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Hamilton Gardens

Address: Cobham Drive (State Highway 1) | Private Bag 3010, Hamilton, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-838 6782
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Ranked #1 of 27 things to do in Hamilton
Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Explore an enchanting world of secret gardens. Transport yourself through time and to far-flung...
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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.

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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

A great find in a somewhat pedestrian town, really lovely gardens, set up as studies from around the world, a perfect pocket-find, just enough to keep you interested without being totally shattering to walk around!

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Cardston, Canada
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Impressive! free! Wow location! This is an amazing place, very well taken care of, layout is great, as is variety of plants.

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Mandurah, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

A wonderful collection of stunning gardens. Oh the serenity of Japanese Contemplative Garden; the cleverness in the Chinese Pavilion; the interesting gardening techniques in the Maori productive Garden; the elegance of the Chinoiserie; symmetry in the Italian Renaissance Garden and the beautiful new Tudir Garden. Plus, there's more,lots more. And it is free.

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Shepparton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Worth a visit,amazing variety of plants, well set out. Free admission, plan to spend a couple of days to enjoy everything.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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32 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

This is a real asset to Hamilton and a must see if visiting Hamilton. Each garden is so well presented and with so many to veiw, you can easily loose track of time, allow at least half a day for this venue to appriciat it.

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

The best public gardens I have ever been to. Hamilton Gardens blow any botanic gardens out of the water, they are so much more than plants and flowers. Each garden is a journey of discovery and surprise as you visit different countries and garden styles. There are also many great picnic spots and plenty of room for kids to play.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

great place, 6 or 7 different ethnic garden designs on display and they are all impressive. good view over looking the waikato river, best of all its free. Allow at least 2 hours to see everything.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

This is a magnificent place to visit. Hamilton has many places of interest to visit out as far as Matamata which has the experience of the Hobbiton Movie set

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Visited after being dropped off at the car park after the Waikato River Explorer and Mystery Creek wine tasting...the gardens were amazing, a massive variety of different themed gardens from Italian, Indian, English, American, Japanese all very pretty, and there was a brass band playing for a festival at the entrance which was very enjoyable (Hamilton City Brass band I... More 

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Hamilton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Hamilton Gardens has a great selection on themed gardens that always look lovely, even in winter. The Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival was on while I was visiting which is an amazing event with all sorts of art, musical and theater performances. There's also a large lawn/park area, lake and a rose garden as well as river views throughout the themed... More 

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