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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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A spur of the moment visit

I hadn't been to the Hamilton Gardens for several years, and yesterday and friend and I had time to wander around and have a really good look. The new Tudor garden, although... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Otorohanga, New Zealand
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Otorohanga, New Zealand
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

I hadn't been to the Hamilton Gardens for several years, and yesterday and friend and I had time to wander around and have a really good look. The new Tudor garden, although smaller than we had thought it would be, is beautiful. The Chinese and Japanese gardens were tranquil and ideal for a quiet meditative sit. It's great to see... More 

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Fremantle, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Really pretty, and each of the separate gardens was a delight to walk in. I would very much recommend this on the list of everyone going to Hamilton. My favourite garden was the Tudor garden, but each of them was very well thought out and very pretty.

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hamilton
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Been there alot . always so busy but its so lovely and beautiful there is so so much to look at.the cafe is quite nice too

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Auckland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Went Saturday 28th March while in Hamilton to see the Balloons Over Waikato. This would have to be the most amazing gardens I have ever visited and I have been through many. It was just so unexpected to go through the brick portals into each section and each corner you went around had more amazing things. Certainly a well kept... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

These are the most glorious gardens . So much Work has gone into them. There are at least 10 different gardens themed like Tudor English Renaissance Indian chinese etc. truly magnificent. And FREE

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Hamilton Gardens are simply amazing. We really don't know how lucky we are to have such amazing well kept gardens right by the Waikato river in the heart of the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Extensive well maintained gardens which, incredibly, we free to enter. Particularly enjoyed the many themed gardens even if we did not recognise the English Tudor section

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We haven't visited here for many years and were really surprised by the changes and additions since our last visit. What a wonderful place. Highly recommended.

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

A really lovely surprise! A well kept collection of gardens from around the world. An enjoyable afternoon wandering and taking mental notes for future use.

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Vancouver
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The title might be damning with faint praise because Hamilton, to be brutally honest, just isn’t very stimulating. But we come from Vancouver, and are familiar with the Van Dusen, Nitobe, and Butchart gardens, and I have to say Hamilton is right up there with those. Every one of the themed gardens is exquisite; we particularly enjoyed the Indian version,... More 

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