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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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Waterford, Ireland
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210 reviews 210 reviews
80 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Hamilton Gardens is worth spending a few hours exploring. With ample car parking and a good information desk we arrived just in time for the 2:30 river cruise. After that around 4pm we took some time to explore the styled gardens such as Japanese, Chinese, English, Maori and Indian gardens. The other areas were very well manicured even for winter.... More

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Rome, New York
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88 reviews 88 reviews
20 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Very well maintained even in the winter. Love to return when it's in full bloom. Loved all the work that has been put into the venue.

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Brisbane, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I have been to a great many places in my time but Hamilton Gardens has to make the top 10 list. The gardens are simply amazing and not just because of the pretty flowers or green trees. Numerous regions have been recreated in these gardens and will amazing accuracy, I truly felt as though I had stepped into a Japanese... More

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Birmingham
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Well worth a visit no matter what time of year, however Summer would perhaps be the best time. Expected to spend an hour at this venue but stayed for about 3 hours enjoying all that we saw. Lots of fascinating gardens.

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Sydney, Australia
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6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Allow enough time to see the whole garden. Italian, Chinese, East Indian, Japanese beautiful gardens.

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Melbourne, Australia
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21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We spent three hours here looking at the different gardens, and didn't look at them all. They cover a wide range of styles and eras and are best enjoyed at a leasurely pace. Parking is free and during the week is fairly quiet.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The green goodness takes you over. Retreat to nature. Take in some oxygen. It can't be bad for you. Creatively done. Different garden types for worlds countries. Relaxing and good for you. Take some time to get away and enjoy. A free activity all the family or just a few will enjoy escaping to.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Something to please any gardener and non gardener. No matter what time of the year or time of day you go, make sure you give yourself a couple of hours at least just to walk around all the difference gardens. So much work has gone into them and they really are a surprise. Whether with friends or family the Hamilton... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A really beautiful place! Extremely family friendly with lots for all to see. Some really cool and unique garden styles and information. If you like to take the time and look at everything and take photos along the way then plan for 3+ hours. Otherwise 2-3 hours will be sufficient. There is a food available for purchase but strongly suggest... More

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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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24 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Unfortunately, time didn't permit us to see much of the gardens themselves, but we enjoyed feeding the ducks on the lake and looked in wonder at the pagoda as we travelled down the river. After our boat trip we enjoyed browsing around the antique fair which was being held in the grounds. It all appeared to be very well planned... More

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