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“Specialist gardens”
Review of Hamilton Gardens

Hamilton Gardens
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Hamilton Gardens Guided Tour
Ranked #1 of 64 things to do in Hamilton
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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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“Specialist gardens”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

Well worth a visit, a series of small gardens - Chinese Japanese, Italian, as well as back yard and sustainable and they are developing more. Each garden is unique and all re beautifully designed planted and managed. The cafe has excellent coffee too.........

Visited February 2013
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Czech first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Hamilton, New Zealand
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15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Wow, Wow an d Wow”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

Have been to the gardens for a few weddings, craft fairs etc but taking the grandchildren along to the Teddy Bears picnic was awesome. It did out price a few families but that is the fault of commercialism these days. The gardens are very well done and there are many relaxing spots to just sit and ponder the day.

Visited February 2013
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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40 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“What a place and FREE!!”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

So impressed! Went to the info centre expecting to have to buy an entry ticket and it was free. The Themed Gardens were a real treat and took so much longer to stroll than it appeared on paper. These normally close at 6pm but if there is an event in one of them in the evening as when we visited then they are closed at 5pm. The rest of Hamilton Gardens is open 24/7! The cafe with terrace overlooking the lake is superb. Nothing too much trouble for the staff even though when we ate it was early evening and they were preparing for an even later that evening. The food was wonderful, coffee really good. Wish we could visit again and 'do' more of the gardens but we leave for the UK in a day or two and have more places to see before we go.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank Jan G
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
“Nice place to spend the day...”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

We enjoy going here as a family, the kids love exploring all the different gardens. Ideal place to take a picnic.

Visited July 2012
Thank Jacqui997
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Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Lovely place”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

We have visited the gardens three times and it always has something new. There is so much to see. This time we found lots of gardens we missed before on the far side of the lake. We had lovely coffee and icecream in the cafe. There is an amazing wood carving in the building opposite the cafe. We walked back into Hamilton along the river. A really good family day out.

Visited January 2013
Thank Lynda G
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