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Government Gardens

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Rotorua, New Zealand
+64 7-350 2119
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove through the gardens with our bikes and enjoyed the lovely flowers and trees in bloom. Took a lot of pictures. Thanks for keeping this gardens so lovely for all to enjoy.

Thank Wanda F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wandered through the entrance gates (erected from an earlier Royal visit) and found it just gorgeous!! The Gardens are a short stroll from the central street in Rotorua.

Thank 22Senior_travels
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I highly recommend the free walking tour of Government Gardens (11am and 2pm daily; meet in front of the Rotorua Museum, which is closed due to structural damage due to an earthquake). The guide I had -- Heather -- was wonderful. She is a treasure...More

1  Thank Sean K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although the museum at the gardens is closed (earthquake damage) they offer a free walking tour at 11am and 2pm daily (weather permitting) which takes you through the gardens and talks about the local history of Rotorua, the gardens, the building that houses the museum,...More

1  Thank linni1326
Reviewed 31 July 2018

The building is so beautiful and the walk is really interesting. Flowers and geothermal is a great mix for an afternoon walkies.

Thank Mrs_Wgtn_Dickson
Reviewed 24 July 2018

We stayed right across the street from the Government Gardens at the Prince's Gate hotel, so we were easily able to walk the gardens whenever we had downtime. The grounds are beautiful, with historic buildings and landmarks dotting the landscape. The museum itself was closed...More

Thank Jessica S
Reviewed 16 July 2018

We took the kids bike and they had fun riding around.... the gardens were lovely it was a great way to spend some time in the sun

Thank SarahT6315
Reviewed 10 July 2018

The garden are nice. Good place to sit & relax while the kids run around. The hot water well nearby has some interesting history written down.

Thank Nomad S
Reviewed 23 June 2018

The gardens were great and a great place to just walk around and take a few pictures. The Museum was closed but the gardens it self were beautiful and is worth a quick stop

Thank jnorthway
Reviewed 12 June 2018

Take a walk in the gardens, these are well kept and with available parking for no charge you can take maybe 1 hour to wander around the area, including the waterfront.

Thank kiwisteve1
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