When I travel I am a fan of free! Free attractions such as exhibits, gardens, museums, parks and fairs are a great addition to a budget travel itinerary. I love going to free local attractions that allow me to immerse myself in the culture around me without breaking the budget. The more free events you take in, the longer your travel dollar will last, which is a win-win situation. You get to travel longer and you are still enjoying local attractions.
Free gardens are a great place to stretch your legs while on a road trip
So when on a recent road trip throughout New Zealand we stumbled upon the Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton, I was definitely interested. And I was especially interested when I found out that this gem of a garden is FREE! Had we not been on a road trip, with places we needed to get to, I could have spent hours slowly perusing this huge, elaborate garden. If I lived in the area I would definitely pack a lunch and a book and make that my local peaceful afternoon getaway.
Themed gardens give you a taste of many different countries
New Zealand is the most stunningly gorgeous country I’ve ever been to, and its beauty is almost intoxicating. But it was fun to step into many different “countries” while wandering throughout the grounds of this enormous botanical garden. For a moment you feel as if you are in Italy or China or Japan.
The Italian garden
The American garden
The Indian garden
The Te Parapara Garden
The English Tudor garden
The Chinese Garden
The English Flower Garden
These pictures are just a small glimpse into the beautiful picturesque Hamilton Gardens. They are even prettier in person and I highly recommend a visit. Whether you are just stopping in for a quick visit to stretch your legs and take in some nature or whether you are looking for a place to spend the day picnicking and reading, either way the Hamilton Gardens are a great place to check out on your next visit to New Zealand.
Have you been to New Zealand? Did you have a chance to visit the Hamilton Gardens?