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Hamilton Gardens Named World’s Best Again: Tripadvisor

Courtesy: Hamilton City Council/Tripadvisor

Hamilton Gardens has done it again, securing a spot in the top 1% of global attractions according to Tripadvisor. This accolade follows a record-breaking year, with over 500,000 visitors exploring the Enclosed Gardens in the past 12 months.

Tripadvisor's 'Travellers’ Choice Awards: Best of the Best for 2024' is the pinnacle of recognition from the world's largest travel review platform.

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Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate expressed her excitement over the repeat honour. "It's no shocker—Hamiltonians already know how fantastic our gardens are. With the new visitor centre on the horizon, the experience will only get better," said Southgate according to Hamilton City Council. She credited the gardens' success to Dr. Peter Sergel's vision and the dedication of the Hamilton Gardens team, whose passion and hard work have garnered nearly 3,000 5-star Tripadvisor reviews.

Reflecting on her own experiences, Southgate recalled, "My kids loved exploring the bamboo hideaways in the Chinese garden. My personal favourite is the tropical garden—it’s like stepping into another world."

The 2023/24 financial year saw a record 537,584 visitors to the Enclosed Gardens, surpassing the 2020/21 peak by over 1,000.

Hamilton Gardens' signature feature, the Enclosed Gardens, comprises 18 themed gardens that delve into the history and significance of gardens worldwide. Beyond this, visitors can stroll among rhododendrons, spot fish in Turtle Lake, enjoy a picnic among roses, or play in the destination playground.

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism Chief Executive Nicola Greenwell echoed the praise, calling Hamilton Gardens a "hero attraction" for the region. "The unique gardens draw people back time and again, creating unforgettable experiences that visitors eagerly share with friends, family, and the world," said Greenwell.

The Tripadvisor awards celebrate travellers' top destinations and activities based on a year's worth of reviews and opinions.

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