Hamilton Gardens, New Zealand

Posted On: Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
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During a recent visit to New Zealand we made time for a trip to Hamilton Gardens. These brilliant gardens are nestled against the banks of the Waikato river in the university town of Hamilton in the north island. They spread over 54 hectares and are extremely well maintained by Hamilton Council.

As you’d expect in any public park there are sweeping lawns, majestic trees and paths leading everywhere but Hamilton Gardens has something else to offer. It contains an extraordinary collection of themed gardens which are cleverly woven together in a way that delights and enchants as you make your way through each space.

Hamilton Gardens have won multiple awards (including International Garden of the Year in 2014) and should definitely be included in your sightseeing when visiting New Zealand. Anyway enough waffling on, let the photos speak for themselves!  Click on them to make them larger.

Italian Renaissance Garden

Italian Renaissance Garden

Italian Renaissance walkway

Italian Renaissance walkway

Enormous Kitchen Garden with distinctive purple shiso growing at the front

Enormous Kitchen Garden with distinctive purple shiso growing at the front

The Te Parapara Garden is a traditional Maori veggie garden - this one has sweet potatoes growing

The Te Parapara Garden is a traditional Maori veggie garden – this one has sweet potatoes growing

Lovely background planting in the Modernist Garden

Lovely background planting in the Modernist Garden

Modernist Garden with funky pool sculpture

Modernist Garden with funky pool sculpture

Chinoiserie Garden

Chinoiserie Garden

Japanese Garden of Contemplation

Japanese Garden of Contemplation

Tropical Garden

Tropical Garden

English Flower Garden

English Flower Garden

Chinese Scholar’s Garden

Chinese Scholar’s Garden

Tudor Garden

Tudor Garden

Victorian Flower Garden - flower display

Victorian Flower Garden – flower display

Victorian Flower Garden - tropical display

Victorian Flower Garden – tropical display

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Hamilton Gardens