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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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Hamilton Gardens are well worth a visit. I know nothing about gardens and do not generally enjoy them, but these were amazing. The kids had a ball and loved seeing all the... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2011
Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 7 September 2011

Hamilton Gardens are well worth a visit. I know nothing about gardens and do not generally enjoy them, but these were amazing. The kids had a ball and loved seeing all the different displays, espesially the Maroi one. I though we'd all get bored very quickly, but ended up spending most of the day there and didn't see everything. Excellent... More 

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Reviewed 30 July 2011

We LOVED the Hamilton Gardens and took lots of photo and video. We visited with our 2 children ages 7 and 5 and a family friend. It was lovely walking around the gardens and taking in all the different styles from around the world! Don't forget camera and video! It's a great place for family photos. We stopped on the... More 

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South Australia
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Reviewed 5 May 2011

Hamilton Gardens was listed in our 'Self Drive Holidays NZ' travel itinerary as a recommended 'to do'. I am so glad that Cam Potts mentioned it as it was one of the highlights of the whole trip. We didn't have enough time to do the whole garden but we walked through each of the themed gardens which included: Italian Renaissance... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 20 February 2011

An absolute must do when in Hamilton. You could easily spend 2-3 hours here and still not have seen everything. The themed gardens were the most impressive. Especially the Italian and Indian gardens, it's like stepping into another world, it's paradise. There is so much to see, the beauty of it all. It's totally worth it and free entry. Spend... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 6 October 2010

Hamilton was cold and wet and when we managed to get out we had a walk around these gardens. They were beautiful in the rain and I can imagine it would be brilliant in the summer. I am a 23 year old guy and not really a big fan of gardening and thoroughly enjoyed myself here. World gardens, huge vegetable... More 

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Reviewed 10 June 2008

I had time to kill in Hamilton and opted for a walk along the river as far as Hamilton Gardens. I had heard of Hamilton Gardens and had low expectations, having been to similar places around the world. How wrong I could have been! It far exceeded anything I had read about it and was a delightful, free, afternoon. I... More 

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