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Government Gardens

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Address: Rotorua, New Zealand
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+64 7-350 2119
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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These gardens were amazing, so beautifully kept. Everywhere was so very clean. It's a lovely place to have a picnic.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Kim B
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sadly the spa building is closed indefinitely due to subsidence risks. The gardens are typical of their period, formally laid out and well maintained.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

These gardens were amazing, so beautifully kept. Everywhere was so very clean. It's a lovely place to have a picnic.

Thank Kim B
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The gardens are simply lovely and so well kept. A short stroll through them admiring the buildings and the sculptures is well doing. Very peaceful.

Thank RaJSheffield
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The museum is not open because of structural damage from an earthquake but that should not deter you from visiting the gardens. They are spectacular. Even though heavy rains pounded the gardens in the past several days the flowers were in full bloom and gorgeous. We also enjoyed watching lawn bowling which is a sport that we do not have... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Were so impressed by the flowers in Rotorua, not only here in the gardens but all round the town. Disappointed that the museum was closed but rather safe than sorry.

Thank tesstravels10
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you love to walk around gardens this is one not to be missed. Coming from hot and dry Australia this was a feast for the eyes! I loved the perennial garden, beautiful hydrangeas, and the water feature, all very well maintained and presented. Great place for kids to run around! But keep them off the bowling green, NO high... More 

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

All year round these gardens manage to stay absolutely stunning, they are so well thought out and are just beautiful to walk through. I see why people choose to get married there!

Thank Amelia2407
Novafeltria, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a nice thing to visit if you are staying in Rotorua. Especially because Rotorua isn't a very special city. The gardens are very beautiful, very English and very well maintained! There is also a beautiful rose garden.

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So we took the lake walk and staggered into Government Gardens accidentally (to get away from the smell of sulphur). What a nice surprise! Great for a stroll through well manicured gardens, lawn bowl rinks statues and interesting bits of history. Some of the plants are quite unique, at least to my eye. The Prince's Gate was intriguing - and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When we arrived in Rotorua we stopped at the Gardens in front of the museum. We were disappointed to find that the museum was closed for safety reasons. Following the earthquake in November 2016, there had been some structural damage. Fortunately, we saw a notice informing us that there was a free guided tour around the gardens twice a day,... More 

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