a bit of a gem. I didn't know it existed but was pleasantly surprised. Would recommend a visit if you like parks and gardens.

Thank JohnandWendy
Reviewed 3 May 2013

Hamilton Gardens just seems to do its job so well, regardless of the time of year or even the year. Visitors love the range of gardens. They think they are going to a stock standard botanical garden, like is found nearly everywhere else in the...More

Thank whosemother
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Reviewed 1 May 2013

Step into the unknown. Hard to describe so is a must see if you are in Hamilton. Meticulous gardens from many different countries in the world. It has you looking around every corner and is sad when you finally come to the end of the...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 30 April 2013

highlight: I love how they continued to develop different sections of the garden, makes every visit a pleasant surprise. lowlight: some garden (the English one especially) felt as if there was lack of love involved, weed everywhere and patchy lawn... not what I remembered of...More

Thank JaneCApril
Reviewed 26 April 2013

It's a pity if you haven't been to Hamilton Gardens while you are in New Zealand! My recommendation is visiting it in summer (the best time) while all the flowers are blooming in a way that is indescribably beautiful. Hamilton Gardens has tremendous views and...More

Thank VFXKristanto
Reviewed 25 April 2013

Not a massive gardening person but this was pretty impressive! We had lunch in the Japanese garden!!

Thank josh f
Reviewed 24 April 2013

We go here all the time wiht the family. All family members enjoy it. And it is free. The gardens keep chaning with the seasons so always some thing different to see.

Thank Leanne M
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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|
Response from habanachooky | Reviewed this property |
Yes its free to walk around and enjoy :)
15 August 2017|
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Response from marynasuke | Reviewed this property |
No there isn't.