Hamilton's Surrealist Garden. © Hamilton & Waikato Tourism

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At Hamilton Gardens you can have a real-life Alice in Wonderland experience. 

A recent addition to the gardens’ fantasy collection, the Surrealist Garden, which opened in early 2020, is a journey into the unexpected. 

With giant-sized paving curling dramatically at the edge of a manicured lawn, an oversized garden gate and topiary trimmed into biomorphic shapes known as ‘the trons,’ it’s like walking through a strange dream. 

Based on the Surrealist movement made popular by artists 100 years ago, the garden plays with scale, distortion and elements that are either out of place or unnerving. 

In the Surrealist Garden, dwarfed by garden tools and other features five times their normal size, you’ll feel like you’ve wandered into another world. 

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