The Government Gardens (originally known as Paepaekumanu) is a public park, partly laid out as gardens, located by Lake Rotorua in central Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand. Built by the government as a tourism attraction, it is still a major tourism destination for New Zealand.
I first visited several years ago in 2011. It was just as I remembered, so pretty and a photographer's dream. Lush greenery beautiful flora. Disappointing to see the Museum closed and surrounded with fencing. It has been deemed vulnerable should there be any earthquake activity. A local told us it had been closed for a year and a half. Luckily it can be strengthened although nothing appears to be happening with it at present. The museum is a wonderful building. Find the money if you can it's a wonderful asset. I hope on our next visit from the UK, to see the museum reopened and earning it's keep as part of this lovely visitor attraction.
Good place to visit if it's nice outside. There are a couple of things to see (gardens, buildings...). Easy walk since the grown is plat (no hills) and the paths are nice. You can visit this place in under 30 minutes. I removed a star since the museum is close, so there are big fences around which on top of not being able to visit, it ruins the pictures. Close to the geysers, go and visit those!!
Relax and enjoy this beautiful garden. Too bad the museum is closed but one could always enjoy it's splendour from the outside. Go at night and it's a completely different experience.
One of the best stops to look out for when travelling to Rotorua on a holiday. Lush flower gardens will welcome visitors and so much greens everywhere. As of this posting, I believe there are some renovations going on in the museum building itself but it won't bother visitors at all. Will definitely be back.
The gardens are beautiful but the museum is closed due to earthquake strengthening. Fantastic building though, and good on them for deciding to save it.
I appreciated viewing the Soldiers Memorials and monuments, and Whangapīpiro (Rachel Pool) hot water and steam. I also saw an impressive sculpture of a man and woman. Lovely to have a wander round the gardens even in winter. Finding a park was not easy and there seemed to be a lot of traffic passing through. Disappointing to see the Museum is closed.
A lot of places to go. If you just go up from the gardens you'll find a pathway that leads to Lake Rorotorua. There you can see beautiful scenery
Gardens looked nice and had a few thermal features around the area. Wished we could enter the museum building itself but a sign noted that it would be closed until further notice.