Winter is our quiet time and so Greg and I like to get away for a few days and explore places that we can send our guests to. We had often heard people say that the Hamilton Gardens are good but had never realised quite how good they are. It is 1 hour and 42 minutes drive from Kaimai Country Lodge so very doable in a day from the Lodge.
The gardens are really awesome and we were seeing them in winter so they must be spectacular in spring and summer. Set on the banks of the Waikato River the gardens are very close to the centre of Hamilton City and very accessible.
There are lots of different gardens all with different themes. There is the Tudor Garden, The Italian Garden, The Indian Garden, The English Garden, The Maori Garden complete with carved food store houses on stilts. There is a Chinese Garden, A Japanese Garden, A sustainable Garden, The Contemporary Garden, A very large vegetable Garden, Herb Garden and Medicinal Garden. There is also a walk along the Waikato River which we alas didn't have time to do but will definitely be back in the summer to do the walk and see the gardens at their peak.
We have been to many different gardens around the world including Kew Gardens and The Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island and these gardens are right up there with the best in the world. Not to be missed. There is lots to do and see on the way there and back. It would be good to combine it with a trip to Hobbiton, The Kaimai Cheese Factory, Te Aroha Hot Pools or a walk in the Karangahake Gorge.