Government Gardens, Rotorua

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Garden · Hidden Gem · 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. Our Rotorua road trip planning app makes visiting Government Gardens and other Rotorua attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Always a pleasure when in Rotorua to spend a few minutes wandering around this area. Some interesting buildings, nice plantings and a pleasant fish pond. On a warm, sunny day a real joy.  more »
  • Not what I had expected. The art around is very disappointing. Was expecting carvings and some impressive statues and Maori works to be in the gardens. The art was weird and really didnt mean...  more »
  • Lovely area to wander around on a good day. The gardens are well kept and lead down to the lake and Sulphur Point.  more »
  • Amazing place to visit! The government house/museum is amazing to look at. You can go around at roam around at the gardens. There is a playground for young ones to play at, and a pool nearby in case you want to have a dip. There are small numerous thermal attractions in which you can see. It is in the city centre so you can't miss coming here!
  • The museum is closed because of concerns around the building being earthquake safe. A real pity since it is a magnificent building. There is no information on when it may open. The gardens around the building, especially the rose garden, are a visual and aesthetic treat and I would strongly recommend leisurely walks in the whole area!
  • We enjoyed strolling through these gardens as a family and time to stop and enjoy the playground, walk out to sulphur point and appreciate the gardens and buildings. Plenty to look at, including wildlife and thermal activity. A nice place to spend some time while in the area.
  • Good, worth a visit if you have a spare hour or two. The nearby museum is currently closed for earthquake reinforcement and won't be open for another couple of years. You can walk from here to a harbour where you can hire boats or go on a lake cruise. The best ice cream place is nearby just opposite the harbour.
  • Nice clean well presented garden in the heart of Rotorua. Government building was under renovations when we attended at the end of 2018. Good place for a quick stroll, or picnic by the lake.

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