Appreciate the Delights of the Hamilton Gardens

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Whether you have 30mins or three hours, make sure you visit the Hamilton Gardens

Pick up a Hamilton Gardens Map and Visitor Guide from the information centre.

Appreciate the Delights of the Hamilton Gardens
Appreciate the Delights of the Hamilton Gardens

The enclosed gardens include; Paradise Collection, Productive Collection, Fantasy Collection, Cultivar Collection, and Landscape Collection.  With a different theme in each garden makes them more interesting.  We try and visit every couple of years as we know that the gardens would have changed.

One of our favourite gardens is the Japanese Garden of Contemplation.  Another favourite is the Chinese Scholars’ Garden.

Chinese Scholars' Garden
Chinese Scholars’ Garden

Waikato Institute of Technology Students maintain the kitchen garden.  The harvested vegetables are provided to a local non-profit food organisation.

Scarecrow Statue Guarding the Vegetable Garden
Scarecrow Statue Guarding the Vegetable Garden

Currently the gardens has FREE entry.  The Hamilton City Council are proposing to introduce a fee of $10 to non-locals.  We still think this is good value for money if it goes ahead.  The fee will only be for the enclosed gardens.  The rest of the Hamilton Gardens will still be for free.

The Hamilton Gardens area also include the Governor’s Lawn, Rogers Rose Garden, Rhododendron Lawn, Hammond Camellia Garden as well as Turtle Lake.  The Hamilton Gardens Cafe make a lovely cup of coffee when you’re ready for a rest.  Alternatively, find a nice picnic spot if you’ve brought your own lunch.  Also near the carpark is the river jetty if you decide to go for a cruise.

Turtle Lake, Hamilton Gardens
Turtle Lake, Hamilton Gardens

If you have time, walk all around the gardens and park.  It’s a large area, however most is on the flat so not much in the way of hilly climbs.  The Hamilton East Cemetery is also located nearby.  Some of the first settlers to Hamilton are buried at this cemetery.  You can download their Heritage Walk brochure here if you’re interested.

Hamilton Gardens are worth the visit.  There are less visitors there during the week so is a good time to visit.

To watch our photo video of the Gardens click here. Our other Hamilton blogs to read are Experience All That Hamilton Has To Offer and Explore the Beautiful Taitua Arboretum.


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