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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 11 Attractions in Hamilton
Type: Gardens, Parks, Outdoors
Owner description: Explore an enchanting world of secret gardens. Transport yourself through time and to far-flung...
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Type: Gardens, Parks, Outdoors
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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North Queensland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Visited these gardens whilst in Hamilton. What a wonderful, relaxing morning. Great cafe with food that looked amazing & lovely volunteer ladies who were happy to assist in any way they could. This is a free attraction and well worth the visit. So many beautiful gardens and open green spaces to roam through. Congratulations & thanks to all those involved... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

It was a huge garden and just won the best garden award. It's quite a good site to visit particularly it's free admission. Considering there's not much to see in Hamilton you should really visit this place.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Gosh I enjoyed this visit. If you're in the Waikato, go to the gardens. They are inspirational and you can't help but feel happy surrounded by so much beauty. The themed gardens are equally beautiful; heck take the whole family. Congratulations to their local council. These gardens are a must see.

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

Great wedding venue. Garden was closed off - beautiful setting. Perfect acoustics too. Plenty of sun shade and apparently gardens staff were really obliging too.

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Tarout, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

There are probably better gardens in other countries in the world, but sure Hamilton Gardens is a must visit one. Go and wonder around along the paths, wherever they take you ... see the flowers, the trees and you won't miss the different styles from different times and places.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

These gardens were incredible. The work that has gone into their upkeep from the local council & volunteers is incredibly impressive. We couldn't believe the variety and beauty of every garden. It's one of the best gardens we've seen worldwide,no wonder they've just won an international award, and it's free!

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Very beautiful and huge gardens, with different countries themes. Educational for kids as well. You can easily spend half a day here.

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The visit to this garden was one of the highlights of our trip to NZ. It was the best gardens I have ever seen. We went on a cold, windy day but it was still a great experience. I wish we had allowed more time so that we could have taken more time looking around. There were signs up that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

For a city dweller, this garden is absolutely awesome, and I recommend this place is a must-visit when you are in Hamilton.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The best botanical gardens that I have ever visited. The location is very good for a busy town and the gardens themselves are kept phenomenally well. Small, mind, but I can't fault them for what they do have.

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