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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  • August 13, 2017
    After the Queen of Alberni travel Lake 順 future Rome Lu WA Government Agora, which don't have a beautiful English-style Agora, walk hour still image: articles to 濃-depression of sulphur, because Rome Lu w is West of New Orleans other hot springs, Agora can be seen in some places still hot spring pools.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Well kept gardens that are in front of a huge mansion. You can't walk along the grass even though it has benches nearby.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Well kept gardens. Nice walking areas to see. Clean areas. Pleasant. Good sights to photograph. Easy walking tracks  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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