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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  • The museum is still closed, but the gardens are spectacular ..... beautifully maintained and offering a relaxing walk.  more »
  • We enjoyed our walk around the government gardens. The geothermal steam areas are marked off with fences and interesting to see. There is a rotten egg smell that you get used to. We had gone to go to ...  more »
  • Just as the Edwardians would promenade along the footpaths, so did we. Lovely gardens, bowling greens and croquet lawns all well manicured and tended. Very colourful whilst we were there in March. Tak...  more »
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  • One of the best stops to look out for when travelling to Rotorua on a holiday. Lush flower gardens will welcome visitors and so much greens everywhere. As of this posting, I believe there are some renovations going on in the museum building itself but it won't bother visitors at all. Will definitely be back.
  • A fantastic park to spend some time relaxing. Park the car get your Jandels on & explore. The grounds are very well kept & easy to explore. lots of flora & fauna. The Tiki fence posts were a real treat. The day we were there (late Jan 2018) the main museum was closed for structural repairs but this did not dampen our experience. We parked the car & walked the park & took in the sites. A well spent afternoon relaxing.
  • Beautiful. The flowers there are lovely. Great for photo opportunities! Park was fun, even for adults. Great for family picinics. Very clean and well taken care of.
  • Calm interesting and well maintained. The museum is closed (probably for a year or two- earthquake strengthening) and a local member of the staff leads a twice daily tour of the gardens.
  • Lovely gardens beautifully kept just one road back from the lake. There's also lawns & you can watch the locals playing Bowls. At one end there's a thermal mud pool Rachel's I believe it was called a bit stinky but interesting. The garden is not far off Fenton Street which is the main road for the shops & hotels.

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