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Hamilton Gardens

Cobham Drive (State Highway 1) | Private Bag 3010, Hamilton, New Zealand
+64 7-838 6782
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Ranked #1 of 16 attractions in Hamilton
Type: Gardens
Owner description: Explore an enchanting world of secret gardens. Transport yourself through time and to far-flung corners of the world. Meander through a lush... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Houston, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

What a gem. The theme gardens are wonderful and the entire grounds are perfect for an afternoon stroll. If you are in Hamilton don't miss this place.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

We visited the gardens on the way back to Auckland after a day out, it was a nice break of the journey and we took a relaxing stroll around. The gardens are nicely set out and very well kept, however I would not say its a must see on a tour of New Zealand.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

I have visited the Hamilton Gardens a number of times and never been disappointed. Hamilton City maintain the gardens well and are upgrading the displays on a planned basis. In particular I like: the seasonal displays especially Roses and Rhododendrons in spring the themed displays like Japanese oriental, Italian renaissance, English country, and vegetable garden with composting systems the Summer... More

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

I am amazed continually that you don't have to pay to get into Hamilton Gardens. They could charge and it would easily be worth the trip, but the fact that it is free makes it that much more extraordinary. The themed gardens are just spectacular. I went with my husband and small son and we all enjoyed our time visiting.... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Tranquiilty personified is an apt description for what the Hamilton Gardens has to offer anyone who has the time to visit, wander or roam this great expanse. Pick your part that interests you the most and let your imagination run wild. There is a cafe which serves excellent food as well. In February each year the Gardens become a moving... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

These Gardens are beautiful and well worth a visit. Often used for weddings. Pack a picnic and just enjoy the surrounds.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Lovely themed gardens, each one so different, a lovely way to spend an afternoon wandering around the paths, you can picnic in the open spaces or enjoy coffee / lunch at the cafe. There is a playground and plenty of room for young children to run around.

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Broadbeach, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Gorgeous large beautiful gardens, nice place to go on a sunny day just for a walk around or picnic as a family, couple or friends. The lake is pretty with lots of room to find a nice quiet spot around to spend the afternoon. The ground keepers take lots of care of the entire place and it is always very... More

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waitomo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

A great place to spend half a day. Probably the best attraction in Hamilton.The theme gardens are a delight and with the others to be completed soon the gardens will be even better.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This is a special place for everyone of every age to visit. The gardens are beautifully done, with a variety of different themes. The Italian Garden is my favourite, the archtecture and plants are amazing. It is a great spot to picnic. It is honestly world class.

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