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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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Explore an enchanting world of secret gardens.

Transport yourself through...

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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Brilliant gardens

I'm amazed that these gardens are free to the public. So much work goes into the planning, design and upkeep! Had a great time wandering around the different themed gardens on a... read more

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Vancouver Island, British Columbia
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161 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I'm amazed that these gardens are free to the public. So much work goes into the planning, design and upkeep! Had a great time wandering around the different themed gardens on a sunny day.

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New Plymouth
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wow, Were taken to the gardens by a local I still cannot believe an attraction this good can be in Hamilton it would grace any city in the world. The variety of the gardens and cultures were fabulous to see and well worth stopping b for a few hours. The attraction is constantly upgrading and the variety in a small... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Do not miss. Outstanding gardens (particularly the Enclosed Gardens). Made our visit to Hamilton worthwhile. Definitely not to be missed.

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Masterton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This must be one of the best gardens to visit in the world with gardens from so many countries on display. Absolutely wonderful.

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Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

These gardens are one of the best we have seen for variety of different cultures. The gardeners need to take a lot of credit for the amount of work that must go into the preparation. At no cost to enter and they just ask for a donation, it's brilliant. We paid to do the river cruise and that to was... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful in all weather, a must do just to relax & unwind. Plenty of place for children to run & play. Great food & cafe. Beautiful setting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is my most favourite place to visit in Hamilton, at least once every season because there is always something different to see. My current part of the garden is the Tropical section that leads you through to the Tudor garden. Wheelchair friendly, ideally destination for a relaxing stroll and there are plenty of places to picnic, or you can... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Gardens were okay, but not great in our opinion. We did not see all parts of the garden though. Definitely needed more labelling of plants in order to increase the education value.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

OK, first of all if you're not into plants and gardens don't go then moan about it. Do something else. Personally, I found this to be a treasure in the midst of a fairly 20 years back in time back-drop of Hamilton - I don't mean Hamilton is bad or dull it's just not as far into the 21st century... More 

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Brigg, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Sunday night "Gourmet Gardens" in the beautiful Hamilton Gardens with large selection of local and international food, with live music, every Sunday evening up to 8pm. Great atmosphere, bring chairs or a rug for a great night for very little cost!

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