Government Gardens Rotorua Tours and Activities
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The Government Gardens in central Rotorua are so bountiful, they resemble an old picture postcard from the English countryside. If not for the telltale scent of sulfur from the nearby thermal springs at Sulphur Point, visitors might forget where they’re standing, given the Edwardian architecture and dignified landscape.
The Government Gardens are the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll in Rotorua. This 50-acre (20-hectare) compound on the shore of Lake Rotorua was given to the Crown by local Maori tribes (iwi). The area was transformed from a patch of scrubland peppered with therapeutic hot pools into a public park with manicured lawns.
A bowling club, petanque club, and croquet lawn appeal to all ages, while children can also make use of climbing structures and a shaded play area in the rose garden. Opt for a narrated sightseeing tour of Rotorua highlights, combined with other points of interest, or ride an amphibious “duck” vehicle that takes you past the Government Gardens before cruising the lake.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Visitors can combine a driving tour that visits landmarks in the public park with guided sightseeing beyond Rotorua.
- Guests can also swim or soak in geothermally heated pools at the historic Blue Baths, but call ahead to make sure the baths are not closed for a private event.
- The Government Gardens offer one of the city’s most serene spots for a picnic.
How to Get There
The Government Gardens are located on Queens Drive, on the shores of Lake Rotorua in central Rotorua. Pickup from centrally located hotels is provided on most tour itineraries, but the site is an easy stroll from downtown.
When to Get There
The gardens are open daily from 10am until 6pm. Spring is a delightful time to visit, when visitors can listen to the birdsong that rains down from the branches of exotic trees, and take time, literally, to smell the abundant roses and other flowers that burst with color.
Stepping Back in Time in Rotorua
To add to the impeccable nature of the gardens, an ornate Bath House building was constructed on the property and now stands as a piece of architectural history. The building houses the Rotorua Museum of Art and History, though it was damaged in a recent earthquake. The museum is well worth a visit when it reopens.
Address: Queens Drive, Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand
5 Tours and Activities to Experience Government Gardens Rotorua
Discover Rotorua on a 1.5-hour duck tour. This sightseeing adventure takes you aboard a World War II amphibious vehicle — able to travel on land and water. Start with a city tour past Government Gardens, the Blue Baths and more before splashing down into Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Okareka. Enjoy family fun along the way with a provided duck caller, and listen to live commentary about Rotorua’s history and local landmarks.
Happy Ewe Cycle Tours is a leisurely 3 hour cycling adventure with no hills and about 45 minutes of cycling time. It is safe to expect a little bit of everything with us, as we use science, nature, culture and history to give an educational and interactive experience highlighting the geothermal wonders within the central city. You will remember this journey as you shoot mud pools with thermometer guns, test the pH levels of hot springs and laugh at the how our guides make science exciting for you. Ranked as the best city cycling activity in New Zealand on TripAdvisor and one of the best activities in the country, this is perfect for couples, families or travellers of any age looking to discover the best of Rotorua.
Deluxe small group tour from Rotorua with your personal driver guide for the day! Discover and experience, Rotorua's most popular & unique visitor attraction Te Puia with highlights stops along the way. Walk through a landscape, where steam rises all around you, the water boils and geysers erupt high into the air. The mud pools bubble and jump and the earth is heated from geothermal activity under foot. Be in awe as you catch a rare sighting of the Kiwi bird in its nocturnal enclosure. This is the homeland of the Maori people! Listen and learn the history and stories on a fully guided tour, then take your seat to experience and expressive, meaningful cultural show with songs and dance including the world famous Haka. Explore Rotorua's top highlights including The Redwood Forest, Lake Rotorua, the Government Garden, Blue Baths, Rachels spring, Klamath rose gardens, the Museum and Kairua park. A perfect tour for everyone, which offers so much to see and do in just one day.
Clue Zealand adventures offer a unique way for visitors to explore Rotorua, while even locals will be scratching their heads to find the answers dotted around their home town.
our tour guide has 10 years experience and you will travel in a luxury vehicle. your tour will also be much more enjoyable as it is a private tour this will result in you getting more time for sightseeing. we can guide and recommend you various Tourist Destinations and help you to choose the places of your interest and take you over there,
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Government Gardens Rotorua?
The best ways to experience Government Gardens Rotorua are:
- Rotorua Duck Boat Guided City and Lakes Tour
- Rotorua Hot Lakes Bike Tour
- Rotorua Day Tour Te Puia - Geysers - Maori Performance - Redwoods & Kiwi Bird
- The Quest for the Lost Companion - A Rotorua Adventure
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