Hamilton Gardens

sights / Parks & gardens

Hamilton Gardens information

Location
Hamilton , New Zealand
Address
Cobham Dr
Telephone
+64 7 838 6782
More information
www.hamiltongardens.co.nz
Prices
guided tour adult/child $15/8
Opening hours
enclosed gardens 7.30am-5pm, info centre 9am-5pm, guided tours 11am Sep-Apr
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Spread over 50 hectares southeast of the city centre, Hamilton Gardens incorporates a large park, cafe, restaurant and extravagant themed enclosed gardens. There are separate Italian Renaissance, Chinese, Japanese, English, American and Indian gardens complete with colonnades, pagodas and a mini Taj Mahal. Equally interesting are the sustainable Productive Garden Collection, fragrant herb garden and precolonisation Māori Te Parapara garden. Look for the impressive Nga Uri O Hinetuparimaunga (Earth Blanket) sculpture at the main gates.

Recent additions include a Tudor-style garden and a tropical garden with more than 200 different warm climate species. Booking ahead for the guided tours is recommended.