19 July 2024

Hamilton Gardens wins Tripadvisor’s ‘Best of the Best 2024’ global award again

Hamilton Gardens has once again been named as the ‘Best of the Best’ for the second successive year by Tripadvisor.

Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards ‘Best of the Best for 2024’ is the highest level of award presented by the world’s largest travel review platform. The awards honour travellers’ favourite destinations and things to do based on reviews and opinions collected over a 12-month period on Tripadvisor.

Hamilton Gardens ranks in top 1% of things to do globally

Hamilton Gardens secured this international honour – the top 1% of things to do in the world by Tripadvisor,  in 2023 also.

A record number of 537,584 people visited the Enclosed Gardens in the financial year 2023-24- more than 1000 additional visitors in the same period the previous year. 

This repeat award did not come as a surprise to Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate.  

“Of course, it’s no surprise – all Hamiltonians know how amazing our gardens are. Once the new visitor centre opens, it will be even better,” Mayor Southgate said. 

“Our wonderful gardens are thanks to the vision of Dr Peter Sergel, as well as the team at Hamilton Gardens who put a lot of passion, skill and hard work into creating a great experience for our visitors. We also love to see that effort recognised in the almost 3000 5-star Tripadvisor reviews.” 

Hamilton Gardens’ most well-known feature is its Enclosed Gardens – a series of 18 conceptual gardens exploring the history and meaning of gardens from different times and places in the world.   

And it’s not just the Enclosed Gardens that attracts large numbers to Hamilton Gardens. Visitors can walk amongst rhododendrons, spot fish in Turtle Lake by the waterfall, enjoy a picnic among the roses, or play on the Garden’s destination playground. 

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism Chief Executive Nicola Greenwell echoed the international praise received by Hamilton Gardens. 

“Hamilton Gardens is a hero attraction for the region – the beautiful gardens and unique concept attract people to visit again and again. Local, domestic and international visitors seem to agree – they’re creating such memorable experiences they’re willing to tell their friends, family and the world.” 

Volunteers of Friends of Hamilton Gardens -a charity group also play an essential role in enriching the gardens through their time, skills, support and fundraising.

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