Government Gardens


Historical and Heritage Points of Interest Attractions Gardens and Parks

Take time to read the information panels that offer a fascinating insight into the history of the gardens.

Beautiful and spacious gardens near the centre of Rotorua. The Government Gardens offer a bowling club, petanque, croquet and a golf course. 

Within the gardens, you'll also come across various points of interest that include the 1927 Arawa Soldiers Memorial, a number of geothermal features and the Kwaqiulth Totem Pole.  The beautifully maintained gardens are a short walk to Lake Rotorua, the town centre and the wildlife refuge of Sulphur Bay.

The land is one of legend and historical importance to the local Maori people, with a number of significant battles having taken place.  The original Maori owners gifted the 50 acres of land in the late nineteenth century for 'the benefit of the people of the world'.

The Government Gardens is also home to the Rotorua Museum , Polynesian Spa and the Blue Baths.  The restored Blue Baths offer the opportunity to enjoy a dip in the warm waters and relax in an architecturally stunning building.



Hinemaru Street, Rotorua Central

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