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. Use our Rotorua tourist route planner to add Government Gardens and other attractions to your Rotorua vacation plans.
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  • These gardens are full of colour with numerous types of flowers, including beautifully scented roses, and various trees. The buildings that surround the gardens are full of character and interest. Sad...  more »
  • Beautiful gardens opposite the former thermal building now converted into a museum. A roof corner to makes lovely not to be missed in Rotorua.
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  • I really enjoyed the whole feel of the place but there isnt much to do, this is more of a nice picnic spot or if you already wanted some time going for a walk outside. 
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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.