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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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Well kept gardens

This is a huge area by the museum with plenty of well kept trees and flowers throughout. There is plenty to see here if you take a wander through. Peaceful.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Coventry, United Kingdom
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a huge area by the museum with plenty of well kept trees and flowers throughout. There is plenty to see here if you take a wander through. Peaceful.

Thank SteveS1970
Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Rotorua is an expensive town with all there is to do there, and this is free, so well worth doing. The gardens are beautiful and a nice contrast to the frantic pace of all the other activities in Rotorua. Definitely visit.

Thank Orla B
Buckfastleigh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

These gardens are lovely and well worth some of your time. Pretty much immaculate, eg very few weeds. Lots of block bedding planting making an impact but the mixed herbaceous bed behind the soldier's statue is particularly well planted.

Thank PipPaul W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The gardens are beautifully kept, delightful to stroll around & very interesting with a real colonial atmosphere. Sadly the museum was closed when we were there for assessment of damage caused by the earthquake. There were lovely flowers, hot pools & sculptures as well as the spa & swimming pools, so lots to see & do; definitely worth a visit.

Thank Sedateskier
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Made a point of walking to the Government Gardens and Museum in the morning to explore. It's set in some very nice gardens, wonderfully kept flower beds with a superb lawn to its front which is home to the very active Rotorua Croquet Club. It's very quaint but great to see. The war memorials are also a 'Lest we forget'... More 

Thank Pikorua
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank MetalTiger
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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