Government Gardens Rotorua
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Government Gardens Rotorua
Government Gardens Rotorua

Government Gardens Rotorua

Free admission
Queens Drive, Rotorua, North Island

The Basics

The Government Gardens are the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll in Rotorua. This 50-acre (20-hectare) compound on the shore of Lake Rotorua was given to the Crown by local Maori tribes (iwi). The area was transformed from a patch of scrubland peppered with therapeutic hot pools into a public park with manicured lawns.

A bowling club, petanque club, and croquet lawn appeal to all ages, while children can also make use of climbing structures and a shaded play area in the rose garden. Opt for a narrated sightseeing tour of Rotorua highlights, combined with other points of interest, or ride an amphibious “duck” vehicle that takes you past the Government Gardens before cruising the lake.

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6 hour Small-Group Rotorua Naturally Shore Excursion From Tauranga
6 hour Small-Group Rotorua Naturally Shore Excursion From Tauranga
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$80.79 per adult
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Beautiful and Informative Trip
I really enjoyed the views of the New Zealand country side, the mud pots, the views of Lake Rotorua, walking through the redwood forest, the view of Okere Falls, and seeing the Kiwi farms. Simon, our guide, was especially knowledgeable and provided interesting historical insights to all the places we visited. I left the tour with a greater appreciation of New Zealand.
George_G, Feb 2023

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Visitors can combine a driving tour that visits landmarks in the public park with guided sightseeing beyond Rotorua.

  • Guests can also swim or soak in geothermally heated pools at the historic Blue Baths, but call ahead to make sure the baths are not closed for a private event.

  • The Government Gardens offer one of the city’s most serene spots for a picnic.

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How to Get There

The Government Gardens are located on Queens Drive, on the shores of Lake Rotorua in central Rotorua. Pickup from centrally located hotels is provided on most tour itineraries, but the site is an easy stroll from downtown.

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When to Get There

The gardens are open daily from 10am until 6pm. Spring is a delightful time to visit, when visitors can listen to the birdsong that rains down from the branches of exotic trees, and take time, literally, to smell the abundant roses and other flowers that burst with color.

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Stepping Back in Time in Rotorua

To add to the impeccable nature of the gardens, an ornate Bath House building was constructed on the property and now stands as a piece of architectural history. The building houses the Rotorua Museum of Art and History, though it was damaged in a recent earthquake. The museum is well worth a visit when it reopens.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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