25 May 2024

Hamilton Gardens in top 1% globally, named ‘Best of the Best’

Hamilton Gardens has been named as one of the top 1% of travel experiences in the world by Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel platform.

Tripadvisor has recognised the Gardens as a 2023 Travelers’ Choice ‘Best of the Best’ award winner, ranking globally in the top 1% of listings. The awards honour travellers’ favourite destinations and things to do based on reviews and opinions collected over a 12-month period on Tripadvisor.

As well as being named ‘Best of the Best’ globally, Hamilton Gardens also ranks as one of the top three attractions in New Zealand, thanks to thousands of outstanding visitor reviews and ratings, with 98% of them rated as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good’. 

Hamilton Gardens
Hamilton Garden is in top 1% globally (Photo/NewsViews)

Paula Southgate, Mayor of Hamilton has expressed her delight for Hamilton Gardens to achieve this prestigious ranking and congratulated those associated with the Gardens.

“I am delighted that Hamilton Gardens has been named the Best of the Best in the 2023 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. This accolade is an incredible honour, and it confirms that as Hamiltonians, we should rightfully be proud of this exceptional venue,” says Mayor Southgate.

“Well done to the staff, our valued and dedicated volunteers, our community groups, and all others who consistently go above and beyond to keep Hamilton Gardens right up there with the world’s best.” 

Nicola Greenwell, Chief Executive at Hamilton & Waikato Tourism has congratulated Hamilton City Council.

“Fewer than 1% of Tripadvisor’s 8 million listings are awarded Best of the Best, so it signifies the highest level of excellence in travel. Hamilton Gardens is a huge asset for the region, as its beautiful gardens and unique concept attract people to visit again and again.” 

Ancient Egyptian Garden
Hamilton Garden attracts over 1.1 million visitors annually

Located alongside the Waikato River, Hamilton Gardens is a living museum of gardens from ancient Egypt to the 21st century. Each beautiful garden is a piece of history that celebrates the ideas and beliefs of its age.

With more than 1.1 million visitors a year the Hamilton Gardens is city’s number one tourist attraction. These numbers may go up with this new acclaim.

Entry to Hamilton Gardens is currently free for all visitors. But non-Hamiltonians will have to pay an entry fee of $20 from February next year.

Hamilton Gardens was first cultivated by Ngaati Wairere and is now tended by gardeners of Hamilton City Council. Since the 1980s a unique vision has been growing, and there is always something new to discover, uncover, and explore.   

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