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Address: Cobham Drive (State Highway 1) | Private Bag 3010, Hamilton, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-838 6782
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Description: Explore an enchanting world of secret gardens. Transport yourself...
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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Wow at any time of year. I go here often with friends and it is always excellent. No surprise the the Gardens won International Garden of the Year. Ever changing and new... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Wow at any time of year. I go here often with friends and it is always excellent. No surprise the the Gardens won International Garden of the Year. Ever changing and new developments happening all the time. A NZ jewel!

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Stunning gardens at any time of year. The different garden views are just amazingly done and something you would expect in a larger town but just fantastic to find in Hamilton.

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Napier, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Hamilton Gardens are a great place to visit if you have the time to walk around them. There are many interesting types of gardens and they are all well looked after. It's very relaxing and you can see everyone else enjoying the gardens as well. Sunday lunchtime was very popular with families taking their picnics.

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Canterbury Region, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

A visit to these beautifully designed gardens has to be at the top of your list for visitors and locals alike. Each themed garden has been developed with taste and sensitivity. Hamilton is my home town and when I visited these gardens I just loved the way these gardens flowed each from a central courtyard but remained separate from each... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW via mobile

Such amazing gardens just unfortunate about the terrible cafe- bad food and bad service. Would of been a fabulous visit without the bad start.

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Weiden, Germany
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Spent a wam and sunny autumn afternoon there, the set up is beautiful, great variety of plants and set ups, even live music! Absolutely enjoyed it!

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Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Went there on a tour but I'm not a gardener. Some of the displays were well done and had great facilities

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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

A truly awesome time can be spent walking from one style of garden thru to the next, all connected with interesting walkways, and all so different. I often enjoy the formal Italian, the colourful CharBar (Indian), the authentic Japanese, the historic Maori, and the many other different themed gardens. The new Tudor garden is fabulous, the rose gardens are a... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We were looking for a lunch stop and had heard of these gardens. The cafe/restaurant was very good with a varied selection, very fresh food and quick and careful service. The gardens are excellent and are laid out in many different styles (european and asian) and very easily accessible and amongst the best that we have seen, more cities need... More 

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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

It was a long weekend with nothing better do to, we had not heard of the place before nor had we ever been keen to visit a "garden". Our neighbors suggested we go visit this place. The drive to Hamilton from Auckland was rather uneventful, but the place left us amazed. The amount of time and effort that the people... More 

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