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Rotorua Festival of Gardens

Festival Hub at Palmers Rotorua, 147 Sala Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua 3010


We run our festivals biennially and the next one will be in November 2025.

Eexplore the fascinating, unique selection of 40+ gardens in New Zealand's lake city and surrounding countryside. Together we celebrate our region's natural beauty, from vibrant flowers to bountiful native plant life.

Rotorua Festival of Gardens has been holding garden festivals in Rotorua since 1992. This is a biennial event where local gardeners lovingly tend their gardens in the previous months so that they can proudly show them to Festival goers.

For both beginners and experienced gardeners, you will find gardens and ideas to inspire you and suit your budget. Some are large gardens developed and maintained with professional help, while others show what can be achieved by dedicated and enthusiastic owners with entirely their own efforts.

Please note: Our photos show a mixture of gardens that are in this year's festival and also some from previous festivals.


The Gardener
Our Vision. To promote the Rotorua District as an attractive area to live and visit; To organise and promote festivals of gardens to encourage people to become more garden conscious; To promote and conduct events associated with gardens; To raise funds to cover the costs of the festival. Donate surplus funds to a local charity determined by the Gardeners at the Rotorua Festival of Gardens AGM.
Garden Size

While some of the gardens are very large, others demonstrate the wonderful things that can be achieved on small urban properties.

Other Facilities
Stay tuned for more information about free local programming leading up to the festival weekend! We will share more details on this page in the coming few months.

Subscribe to our newsletter on our website www.rotoruagardens.org.nz and follow the Rotorua Festival of Gardens on social media to ensure you don't miss updates on our local programming.


  • Dogs allowed?
  • Food available?
    Light refreshments will be on sale at some gardens.
  • Plants/Sales
    Some of our gardeners will have plants for sale and other activities in the gardens are planned.


Festival Hub at Palmers Rotorua, 147 Sala Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua 3010