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Hamilton Gardens

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Address: Hungerford Crescent | SH1 (Off Cobham Drive), Hamilton, New Zealand
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Explore an enchanting world of secret gardens.

Transport yourself through...

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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They are lovely, wide paths, interesting variety of gardens

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 January 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2012

They are lovely, wide paths, interesting variety of gardens

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Mackay, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2012

beautiful walk around the gardens rose garden was lovely

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Blackie, Alberta, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2012

It was free and VERY little in NZ is free. The rose garden was beautiful and it was FREE :)

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Seymour, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2012

Great location next to the Waikato river, sweeping undulations, excellent maintenance. A variety of species with the paradise gardens being a highlight. Visited in summer so would be even more spectaculr in spring when in full bloom. A must for anyone visiting the area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2012

It is a beautiful garden but with most gardens, only if you have the time.

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Matamata, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2011

lovely grounds beside the mighty Waikato river. nice place for a wedding, or just take the family for a picinic.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2011

Wonderful gardens with a series of "International Gardens" within a Garden representing such places as --China , India, Italy, England etc. November was the best time to view the large "Rose Garden" with its diverse range of blooms. Also a great place for wedding ceremonies.

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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2011

We got married in the Victorian Garden Greenhouse, it was a lovely day. The flowers in the greenhouse were beautiful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2011

Not usually into gardens, but it was very nice, close to the river and just a nice space to walk through

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2011

I've visited these gardens for years and still enjoy each experience. Particularly loved the Japanese and Chinese gardens, the Indian and Renaissance gardens. Beautiful!

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