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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: Parks, 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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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We visited in early Spring and it is like a garden museum - with examples of all kinds of gardens at different times in history. Several gardens are still under construction. It will be amazing when it is finished. It is a great shame that after walking through the gardens we went to the cafe which is a disgrace. It... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Every Easter they hold a display during the evenings. This past year (2014) various groups (artists) set up stations throughout the gardens depicting a specific thought relating to the Christian Easter. Visitors paid $5 each and were given a torch and a written guide explaining each station. So much thought and work was put into this. Not only was it... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

This was a good break of our drive when we were heading south to Rotorua. It was well kept and apparently, a very famous place for receptions and weddings. I can understand that.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We went on a nice sunny day and the gardens were pristine. Everything was well maintained, although one of the major fountains was turned off. It seems like they are constantly constructing new gardens as we passed by several that were in different stages of development.

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

A brief visit to Hamilton Gardens left me wanting more. For a quick trip, visit the themed gardens which will take you on a museum like tour through time periods and places.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We think that their recent International Garden award was well deserved. The gardens are very well laid out, with semi-hidden passageways opening up a new garden surprise around every corner. The diversity of gardens, from formal 16th-17th century replicas to modern, sustainable backyard gardens, has something for everyone. Good job!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

One of the key reasons we stayed in Hamilton was to visit the Hamilton Gardens. They were stunning!! Especially the Fantasy and Paradise gardens. My favourites were the Indian and Italian gardens. Gorgeous!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

A very nice walk in well manicured gardens. Good opportunity for a few nice photographs. Head down if you have a few hours spare.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We only spent an hour and a half in the gardens, but likely could have spent longer. A number it the gardens were closed for maintenance, which was disappointing but beating anyone's control! Highly recommended. Try to see the gardens on a sunny day. The colours are amazing in the sunlight!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

If you love flowers this is the place to go. Hamilton gardens offers a great variety of different arrangements such as an Indian garden, a Zen garden as well as a herb garden and much more. It's even worth a visit in winter which is not true for most of the other gardens we paid a visit to.

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