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Hamilton Gardens

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Address: Hungerford Crescent | SH1 (Off Cobham Drive), Hamilton, New Zealand
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+64 7-838 6782

Explore an enchanting world of secret gardens.

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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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Always something to see

There are so many different types of gardens. A pleasant place to walk, and a nice venue for refreshments

Reviewed 29 March 2012
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te Awamutu
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

There are so many different types of gardens. A pleasant place to walk, and a nice venue for refreshments

Thank Pittosporums
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

I visited Hamilton Gardens on the way to Rotorua for my 50th birthday. I was surprised at how well laid out it was and how interesting all the gardens of the world were. It was well worth visiting and I wish I had done it sooner. I would definately recommend it as a place to stroll around and enjoy all... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

Cute little secluded areas that can be explored at your own pace. Its like experiencing an Aladdin's cave but through various gardens. Have been here many times and is always a highlight when I am in Hamilton

Thank Cupcakes029
New Zealand
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

We love the Hamilton Gardens! Beautifully maintained, and a great spot to enjoy walking, picnics, or a coffee. My favorites are the themed paradise collection gardens: Italian Renaissance, Indian Cha Bagh, Japanese Contemplation, English Rose etc. For visitors from overseas there is also a Maori garden. There are plenty of other specialized gardens as well so it is worth checking... More 

Thank NZtraveller82
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 26 March 2012

Driving through Hamilton (from Cambridge to Auckland) we stopped by at this beautiful establishment to have lunch. we ended up having a long walk, cause it was just magnificent (and the weather helped too). Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Ehsan V
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Reviewed 26 March 2012

Fantastic gardens, beautifully presented & friendly staff. Great spot to pack a picnic and enjoy either the vast expanse lawns in the rhododendron or magnolia collections- or take to the 'themed room' gardens. Well worth a visit.

Thank brookeas
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

Always something new a wonderful relaxing way to spend an afternoon.

Thank CambridgeAnnette
Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 23 March 2012

A place we both love visiting. aesthetically pleasing, particularly enjoy visiting the English and Italian Gardens. Their festival, at the end of February, is one of the highlights of every year.

Thank Adrian C
Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 20 March 2012

This a magical place to visit. Nearly every time we stop in Hamilton we visit the gardens. Its lovely to take a picnic on a fine day and enjoy one of the wonderful gardens. The kids love racing a head and discoverying one of the many gardens. Our favouries are the Italian garden and the English garden. We are looking... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

There are separate gardens representing different cultures/countries i.e. Chinese, American, Italian etc. All are well done and the place is worth a visit even if you are just passing through.

Thank reb2811

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