Hamilton Gardens – Hamilton
- Truly unique
- Not to be missed
- Visit the cafe if you can but expect it will be busy on the weekends
Not to be missed are these stunning gardens, unlike anything in New Zealand if not the world. Each garden is built with theme in mind. Our personal favourite would be the the Italian garden but there are many to explore. Walk through the gardens and feel like you’re transported into another part of the world if not just for a moment in time.
Not to be missed if you’re in the area on a nice day.
Hamilton Gardens is a public garden park in the south of Hamilton owned and managed by Hamilton City Council in New Zealand. The 54-hectare park is based on the banks of the Waikato River and includes enclosed gardens, open lawns, a lake, a nursery, and a convention centre.
Rather than focusing on plant collections, at Hamilton Gardens the emphasis is on different types of garden design. Traditional botanic gardens concentrate on plant collections, conservation, research and education, while Hamilton Gardens has the unique concept of showcasing the cultural meaning and context of gardens over the past 4,000 years.
Throughout history, gardens have been a way of expressing the important philosophical ideas of their time. In some respects the story of gardens reflects the story of civilisation and attitudes to the natural world.
The collections of gardens at Hamilton Gardens explore the history, context and meaning of gardens. Each tells a story and offers an insight into a different civilisation.
Hamilton Gardens is located alongside an attractive stretch of the Waikato River, merging old landscape features with creative development and design. In its earlier history, the area was home to Ngaati Wairere chief Haanui, and was a centre of horticulture with crops along the riverside.