Government Gardens, Rotorua

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Garden Historic Site
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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  • Probably a nice place in the summer but not much to see in winter. It is a bit creepy this time of year  more »
  • On the day that we visited the gardens they provided a pretty and peaceful haven from a bustling Rotorua. They are mix of colonial buildings, thermal pools and different styles of garden. There's plen...  more »
  • The beautiful govt gardens have some art sculptures and geothermal steam. It is very close to the visitor info centre, Arts Gallery and Rotorua museum. We also Freedom camped here in its parking lot, ...  more »
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  • An amazing place next to Lake Rotorua. Beautiful gardens and play areas for kids. Plenty of parking space and also has Event Place. The lake is beautiful and has beautiful view and so many birds.
  • Great place to roam around. Beautiful gardens and bowling greens make this a tranquil spot. Enjoy high tea or scones up in The Social baths building and wander through the geothermal edge of the park along the lake. A relaxing day out even with the museum currently closed.
  • Great place for an evening stroll. Quiet, empty, beautiful.
  • Very beautiful place! Most go!
  • Awesome such a nice place to come to.

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Rotorua has a range of different accommodations, mainly centered around the lake itself. In this downtown area you will find luxury hotels and hostels, many benefitting from good views of the surrounding scenery. Farther out of the town, comfortable motels offer those with a car a good option for setting up a base from which to explore the area. Campers and others wanting to enjoy the outdoors as soon as possible can opt for campsites and RV parks, all best accessed by car or taxi.
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