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Government Gardens

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Address: Rotorua, New Zealand
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10:00 - 18:00
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A superb herbaceous garden and also bowls to watch nearby

Sadly the museum was closed so we spent more time wandering aroung the gardens which we enjoyed. Some thermal pool activity nearby, a bowling green and a lovely pond/lake.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Taunton, United Kingdom
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sadly the museum was closed so we spent more time wandering aroung the gardens which we enjoyed. Some thermal pool activity nearby, a bowling green and a lovely pond/lake.

Thank Kayhel2011
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The garden was lovely in the evening. Few people on the grounds and was very quiet and peaceful. The water Lilly pond was my favorite.

Thank LizBogo
Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This garden was a pleasant surprise, an oasis of greenery and manicured flowerbeds. There's a triumphal arch to enter the gardens put up for a royal visit, the garden has an old style bandstand, restored bath houses, although the museum one is now closed for earthquake assessment. It was a nice contrast after visiting the thermal areas.

Thank Mathilda J
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

These gardens are beautifully presented and lovely to see. Kept so clean and tidy. Nice to walk round.

Thank jj1jj2
Houston, Texas
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I walked through Government Gardens in the morning and took lots of pictures of the black swans and other birds on the lake, the rose garden, other flower gardens, and even a Maori wood-carved boat! Nice place to visit for picnic or leisurely walk! No entrance fees. There's also a park with statues of different kinds (I don't recall if... More 

Thank M B
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice gardens and statues. Rose gardens are beautiful. Free to enjoy. Some thermal pools in the area as well

Thank jillparker864
Ashby-de-la-Zouch, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The beautifully kept Government Gardens comprise, bowling greens, bandstand for live music, lovely, well kept rose gardens and a small kiddies play area. All very well kept and surrounded by the Rotorua Museum, the Blue Rooms Spa? and a children's art centre. As with everything in Rotorua it is well kept and free of rubbish. The only sad thing is... More 

Thank Keith C
Ipswich, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Unfortunately we did not have sufficient time to see all of the gardens, what we did see though were very well laid out. plenty of things do to from the very active to just chilling back and having a quiet bite to eat. Definitely check out the rose garden as there were so many different coloured roses to be found... More 

Thank scorps_sting
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

excellent, tidy, well maintained, loved visiting this place and walking around it, would certainly go again and visit

Thank mcgoo1952
Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a lovely place to stroll around and enjoy a bit of down time. The flower gardens are well keep and the building (now a museum) are well worth visiting. Just relax.

Thank Janine B

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