Government Gardens, Rotorua – originally known as Paepaekumana

The Government Gardens are beautiful, I really do love wandering around here.  They are just a short walk from the I-Site (information centre) and it is pretty impressive.

The main entrance to the gardens.

The arches are made of wood and they used to span the intersection of Fenton and Hinemoa Streets. Click here to see the distance on a map. They were designed to represent the royal crown. They were erected in 1901 to honour the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later King George V and Queen Mary).

All of these totems at the front are different and they are said to represent different meanings.

The back of the entrance gates.
The Government Gardens is also home to the Rotorua Museum and the building looks pretty impressive.
Rotorua Museum.

Unfortunately I was unable to get into the museum as there is some restoration works still taking place. It is because of the earthquakein Christchurch six years ago.  This museum sits on the same fault line and got damaged.  There is plans for the place to be fixed but they think this may take two years before the place is open again.

It still looks beautiful from the outside!

Even some of the windows have colour glass which looks lovely.
The museum was originally known as the Bath House in 1908 and it is the only original surviving building from the first 45 years of the Rotorua spa. The building represents the New Zealand Government’s first major investment in the tourism industry.

It was an Edwardian attempt to create a spa in an Elizabethan style of architecture. The building once provided treatments to thousands of people before it closed in 1966.

The view from the front of the museum of the rest of the gardens.
The Wiatukei Sculpture.


The bronze sculpture was unveiled in June 2001 to mark the new millennium.  The inspiration for this sculpture came from the melding of Maori and European cultures in the area.

Below are a few more images from the garden, including some of the lovely flowers which were in bloom.

Even the bees were busy.
red Wylie, a young soldier from Galatea

This memorial commemorates Fred Wylie, a young soldier from Galatea who fought in the Boer War with the fourth New Zealand Contingent. He was the son of the first store keeper in Rotorua, Joseph Wylie, and a member of the unit called ‘Rough Riders’, he was killed leading an attack at Klipfontein on 26th May 1901.

Pretty gazebo.

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