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“Strange what people think are art.!!” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Sculpture Park @ Waitakaruru Arboretum

The Sculpture Park @ Waitakaruru Arboretum
Ranked #25 of 62 things to do in Hamilton
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Owner description: 17.5 hectare (42 acre) Sculpture Park that has three new sculpture exhibitions a year along its 2 kilometre nature trail. The Park is open every day from 10 am until sunset. The sculptures and site-specific installations are made by New Zealand artists or overseas artists visiting NZ.
Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
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40 reviews
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“Strange what people think are art.!!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

This is a fairly small park set in an old quarry. They have done a lot of work establishing trees and water feature but the entry fee of $15 per adult is a bit high. The people running it are very friendly and helpful. We didn't use the cafe but she chatted to us before we went on the walk. As said by another reviewer, it is not suitable for the less mobile. There are a couple of very steep steps up and down and a lot of the walks are on gravel.
We obviously don't get 'art'. One exhibition was 3 white sheets tied around 3 trees with holes cut in for Halloween. Price on Application for that one and I bet it didn't include the trees.!! But some stunning sculptures that would suit some of the huge homes in the Hamilton area. So interesting if you are interested in the arts but I thought the ArtsPost Galleries and Shops in Hamilton was better and it was free.!!

Visited January 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Lovely gardens with interesting sculpture”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

We broke our trip up driving from Auckland to Rotorua on impulse when we saw the road sign and decided it would be great to stretch our legs in an interesting environment.

I love sculpture gardens, Goodwood Sculpture Park being one of my favorite places. The Sculpture Park provides a beautiful setting for the works on display. John and Dorothy are clearly accomplished gardeners and designers. The sculptures themselves change and taste is of course subjective, so I see no value in commenting on the works, other than to say some were excellent, and some not so.

For me, my wife and two kids, the gardens were worth it on a standalone basis. Any organisation that offers a way to see art in such a well maintained setting is worth of the price of admission. The cafe is a bit of an afterthought but that wasn't what we were there for. Another reviewer here suggests taking a picnic, which we will do next time for sure.

Keep in mind that it is a trail, involving stairs and a metal road so if you require special assistance, you may find yourself only exploring the lower levels.

Visited December 2012
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Warkworth, New Zealand
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“average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

not designed for handicapped people or non walkers. Long walk, steep in parts.Cafe did not provide a wide variety of food and the service was just okay.

Visited November 2012
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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“Cafe”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

Have been around the sculpture park before and enjoyed it. This time decided not to go because the price of entry was too steep in my opinion. NO concessions available. The food at the cafe was good. A decent ploughmans lunch for a change. Nice spot for a cafe stop and some free sculpture viewing. Expensive for families.

Visited November 2012
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Matamata, New Zealand
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“ROMANTIC PICNIC”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

Had a romantic unique picnic there. Great to walk around eat or even get married out. Get out and go see it!

Visited December 2011
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