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Hamilton Gardens

Hungerford Crescent | SH1 (Off Cobham Drive), 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 (Off Cobham Drive), Hamilton, New Zealand
+64 7-838 6782
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Reviewed 9 May 2017

This is a great place to spend the day. You can walk around for hours enjoying the many different themed gardens. Have been several times and never disappointed. You can pack a picnic or eat at the cafe on the grounds.

Thank Lmvrlv
Reviewed 8 May 2017

One can move from Indian gardens to Chinese, to English etc. Another section has maori structures in an enclosed setting. The rose garden area is huge and lovely. I believe this is a must see in Hamilton.

Thank freecraig
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Very pretty. Went here with a professional photographer and she got some really great photos with a bunch of different backgrounds. V recommended

Thank 390christied
Reviewed 7 May 2017

As another reviewer so ably put it, this is a "museum of gardens." Well-structured, well-explained, informative, and of course, beautiful. The gardens consist of several hubs-and-spokes, albeit with additional inter-connections. Even the waiting areas are beautiful. There are gardens spanning time and place - Italian...More

Thank zhivana2016
Reviewed 7 May 2017

The gardens are extensive, many parts are open access, the more formal stylistic ones are carefully and cleverly developed from various traditions and very well executed. It continues to expand and develop and can only get more interesting. Some lovely views of the river and...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Excellent free public garden that is supported by volunteers and donations. Since the Garden does not charge an admission, buying a map, etc. in the gift shop or eating in the café is a good way to support this very nicely done attraction. We spent...More

Thank ronvoyage
Reviewed 3 May 2017

We came to call this place a "museum of gardens." Roaming the different small gardens had such a different feel than other gardens we've been to. It was nice to get to experience so many varieties of gardens from different cultures in small settings that...More

Thank nachty
Reviewed 2 May 2017

My husband and I and three children (7, 5 and 6 months) visited the gardens one afternoon in the recent school holidays. The gardens are lovely, my kids loved running around exploring. We really needed more time to do it properly (we were there about...More

Thank ilovefrance12
Reviewed 2 May 2017

very beautiful gardens near the center city even if the weather isn't good parking free cafe and restaurant very good too

Thank virginie223
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Happened to be passing by en route from Auckland to Hobbiton and wanted a stop off for a leg stretch and coffee. Couldn't have been more surprised by the beautiful, imaginative gardens here, all run by the local "council" and that you did not have...More

Thank Sassy-TRIP
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Hi, How much time does it take to walk through all the gardens? Thank you.
10 July 2015|
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Response from Hamilton G | Property representative |
Hi, The enclosed sector contains our themed gardens and we recommend approximately two hours to enjoy this area. The wider site is spread across 54 hectares with some highlights including the Rogers Rose Garden, display... More
Hi Kelly, what are the gardens like in the winter? We are arriving at the end of June. Barb
14 June 2015|
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Response from Hamilton G | Property representative |
Hi Barb, thanks for your query - and look forward to seeing you! The Gardens have been designed for year-round colour. We replace the flowers in the Indian Char Bagh twice a year (more than 4,000 flowers!) so they will be... More
sunny g
Is there any price or cost for adult and student to visit in this garden..?
11 May 2015|
Response from Hamilton G | Property representative |
Hi, Hamilton Gardens is a public park and free to visit. Many thanks.