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A fun, beautiful, and free place to visit while in my hometown, are the Hamilton Gardens. Development began in the early 1960’s, which was the city’s waste disposal site at that time (Wikipedia).

This lovely spot is situated alongside the Waikato river, and was actually the venue of our rehearsal dinner. Not usually part of a wedding in New Zealand, we loved the idea of the American tradition, and brought our families and friends together at the Hamilton Gardens Cafe on the shores of Turtle Lake.

The Gardens are fascinating, one outdoor room leading into another, each with a unique theme.

hamilton gardens tiki

Italian Renaissance Garden

Italian Renaissance Garden