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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
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"italian renaissance"
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"japanese garden"
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"english garden"
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"rose garden"
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"turtle lake"
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"world class"
in 68 reviews
"different countries"
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"free entry"
in 53 reviews
"full bloom"
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"free attraction"
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"few hours"
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"nice cafe"
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"every corner"
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"information centre"
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"great place to visit"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even for the non-gardener these gardens are an unmissable feature on any tour of North Island. The layout is well explained, the different sectors completely different to one another. Need to take a water bottle as there's not a lot of shade. The cafe does...More

Thank Jay55R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So many flowers, trees from around the world in one place. This gardens are divided into multiple parts, like for example Chinese, Japanese, Italien, Tudor, Tropical, Te Parapara garden. It was so many colours, styles and architectures - one day is not enough. And everything...More

Thank Martin B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Hamilton Gardens are very extensive. A lot of areas are based on different themes. We attended a wedding in the Renaissance garden which was very beautiful.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well laid out, easy to walk. Varied and interesting planting. The rose area was particularly lovely.

Thank Sara C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hamilton gardens are a must see when you visit Hamilton. The different gardens are very nice and the designers put a lot of effort into details. It is a great place to spend a day out and on Sundays there is live music and kind...More

Thank Natasha0606
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fifty years ago it was a tip and now it has so many different gardens with varying themes which are fantastically well manicured. Almost no weeds and the variety is outstanding. And it’s free! Allow time. We only had an hour so didn’t really see...More

Thank DREGS
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The beautiful Hamilton Gardens just get better and better as more beautiful themed garden rooms get developed. Soon there will be a Surrealist garden and a Concept garden. The gardens are within a larger park complex which also has a beautiful glasshouse for tropicals and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to the gardens on a very hot day, we weren't sure whether it would've been better to go to the beach but when we got there and walked into the first garden we knew we'd made the right choice. It was cool and...More

Thank Mark G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent around 4 hours at the Hamilton Gardens today, starting with brunch in the Garden Cafe. I had an excellent eggs benedict. The themed gardens within Hamilton Gardens are many and varied. Other reviews probably list these but they ranged from a Maori vegetable...More

Thank John B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We loved the surprise we received when we visited these gardens. The themed gardens are so much more enchanting and amazing than we could imagine. It was fabulous strolling through different designs from different countries, it was like you were really in each country. The...More

Thank Philip H
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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
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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bo l
8 September 2017|
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Response from Karen O | Reviewed this property |
Yes beautiful, free and disability friendly
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