Hamilton Gardens from Auckland
Join us on a visit to Hamilton Gardens from Auckland, located alongside an attractive stretch of the Waikato River. This is truly a remarkable destination and has an extensive area of featured gardens to suit all interests. Our visit includes a 75 minute guided tour by an expert guide, then time for lunch at the on-site cafe [at your own cost] followed by some free time for you to wander the gardens at your leisure, before we depart back to Auckland.
The gardens merge old landscape features with many new creative developments and designs. In its earlier history, the area was home to Ngaati Wairere chief Haanui, and was a centre of horticulture with crops along the riverside.
Today the Gardens are owned and managed by Hamilton City Council with support from the local community, they were started in the 1950s, when the Hamilton Beautifying Society lobbied for a public garden. The design of the first area was, and still is, planted in the gardenesque tradition with specimen trees and flower beds set in flat lawns.
Over the past forty years Hamilton Gardens has been transformed into a world class garden, through a massive and sustained community effort. At all seasons of the year there are interesting areas to explore, though you may want to schedule more than the one visit to see the impact the seasons bring to each garden.