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  • Address: Queens Drive, Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand
  • Hours: The gardens are open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

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Government Gardens Tours

The Government Gardens in central Rotorua are so bountiful that they could easily be mistaken for a piece of the old English countryside. If it weren’t for the telltale scent of sulfur that wafts through the air from the nearby hot springs, many visitors would forget where they’re standing, due to the Edwardian architecture and dignified landscape.

As it happens, this 50-acre compound on the shore of Lake Rotorua was gifted to the Crown by Maori tribes. Taking what was once a patch of scrubland peppered with therapeutic hot pools, the area was transformed into a public park complete with manicured lawns and the famous baths. To add to the impeccable nature of the gardens, an ornate bath house was constructed on the property and now serves as a piece of architectural history. Standing stoically above the flower gardens that burst with color each spring, the building houses the Rotorua Museum of Art and History, which is also well worth a look. Outside, the Government Gardens are the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll in Rotorua. Listen to bird-song as it rains from the branches of exotic species of hardwood, and take time to literally smell the roses that spring from the Earth with abundance. The Government Gardens are one of the city’s best gathering places for a picnic or a drink at the café, and it’s also one of the best free activities you can find in downtown Rotorua.

Practical Info

Government Gardens are located on the shores of Lake Rotorua in central Rotorua. The gardens are open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

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Rotorua Cultural Eco Small Group Afternoon Tour, Rotorua, null
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Rotorua Cultural Eco Small Group Afternoon Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Spend an afternoon exploring New Zealand’s Maori culture with visits to settlement sites and living villages. You will learn about Maori customs, traditions, ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.14
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Valley Geyser Tour and Kiwi Fruit Orchard, Tauranga, ... 
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Valley Geyser Tour and Kiwi Fruit Orchard

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

THIS IS A SMALL GROUP TOUR AND INCLUDES ALL OF YOUR ENTRANCE FEE, CULTURAL SHOW AND TWO COURSE LUNCH You will be picked up directly from the port gates ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.14
Guided Tauranga Shore Excursion to Rotorua Whakarewarewa and Wai-O-Tapu, Tauranga, Ports of Call ... 
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Guided Tauranga Shore Excursion to Rotorua Whakarewarewa and Wai-O-Tapu

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Visit Wai-O-Tapu to see why TripAdvisor says it is "One of the 20 Most SURREAL Places in the World" and why it is considered to be New Zealand's most ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $138.68
Rotorua and Geothermal Living Maori Village Tour, Tauranga, Ports of Call Tours
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Rotorua and Geothermal Living Maori Village Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Depart from Tauranga and visit an authentic Living Maori Village deep in the geothermal region of Rotorua on this full-day excursion. Discover The Living ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $101.05
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights Tour Including Cultural Performance and Gondola Ride, ... 
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights Tour Including Cultural Performance and Gondola Ride

There is something for everyone on this small-group tour to the geothermal heartland of New Zealand - Rotorua. See the Pohutu Geyser, pools of bubbling mud, a ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $131.71
Private Full-Day Rotorua Tour from Auckland, Auckland, Ports of Call Tours
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Private Full-Day Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Get ready to explore the amazing Rotorua. Rotorua is New Zealand's ultimate holiday destination for locals and overseas visitors. Roto means lake and Rua means ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible

From USD $327.54
1.5-Hour Rotorua Highlights Tour, Rotorua, Private Sightseeing Tours
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1.5-Hour Rotorua Highlights Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

This tour will take you to all the main highlights that Rotorua has to offer. There will be plenty of stops to take memorable Snapshots along the way.  The ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $34.15
Rotorua Day Trip from Tauranga, Tauranga, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Rotorua Day Trip from Tauranga

You will be met and collected from outside the Tauranga Port gates and taken for a sight seeing journey to Rotorua. First up we travel past the Mt Maunganui ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $111.50
Rotorua Duck Tours - City and Lakes Tour, Rotorua, Ports of Call Tours
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Rotorua Duck Tours - City and Lakes Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

Discover Rotorua on a unique 90 minute sightseeing adventure onboard a WWII amphibious vehicle able to travel on land and water!

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $48.09
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Sightseeing Tour Including Tauranga and Mt. Maunganui, Tauranga, ... 
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Sightseeing Tour Including Tauranga and Mt. Maunganui

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

While you’re in Port of Tauranga, explore the geothermal landscapes beneath the earths surface on this Rotorua sightseeing tour. See beautiful beaches and ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $68.99

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