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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  • Don't miss this, but don't spent too much time here either. Worth the trip because it's an unusual design and a bit unique. But look and then move on. But worth it.  more »
  • Well manicured lawns and flower park is good. Pink haze grass was so cute. We could see the beautiful hot springs and the source of the famous Rotorua lakeside Spa Hotel Polynesian Spa where the thin bluish.
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  • The walk through the landscaped garden was enjoyable. the stately building is worth a watch with a well manicured lawn in front.  more »
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  • Not a bad idea to come and visit the gardens, although there isn't too much to see in general (but it's free, so waaahey!). Just behind the gardens are various Sulfar areas so prepare to smell hot egg everywhere... Rotten! Still, really nice place to come visit (maybe not the best place for a picnic!)
  • You have to stop and smell the roses - literally! Great display, in fabulous condition. A couple I even recognised.
  • Museum is closed indefinitely but the park is beautiful. Lots of tulips and flowers this time of year. Plenty of free parking. Picnic tables and a playground too. Nice path to walk by the bay.
  • Very beautiful place to visit with family and kids. Peaceful and very clean place .
  • Must visit if in rotorua. A shame it was closed when I visited due to some earthquake upgrades etc

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