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Government Gardens

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Address: Rotorua, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-350 2119
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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Gorgeous Government Gardens

A good place for a gentle stroll to view the pretty gardens. We were staying nearby and visited it a couple of times. We did try to get a coffee or cup of tea when we were... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Sue W
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A good place for a gentle stroll to view the pretty gardens. We were staying nearby and visited it a couple of times. We did try to get a coffee or cup of tea when we were there, but unfortunately both times we went the cafe at the Museum was closed, so can't comment on it. Once to be fair,... More 

Thank Sue W
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Spent 2 to 3 hours here. A very good museum. Lots of history and culture. The film show is worth doing and you get a very good view of the gardens from the rooftop. Plenty of parking around the gardens which is handy.

Thank BillyB088y
Hervey Bay, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you are in Rotorua you must drop by the Government Gardens and museum. There are free tours conducted every day at 11am and 2pm by very informative volunteers. The museums Elizabethan building has to be seen to be believed.

Thank penhen33
Nuriootpa, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Enjoyed the space, greenery and little things to see along the way. Parking close by, shade if you need it. nice and relaxing time spent with the family and great vista with the Museum as a backdrop

Thank Lindy J
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A nice garden but it was mobbed with tourist buses and to many people taking photos of themselves. This made it hard to enjoy or even walk around.

Thank KMChicago
Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Manicured lawns and bowling greens, beautiful views of the museum, thermal pools and a lakeside area, plus the great smell of sulphur. What's not to like? A great place to stroll around on a sunny day. The flowers here are gorgeous when they are in bloom. Somehow flowers in Rotorua seem brighter than elsewhere.

Thank Steve W
Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went there beginning of the year. Absolutely awesome. Well maintained beautiful view. Incredible place.

Thank Juanisio B
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

the gardens are beautiful place to walk around and relax or just sit calmly and watch the world go by

Thank LyndaPerkins
Townsville, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the wilderness and nature at it's most intrusive (the geysers, the hot springs, the craters, the sulphur) ) to the calming surrounds of an almost English garden setting with it's bowling lawn and roses. Lovely to just walk around, take photos (the museum building is unique and much larger than expected); and just enjoy the manicured beds and follow... More 

Thank CKpossum
Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice rose gardens, at least in November. Quite a nice space around the historic museum and other buildings. Sulphuric smell around here from the lake adds to the ambiance!

Thank JrMushroom

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