December 9, 2023


Time to travel

Travel Notes: Hamilton Gardens, NZ

A person of the most incredible gardens I feel I have at any time frequented is Hamilton Gardens in New Zealand. Located on the North Island, about 1.5 hrs South of Auckland, you will come across the most extraordinary, imaginative and resourceful gardens I have ever witnessed. A single working day, I will get back there.

My thoughts turned lately to my neighbors throughout the ditch with the storms. I have study that Hamilton is in cleanup mode, but I have not identified a lot on the gardens by themselves. I hope they were being not as well seriously broken. Mother Character can be a force.

The plain entrance hides mystery gardens.

Hamilton Gardens

At Hamilton Gardens, the target is on showcasing numerous varieties of yard design and their cultural importance, rather than solely accumulating vegetation. Compared with common botanic gardens that prioritize plant collections, conservation, investigate, and schooling, Hamilton Gardens presents a one of a kind thought of highlighting the historical and cultural context of gardens in excess of the past 4,000 yrs.

During historical past, gardens have served as a indicates of expressing essential philosophical thoughts of their time. In several strategies, the history of gardens reflects the story of civilization and attitudes toward the all-natural environment.

Hamilton Gardens’ assortment of gardens delves into the heritage, context, and importance of diverse types of gardens. Each and every back garden provides a story and delivers insight into a unique civilization.

A assortment of style and design spots

The gardens are broken up into unique regions, the Paradise Assortment being just a person of them. Of program, there are also extra standard regions, this kind of as the sustainable backyard, the Native gardens, and the herb and kitchen gardens. There are many walks and bushland parts, lawns, rose and camellia gardens and even a cemetery. Truthfully, it is also big to examine all in one working day and regrettably that’s all we experienced. So we did the Paradise and the Fantasy sections.

The Paradise Selection

Exploring these gardens is like studying paradise, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Modernist and Indian Char Bagh gardens. Each individual segment is totally enclosed and different from the other. It is like strolling by means of diverse nations around the world. Simply attractive.

The Fantasy Assortment

The surrealist Gardens have been not rather open when we frequented, but I feel they are now, the Tudor Backyard (imagine Alice in Wonderland), the Tropical Gardens, the Chinoiserie Back garden, the Mansfield Backyard (Imagine Katherine Masfield’s “The Back garden Party”), The Picturesque Back garden (Mozart’s “Magic Flute”). Thoroughly extraordinary and mesmerizing. The information and storytelling are compared with just about anything I have ever observed in a backyard right before.

What equipment to choose

At the time I only had a Sony 18-200mm lens with me, it is an APS-C lens so the images have been not total-measurement (digitally). Which is not a serious issue as I did not program on printing these billboard sizes. The 18mm gave me the potential to seize additional extensive-angled photographs and the 200mm gave me zoom capabilities. Supplied the option all over again, most likely my Tamron 28-75mm, my 70-300mm (equally total-frame) and my extension rings for some macro are what I would throw in my kit. I didn’t have a tripod possibly, but as it was these kinds of a attractive working day I hand-held all my photographs. I am also a minimal lazy and couldn’t be bothered to carry it all day. But it could have been a plus on a handful of photographs.

Going to the gardens

The gardens are open every working day of the 12 months (9 a.m. — 5 p.m.) and totally free of charge to wander at your leisure. There are parklands, playgrounds and cafes as effectively as general public amenities. It is also canine and smoke-free of charge with disability obtain to most areas. You can look at out much more about the gardens on their site. If you are at any time in the area, it is undoubtedly truly worth a check out. I took so numerous shots, but I really do not want to spoil the surprise if you ever get the possibility to take a look at.

Beware, dragons!
Beware, dragons!


  • Consider your time in these gardens, probably even give assumed to coming again a 2nd working day.
  • Use excellent cozy doing work shoes, as you will be accomplishing a whole lot of going for walks.
  • Do not forget about sunscreen and hats also!
  • Bringing a tripod can be advantageous, though not 100% essential Make your mind up irrespective of whether it’s well worth carrying for a full working day for a number of photos.
  • Provide your perception of journey and whimsy.