Government Gardens, Rotorua

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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. Take a look at our Rotorua road trip planning app to schedule your visit to Government Gardens and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • We visited this place in the spring of 2017 when waiting for Intercity bus. This is a nice place to walk around, especially it is close to I-site. The blossom is also beautiful.  more »
  • The gardens and surrounding building as are beautifully maintained and offer a glimpse into New Zealand's British history. The cricket lodges are particularly charming to see.  more »
  • The gardens are a nice place to just relax and stroll around. It has some interesting statues. The gardens lead down to the lake and also to a thermal area. It also has a variety of birds.  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.
  • Nice short walk. Always well maintained. Plenty of light for evening visits. Views of the museum. Close to town
  • Nice place to go for a walk or relax. Well kept gardens. Nice flowerbeds.
  • Nice walk around the lake but I did not see the mud pool.
  • 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.

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