21. New Zealand Cambridge Gardens visited 2005:12:09

Hamilton Gardens occupy a riverside setting on the south of Hamilton Town.

They are quite extensive, and together with riverside walks make a good half day walking

This is a good base to go and see the Waitomo glowworm caves. The glowworms are beautiful seen from a silent boat in the darkness. There is a path opposite the entrance that leads up to this viewpoint. ( No photos are allowed inside the caves )

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The Japanese Garden

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The Japanese garden captures the quiet contemplation of a young visitor

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The English garden captures the essence of a Jekyll garden but lacks the exuberance and density of planting.

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There are a series of small gardens, some excellent, which illustrate gardens from around the world. (Some are still under construction, others looked a little neglected )

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The Chinese garden has a magnificant gateway

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and the turtle occupies a vantage point over the rive

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The Italian garden captures the formal style well

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The rose gardens in particular are quite stunning when in full bloom.

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Well worth visiting

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