Government Gardens

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Government Gardens featuring night scenes and a garden

Admire pretty roses and exquisite sculptures, relax at luxurious spas and discover the region’s remarkable history.

The well-kept lawns of Government Gardens house two spas and a museum as well as facilities for croquet and cricket. Find out more about the Maori culture of Rotorua and learn about the brutal volcanic eruption that rocked the region. Lie in the sun beside fragrant flowerbeds and submerge yourself in idyllic geothermal pools.

Gifted to the crown by the local Ngati Whakaue tribe during the late 1800s, this land has been fully utilised and is now home to a range of different facilities. Once an area of scrubland, the gardens have been replanted; however, you can still see Japanese firs and a weeping Californian redwood that have been here since the 19th century. Survey the newer additions of beds of bright roses, azaleas and perfectly landscaped lawns. Bring a football to kick around on the grass or just sit and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

Look around the Rotorua Museum, which occupies an attractive Tudor-style building in the centre of the park. The museum contains exhibitions that pay tribute to the beliefs and skills of the area’s Maori population. Inspect intricate wood carvings and view old utensils used by tribespeople to hunt and eat. The museum also screens an interesting 20-minute film that documents the events of the Mount Tarawera eruption, showing how it decimated lives and destroyed the fabled Pink and White Terraces.

The museum started as a bathhouse and several bathing establishments can still be found in the gardens just a short stroll away. Step inside the ornate Mediterranean-style Blue Baths and choose from three heated pools or head to the waterfront Polynesian Spa where you can soak in the solitude of private baths and take in panoramic views of Lake Rotorua. The complex also has a family pool with a shallow toddlers’ area as well as a slide.

The Government Gardens are on the east side of town. The spas and the museum are open daily and both charge admission fees. Entrance to the gardens, however, is free.

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Prince's Gate Hotel
Prince's Gate Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1057 Arawa Street, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
The price is NZ$124 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is located near the airport, just steps away from Rotorua i-SITE Visitor Centre and Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (993 reviews)
"Lovely staff, room was well presented and clean. Great thermal pools."

Reviewed on 19 Sep. 2021

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Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua
The price is NZ$179 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is located near the boardwalk, just steps away from Rotorua Arts Village and Tamaki Maori Village. Polynesian Spa and Redwoods ...
3.9/5 Good! (991 reviews)
"Overall it was a good stay, beautiful facilities and friendly helpful staff but the aircon unit was very loud through the night making it difficult to sleep."

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Pullman Rotorua
Pullman Rotorua
5 out of 5
1135 Arawa St, Rotorua
The price is NZ$219 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Situated in Rotorua, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Government Gardens and Polynesian Spa. Rotorua Central Mall and Rotorua Hospital are ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (127 reviews)
"Very nice stay! Very comfortable, perfect location! Will be back very soon."

Reviewed on 19 Sep. 2021

Pullman Rotorua
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Rotorua Citizens Club
Rotorua Citizens Club
2 out of 5
1146 Rangiuru Street, Rotorua
The price is NZ$90 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
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Prince's Gate Hotel
Prince's Gate Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1057 Arawa Street, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
The price is NZ$124 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
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Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua
The price is NZ$179 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
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Pullman Rotorua
Pullman Rotorua
5 out of 5
1135 Arawa St, Rotorua
The price is NZ$219 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
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Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
4.5 out of 5
9-11 Tutanekai St, P O Box 348, Rotorua
The price is NZ$179 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
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Copthorne Hotel Rotorua
Copthorne Hotel Rotorua
4 out of 5
328-348 Fenton Street, Rotorua
The price is NZ$142 per night from 16 Dec. to 16 Dec.
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Regent of Rotorua
Regent of Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
1191 Pukaki St, Rotorua
The price is NZ$205 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Regent of Rotorua
Ambassador Thermal Motel
Ambassador Thermal Motel
3.5 out of 5
Cnr Whakaue & Hinemaru Streets, Rotorua
The price is NZ$117 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
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Holiday Inn Rotorua, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Rotorua, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
The price is NZ$170 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Holiday Inn Rotorua, an IHG Hotel
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