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Hamilton Gardens

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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
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

I never tire of visiting our beautiful Hamilton Gardens. I always take friends and family, tourist or non-tourist, to the gardens when they come and visit. It is fantstically and artistically designed, beautifully tended to and so interesting for all. The person who designed each...More

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

This is the treasure of Hamilton and you should set aside a day to enjoy all its pleasure. the beautiful themed gardens, the roses, the native plantings, the river flowing past. Take a picnic or eat at the cafe. THis is a garden for everyone...More

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Have taken several overseas visitors to the Hamilton Gardens over the past month, and even now, heading into winter, they are looking beautiful! There is always something in flower and the underlying structure of the different gardens means that even in the middle of winter,...More

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We find the Hamilton gardens a great stop, lots of variation in gardens, well mapped out and a visit that will inspire any gardener.

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

We visited in the morning and the gardens felt peaceful and relaxing. There are so many different styles of gardens here, all well laid out and beautifully looked after. You don't need to be a gardener to enjoy these gardens and even better - it's...More

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Reviewed 25 May 2014

Love these gardens, they are world class. Always changing with the seasons, a great place to walk, picnic, sit, have coffee.

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Reviewed 20 May 2014

This really exceptional botanical garden covers beautiful set piece displays of horticulture around the world, as well as introduction to indigenous New Zealand flora, and practical guidance on gardening from vegetable growing to worm farming. We also enjoyed an excellent lunch in the cafe.

Thank RHK30
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

Unfortunately we went on Good Friday so none of the shops / education centres were open. The gardens are beautiful with a gorgeous lake and waterfall and lots of bird life. They were in the process of creating a couple of new gardens which was...More

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Reviewed 18 May 2014

Thoroughly enjoyable time exploring these gardens. Liked the way they were created to represent different culture with the Maori garden a real feature. Italian, English and vegetable gardens were all interesting. Great parking and free entry made this a really worthwhile visit.

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Reviewed 17 May 2014

Probably one of the best Gardens I have ever been too. In particular the sustainable garden is amazing, and if you get pekish you can always help yourself to some food. Great view over the Waikato river from the Italian garden too.

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meenamen
22 December 2017|
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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
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Tarquero
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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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Response from Karen O | Reviewed this property |
Yes beautiful, free and disability friendly
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