Government Gardens


The manicured Government Gardens surrounding the Rotorua Museum are a wonderful example of the blending of English (rose gardens, ponds, croquet lawns and bowling greens) and Māori traditions (carvings at the entrance and subtly blended into the buildings). Being Rotorua, there are thermal pools bubbling away, and it's well worth taking a walk along the active geothermal area at the lake's edge.

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1. Rotorua Museum

0.09 MILES

Constructed in a striking faux-Tudor style, this museum, which began life in 1908 as an elegant spa retreat called the Bath House, has been closed since…

2. Lake Rotorua

0.64 MILES

Lake Rotorua is the largest of the district’s 18 lakes and is − underneath all that water − a spent volcano. Near the centre of the lake is Mokoia Island,…

3. Kuirau Park

0.68 MILES

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4. Ohinemutu

0.71 MILES

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5. St Faith’s Anglican Church

0.73 MILES

Consecrated in 1918, Ōhinemutu's historic timber church is intricately decorated with Māori carvings, tukutuku (woven panels), painted scrollwork and…

6. Whakarewarewa

1.78 MILES

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7. Te Puia

1.98 MILES

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8. Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest

2.56 MILES

This magical park of forest giants is 5km southeast of town. From 1899, 170 tree species were planted here to see which could be grown successfully for…