Government Gardens

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View in Government Gardens with the timber-framed Rotorua Museum, previously the Bath House
Historic view of Government Gardens with the ornamental lake and the Bath House

The Government Gardens (originally known as Paepaekumana) 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.

Facilities[edit]

The Rotorua Museum, housed in the old Bath House building, looks over the Government Gardens. There are sports facilities, including the Blue Baths swimming pool, a bowling green, and a croquet lawn. There is also a bandstand. The Polynesian Spa is close by, beside Lake Rotorua.[1]

History[edit]

This site is of historical significance to the local Maori people, with battles having been fought here.[1] The Maori gave 50 acres of land here to the British Crown in the late 1800s. The Government of New Zealand opened a large bath house here in 1908. In 1933 a second building, the Blue Baths, opened under much controversy, as mixed bathing was accommodated.[1][2] The Blue Baths were closed in 1982, but were restored in 1999–2000.[3] The original Bath House, which opened in 1988, closed in 1966 for bathing. The building was extensively renovated in 1995 and converted into a museum.[4]

Heritage registions[edit]

A number of items are covered by formal registrations by Heritage New Zealand. The former bath house, now Rotorua Museum, and the Blue Baths have Category I registrations.[4][3] Four structures have Category II registrations, including the Prince's Arch and Gateway which was built for the 1901 royal visit of the Duke and Duchess of York; this structure is now unique in New Zealand.[5][6][7][8] The area as a whole is also covered by a Historic Area registration.[9]

Photo Name Category Description
2000 New Zealand 19.jpg Rotorua Museum Category I former Bath House, now the town's museum[4]
Blue Baths 089.jpg Blue Baths Category I Spanish Mission-style bath house[3]
Prince's Arch and Gateway 0456 09.jpg Prince's Arch and Gateway Category II archway resembling a royal crown built for the royal visit in 1901[5]
Te Runanga Tea Pavilion and Ticket Office 061.jpg Te Runanga Tea Pavilion and Ticket Office Category II tea kiosk and an adjacent small octagonal building that served as a ticket office[6]
Rotunda, Rotorua 064.jpg Rotunda Category II band rotunda[7]
Gardener's Cottage, Rotorua 128.jpg Gardener's Cottage Category II cottage for the reserve's gardener[8]
Rotorua Museum - view from the top 2016-01-24.jpg Rotorua Government Gardens Historic Area heritage registration covering the whole setting[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Government Gardens". Tourism New Zealand. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Utiger, Taryn (29 January 2015). "Ancient history, new beginnings in Rotorua". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Blue Baths". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "The Bath House (Former)". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Prince's Arch and Gateway". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Te Runanga Tea Pavilion and Ticket Office (Former)". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Rotunda". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Gardener's Cottage (Former)". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Rotorua Government Gardens Historic Area". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 

Coordinates: 38°08′08.9″S 176°15′29.1″E / 38.135806°S 176.258083°E / -38.135806; 176.258083