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Hamilton Gardens

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Address: Hungerford Crescent | SH1 (Off Cobham Drive), 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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This is an amazing place to get the kids out and walking even in winter. Take a picnic and choose where to have it - lots of places to choose from. Came across the Fantasy... read more

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Rotorua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an amazing place to get the kids out and walking even in winter. Take a picnic and choose where to have it - lots of places to choose from. Came across the Fantasy gardens by accident as we have always gone straight to the Paradise gardens in the past. Can't wait to see the Fantasy gardens complete. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The very beautiful and amazing place. It was enjoy trip.The best place in Hamilton.The Garden was excellent. I want visited again.

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Pukekohe, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stopped for a refreshing ice coffee and cake before walking around the gardens. A lovely view from our table overlooking the water.

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hamilton gardens has so much to offer, from a simple walk with the dogs, to the formal gardens, which change with the seasons giving you something new to see each time you visit. The regular events add another layer of interest and their events are well advertis. My only disappointment is their on site cafe, which is woefully inadequate, in... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited the garden during winter and it was still a good visit. During the colder months it is best to visit the gardens that dont have many flowers like the Chinese or Japanese garden which were both very impressive to look at. This place has so many areas to visit that you could definitely get lost wandering around and... More 

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Katikati, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Plenty of lovely walks in a wonderful setting. A MUST-SEE when in Hamilton. Obviously, a Spring/Summer time visit is better than a Winter one but still a very worthwhile trip with lots to see... In fact several visits would be required to do it justice.

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Loved visiting these amazing gardens. You can visit so many countries in a day! All the family enjoyed wandering around and discovering what was around the corner. Looking forward to discovereing more next visit.

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

This the place you go to relax, think or just enjoy the sights. The gardens are steeped in history and majestic garden art. There are plenty of things to see and do here. Great for the whole family, young and old.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The kids loved going from garden to garden. The youngest loved dipping their hands in the fountains and pools. The older ones loved the Chinese gardens the best. However no name tags for plants except for home/backyard garden.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were wowed by the gardens when we came 5 years ago, and were equally impressed this visit. Loved the new Tudor garden and had a great couple of hours here - even the rain didn't put us off. This was a real highlight of our break in Hamilton.

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