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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  • DIdn't want to pay the admission to the museum so we walked around the grounds instead. The sculpture park is very small but the walk to the sulfur beds was amazing. Looked like the surface of the moo...  more »
  • Museum is closed for a short time until next year. A great place to visit and enjoy the NZ culture and hisory. A must visit for children especially the movie show 
  • On the edge of the lake, it has lovely rose gardens some sculptures and there is an exhibition building. 
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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.