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Hamilton Gardens

From the peaceful Japanese Zen Garden to the explosion of color in the Indian Char Bagh Garden, anyone who loves nature will enjoy this man-made paradise.

A stroll through the Hamilton Garden’s Paradise Collection is a journey through three different continents, taking in some of the world’s most diverse gardening traditions.

Although it’s just one section within Hamilton Garden’s 140 acres (58 hectares) of space,the Paradise Collection is by far the most popular. Other collections include local plants, a perfume garden and roses.

The curving water features in the American Modernist Garden make a striking contrast with the classical feel in the Italian Renaissance Garden, where ornate statues of mythical figures watch over ordered rows of neatly shaped shrubs.

Wander through the English Flower Garden, with its box hedges and weathered brick paths. One of the earliest examples of garden design is in the Chinese Scholars Garden.

The most educational of the other sections in the Hamilton Gardens is the Productive Collection, which features a working kitchen garden as well as an example of how the average family can make their own garden sustainable.

This collection also holds the impressive Te Parapara, the country’s first dedicated public Māori garden. It showcases plants that are culturally and agriculturally significant to the native people of New Zealand and describes techniques they use.

Find a perfume garden, complete with Chinese Pavilion, in the Fantasy Collection and head to the Cultivar Collection to see a stunning rose garden and rhododendron lawn.

In the center of the gardens, The Pavilion is home to the Hamilton Gardens Café where you can buy a range of snacks and meals. Stop here to enjoy an open-air lunch amid the floral displays.

Take a self-guided tour with the map you can download from the Hamilton Gardens website. For a different view of the gardens, jump on board the Waikato River Explorer, which departs from the gardens. The 90-minute cruise is very scenic, especially in the fall.

The Hamilton Gardens are close to downtown, free to enter and open daily. There are regular events, and any day of the year you can enjoy a picnic lunch with family or friends

Popular Activities at Hamilton Gardens

Make the most of your visit to Hamilton Gardens. Here is a list of some of the top activities:

Want to discover this famous attraction in the best possible way? Then you must try out a Guided Tour of Hamilton Gardens.

Examine our Hamilton things to do page to discover many more activities in the area.


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VR Hamilton $50
Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019
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VR Hamilton

VR Hamilton

237 Victoria Street, Hamilton
     
    3.6 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Large rooms and value for money in an excellent city location

    Novotel Tainui Hamilton $102
    Reviewed on Jun 16, 2019
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    Novotel Tainui Hamilton

    Novotel Tainui Hamilton

    7 Alma Street, Hamilton
       
      4.4 of 5
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Loved the breakfast. Room could do with a bit of an update but overall a very pleasantly stay.

      Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton $83
      Reviewed on Jun 3, 2019
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      Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton

      Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton

      23 Clarence Street, Hamilton
         
        4.2 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        It was good n spacious n clean but not worth the money we paid it would have been easier if we had a microwave in our room especially when we had a baby n needed to warm up the milk n had to run to lunch room throughout the night

        Holiday Homes on Grey St
        Reviewed on Aug 2, 2017
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        Holiday Homes on Grey St

        Holiday Homes on Grey St

        78-80 Grey Street, Hamilton
           
          2.7 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Good location, and comfortable beds, but that's where it ended. Place was poorly cleaned, rooms cold despite heat pump. Follow up service was good when I made property managers aware of issues. But trip away tainted.

          Villa on Grey Street
          Villa on Grey Street

          Villa on Grey Street

          80 Grey Street, Hamilton East, Hamilton
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Hamilton East, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Southern Cross Hospital and Hamilton Gardens. SkyCity Hamilton is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) away.

            Days Hotel & Suites Hamilton $66
            Reviewed on May 26, 2019
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            Days Hotel & Suites Hamilton

            Days Hotel & Suites Hamilton

            287 Victoria Street, Hamilton
               
              3.8 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Like - Location & parking Will be even better when refurb of ground floor is complete

              Albert Court Motor Lodge $87
              Reviewed on Mar 3, 2019
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              Albert Court Motor Lodge

              Albert Court Motor Lodge

              29 Albert Street, Hamilton
                 
                4.8 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                It was nice and clean. It was nice and clean it was nice and clean

                Villa on Nixon St
                Reviewed on May 27, 2019
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                Villa on Nixon St

                Villa on Nixon St

                90 Nixon Street, Hamilton
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Property suited our family of 6. On the flat so handy for our mum.Only downside is only one bathroom but otherwise very comfortable.