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Hamilton Gardens

Hungerford Crescent | Sh1, 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, Hamilton, New Zealand
+64 7-838 6782
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

This garden was so lovely we visited it twice during our stay in Hamilton. Going early on the weekend to just have the garden to ourselves was lovely, as we live in a city and often miss the solitude of nature. Well manicured and well...More

1  Thank happytraveller162
Reviewed 30 October 2013

The grounds and layout are certainly very nice with a wide variety of plants . Being the beginning of September I am sure it would have been spectacular in a few weeks time but still worthwhile going to see at any time of year I...More

1  Thank travellover795943
Reviewed 28 October 2013

We went to a wedding in the Victorian Glasshouse, which was a perfect setting on an early spring day when the weather was capricious. The gardens were perfect too, and a lovely place to stroll and admire. Later we moved to the Garden Terrace Restaurant...More

Thank bev-fothergill
Reviewed 24 October 2013

Liked the there were separate areas designated to very countries, my favourite was Indian so colourful.

Thank elljay29
Reviewed 22 October 2013

Amazing gardens could of walk some more but husband on a walking stick so couldn't see it all. Loved all the stone work, and beautiful designs.

Thank M and P S
Reviewed 17 October 2013

I absolutely love Hamilton Gardens. There are amazing cultural gardens to experience, including Indian, Chinese and Italian. I would highly recommend a day out here (or even a few hours if you are pressed for time). Best part is that it is free entry.

1  Thank Thirtygirl
Reviewed 17 October 2013

What a beautiful place. The display gardens are great and the gardens are very easily accessed, flowing well. On the day we visited there was a model train exhibition which was huge and excellent.

Thank Mwalker47
Reviewed 16 October 2013

We love to visit the Hamilton Gardens. Lovely sceneries, a surprise around every corner. Very peaceful. Cafe very small, was very busy and we had to wait a while for our order. I like to come back during different seasons and enjoy the amazing gardens.

Thank Carinv1
Reviewed 14 October 2013

We love taking the kids here for a walk as there is a lot to explore and it is a nice atmosphere. The only down side is sometimes it is really hard to get a park in the main car park which sux if you...More

Thank GandTHamilton
Reviewed 13 October 2013

The gardens are very pretty- a shame we werent there when the roses were flowering. They are very well laid out and worth the walk along the riverbank.

1  Thank Kathie L
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22 December 2017|
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Response from meenamen |
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
2 December 2017|
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Response from 732steve | Reviewed this property |
Yes it closes at 8pm in summer and 5pm in winter
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8 September 2017|
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Response from Karen O | Reviewed this property |
Yes beautiful, free and disability friendly