Government Gardens, Rotorua
(4.4/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
Enjoy the verdant grounds and historical architecture at Government Gardens, one of the city's most prominent public parks. Built on land given to the colonial government by the indigenous Maori population, the gardens contain numerous patches of colorful flowers, exotic palm trees, and native carvings. Marvel at the Rotorua Museum, formerly a bath house, which takes center stage in the gardens. You'll immediately notice its intricate Tudor-style construction, featuring a timbered design, several wings, and multiple spires adorning the roof. After wandering the gardens' many points of interest, including memorials, geothermal springs, and mini golf courses, you can kick back at the cafe in front of the museum. Use our Rotorua tourist route planner to add Government Gardens and other attractions to your Rotorua vacation plans.
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  • Thermal area should be seen not only the buildings and the beautiful part, but also, perhaps in the pool with hot thermal water bathing feet, what a lot of tourists and even locals do :). What but not forget is the smell after a bushel, which is on the site. If one is in Rotorua you should come.
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  • Broad took a walk in the Park toward the Museum after exploring the Lake Rotorua. Saw off the Museum building was nice. Is the best place to relax and are equipped with a variety of monuments.
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  • Grass and steam around the Rotorua Museum and as if a necklace of emeralds for building it were, are these well-tended gardens in the English style, a postcard with a perfect lawn space, abundant roses, steaming pools of hot springs (a wild, other domesticated), cricket and bowling fields, a golf course and one of the finest spas in all of the southern hemisphere. Many Aboriginal statues, Victorian and contemporary adorn this wonderful garden which is complemented by the ancient Blue Baths that since 1933 and in pure art deco style are responsible for putting that note of elegance as "british" in this area of the North Island. Although no doubt the real attraction that draws our attention away from the Museum, a beautiful building Tudor, which originally was an elegant retreat spas called Bath House, with its "special treatments" based on electric baths or the Bergonié Chair, a contraption that controlling and reducing obesity through electric shock, a precursor to the deadly Chair that is used today to execute those sentenced to death in the United States. I recommend attending the screening of a film that includes a volcano eruption and that is so realistic that it is recommended to children not come alone. If they don't want to spend so much panic, you can ask permission to wander a bit by the wonderful and restored interior of the Spa, which includes a museum maori carvings, textiles, displays of jade carving and multitude of tasteful objects gathered by collector Don Stafford. And for the more adventurous, you can climb to the roof.
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  • Interesting experience walking among the flower gardens and enjoying the unique Tudor style architecture with its Maori embellishments. Close to the lakeside. Plenty of parking.
  • Always a neat place to take people. Interesting facts. Must see tourist place.
  • Nice relaxing place to take a stroll. Very close to the main town. Easy access.
  • Awesome spot for photoshoot
  • Walking through these gardens is a nice break from the city that surrounds. Well worth taking the time and soaking in the visuals.