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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 14 Attractions 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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Penarth, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
39 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

These gardens were so good that I visited them twice during my stay in Hamilton. Sadly, I just missed the opening of the new Tudor garden, but there was plenty to see. I would recommend setting aside at least an afternoon for the visit as there is so much to see. There are several lovely themed enclosed gardens, I particularly... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Staff friendly, willing to help and guide, very tidy, easy to navigate around. Carving not far from the entrance is a must see, fabulous

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

What fabulous gardens! We can easily see why the international judges rated it Best Gardens 2014. Loved the kitchen gardens, the less-formal-than-normal rose gardens, the specialty gardens. The permaculture and vege gardens were a particular fav! Will definitely visit again. A must to enjoy while in Hamilton - and free too!

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47 reviews 47 reviews
33 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This was a place I'd driven past many times in my youth. However, when I finally entered, I was stunned by the variety and and the meticulous attention to detail. The themed Italian garden overlooking the Waikato River is a favourite, but there are many many highlights, so take your pick! The lake is a fabulous spot for a picnic... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Everyone tells stories of here and boy is it worth the visit. The entire grounds are free, cafe, culturally themed gardens, just wow. Picnic is always fun in summer (as a local, it's one of my favourite spots). If you want to show some city pride, Hamilton's best free attraction is all natural! Pram/Push chair friendly. Suitable for wheelchairs. Translations... More 

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Kaitaia, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Beautiful and serene. awesome place to go for a picnic or take your tea and relax as the sun goes down. each gateway takes you to a new world.

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Coromandel Valley, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We just love these gardens and were not disappointed on our third visit. Some of the attractions had changed since last time. We did get lost at one stage despite having the map!

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London, United Kingdom
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Visiting family in Hamilton we decided to visit their gardens after all Hamilton is called the garden city. The park is large and divided into two main sections. By the entrance gate there are many gardens dedicated to countries around the world, English, Japanese, Chinese and Indian and all are very peaceful and tranquil. However, my wife who is a... More 

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Vancouver
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

The presence of a drone taking overhead photographs, accompanied by an arrogant "director" really diminished the experience. A serene Japanese garden is hardly that when an intrusive overhead drone is overhead. On a Saturday, when the garden is full of tourists? Other than that, there are some lovely compartments, a well-though out layout. The roses are exceptional. Restaurant, pretty good.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

These gardens are suitable for all ages, kids love the water features and it has something for everyone else. I especially like the Indian garden.

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