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Graham Island

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  • Day66

    Hamilton Gardens

    February 14 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Happy Valentine’s Day to all of us in NZ. And Happy Valentine’s Day to those of you at home!

    The weather here continues to be great. Hot, but not humid, so it has been nice. We do have to be super careful as the sun is intense and it is easy to burn here. That’s why we are going to continue searching for a good hat for Chris, or stay out of the sun!

    Chris, Donna and I were itching to go back to the Hamilton Gardens, so we made a plan for the day.

    1. The Gardens in the morning
    2. Hat hunting
    3.Kayak ride down the Waikato River with three families at 4:30 p.m.

    The gardens in Hamilton are about a 1/2 hour drive from where we are staying and there is no charge for entry. It is a beautiful place. Rather than focusing on plant collections, the emphasis is on different types of garden design.

    The people who created the gardens wanted to showcase “the cultural meaning and context of gardens over the past 4,000 years”. It was interesting to see how the culture of a time can be seen through the gardens of the time, or how the attitudes towards nature were viewed.

    The first development of the gardens began in the early 1960s at what was then the city's waste disposal site. It had been a The first garden that was built was the Rogers Rose Garden which was opened in 1971. It was an attempt to block highway development over the site. The property is on a lovely piece of land on the banks of the Waitako River. Someone, I am not sure who, had a great vision. Since 1982 many newly developed areas have been opened to the public.

    I am not going to list all the enclosed gardens that we went into but some were incredible - Chinese, Indian with a mini Taj Mahal, a herb garden, a Mansfield garden based on the short story ‘The Garden Party’ by NZ writer Katherine Mansfield, and a brand new Surrealist Garden with strange forms.

    Diane and Claude, you would love it!!

    We stopped for a cup of tea and a scone in the cafe overlooking a peaceful pond before heading into town to check it out and look for a hat.

    As we rounded a corner, we bumped into a life-sized statue of the Rocky Horror Picture Show creator and Hamilton native , Richard O’Brien dressed as Riff Raff. We had a Time Warp moment.

    No hat to be found but we did enjoy our town walk. The river runs right through town but it is somewhat hidden. Work has been started to make a riverside trail. It was is a good idea, as it is a lovely river.

    More about the second part of our day in the next footprint.
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  • Day8

    Hamilton gardens

    February 1 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We had plans to do a lunchtime river cruise with kiwi bbq but Florence had not slept and was miserable and we didn't want to be those people on a boat for 90 minutes, or stress ourselves out worrying about her behaviour. Turns out today, love looks a lot like naps in shady parking lots and reading and writing in silence.Read more

  • Day18

    Hamilton Gardens and Waikato River

    November 14, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    We went to stay with some of my dad's friends in Hamilton. They were very kind to let us stay. Our dad's friend's name is Tze-Vun , his wife is Kimberly, his two daughters are Mia and Rose and his son is Ollie. We went to a lot of amazing places. In Hamilton Gardens there is a playground and paths. First we walked next to the Waikato river, which I did for my homework when we were writing about rivers. We then took the path to the gardens and played in the playground. There was a pixie house and when you looked through the windows there was mini furniture. We tried to look through the top window so we climbed onto the roof. It was so much fun. There was also a stage, so we made up shows. Then we walked back to our friends' house.Read more

  • Day13

    Hamilton Gardens

    March 15, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    So pretty.

    In the 1960s this site was nothing more than a rubbish dump, today it is over 40 hectares of public gardens. In the 1980s the city designed these gardens to tell the story of garden design from a cultural and historical point of view.

    There are hundreds more photos we took... I can only add six photos. So you miss out on the rose garden and the general amazing variety of flora.
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  • Day127

    Victorian Flower Garden

    January 16, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Tropical House & Succulent House

  • Day95

    Hamilton Gardens

    March 1 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Hamilton stand nicht auf unserer Bucketlist, lag aber auf dem Weg. Also hielten wir an. Eine schöne öffentlich zugängliche Parkanlage soll es hier geben. Zu unserer Überraschung ist diese wirklich groß. Der Garten ist nach verschiedenen Stilen, Regionen und Epochen in viele Abschnitte eingeteilt. So gelangt man mit wenigen Schritten von einem klassisch englischen Garten in asiatische, indische oder surreale Gärten, die schlagartig einen neuen Blickwinkel bieten. Qualitativ sind manche Gartenabschnitte etwas lieblos in der Nachbildung historischer Gebäude. Wir verbringen ein paar Stunden im surrealen Garten, der irgendwie lustig ist, da man sich wie Alice im Wunderland fühlt und genießen zudem die Livemusik vor Ort bevor es weiter geht.Read more

  • Day82

    Hamilton

    April 28, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Die Stadt Hamilton hat nicht so viel zu bieten. Wir sind nur einmal die Fußgängerzone rauf und runter und dann in die Hamilton Gardens. Die Gärten haben uns echt gut gefallen.

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