The new look!


All you Garden Festival fans out there will have noticed our new branding/logo. This has been a long-time in the making, but we are SO pleased with the result. Its going start popping up around town here in Rotorua, in advance of this Novembers festival -so keep an eye out for it. We would like to give a big shout-out for Nick at ZeroSeven for his fantastic creative vision & patience in making this happen.

We’ll begin ramping up the information updates to the website & facebook in the coming weeks & months as we draw closer to our November dates. We’ve got some exciting new developments for the 2019 Festival -so watch this space.

The great garden search is on…


The next task for the committee is to list & catalog all submitted gardens for the next festival, 2019.  We have to visit, photograph & catalog all gardens by mid-november.  If you have an interesting garden or know of anyone who does, could you contact us asap -email to; -mail to PO Box 2264 Rotorua; -facebook message us at Rotorua Festival of Gardens.

Please note we have a limited amount of gardening places available, & we do have some criteria we need to meet -ie accessibility, parking, -so please be aware we may not be able to accept all gardens submitted this year.  But we aim for the largest selection possible to choose from and to add to our archives for future reference & use.

We’re waiting to hear from you.

Important date! 5.8.18


We’re getting closer to the AGM.  Its a biggie this year -a lot happening.  We are going to have a presentation & discussion about the way forward for the Festival & the Committee.  Please come & add your thoughts.  We are looking for committee members & always need volunteers.  We always have the necessary cuppa & nibbles to hand to see us through.  So come spend a stimulating couple of hours with us at the CT Club on Moncur Drive at 2.30pm, sunday 5th August.

Please RSVP to or message us on facebook

August 2018 AGM

img_20180629_122648Its that time again folks.  The Rotorua Festival of Gardens will hold their AGM on Sunday, 5th August at 2.30pm.  The C.T. Club in Moncur drive will be the venue.

We will be sending our some more information to our members prior to the meeting.

As always we are on the look-out for good people -whether as a committee member or as a volunteer for some of those endless necessary tasks.

We will have the essential cup of tea or coffee ready -with some nibbles, so please RSVP in advance to give the caterers an idea of numbers :- Robyn at

We look forward to seeing you there.


A very successful event


The committee for the Rotorua Festival of Gardens is SO pleased with the results of our efforts for the 2017 Festival.  We had so many lovely comments from the participating gardeners & the visitors.  A wonderful cross section of people attended with a strong showing of local visitors as well as some great attendance from out of town.  It was quite a challenge for some of the buses to get parking.

St Johns Ambulance were very kind in hosting an afternoon tea for the committee & our participating gardeners in early March 2018, to facilitate the presentation of the donations to our selected charities for 2017.  The St Johns Ambulance & the Bay Trust Rescue Helicopter both received a cheque for $10,000 each.  Many, many thanks to the participating gardeners, the ticket buying visitors & the Festival Committee for making it all possible.

The Festival Committee is beginning the planning process again, looking towards the 2019 Festival.  One of our first jobs is to find hard-working volunteer committee members with the much needed skills to add to our over-worked team.  If you have skills in any of the following -marketing, media, graphic design, computer/digital/IT, project management, event management, advertising -that you are willing to volunteer, please contact our President Joan Pryde.

last minute tickets

p1030908The peonys are in bloom.  And just 2 days now untill d-day.

At this late stage we are no longer able to take ticket bookings by email.  Any ticket purchases will need to come through the Rotorua retail outlets: -Palmer’s Garden Centre -Sala Street, McLeods Booksellers -Pukuatua Street, The Living Room Collective -Amohia Street.

We look forward to seeing you there.



Its difficult to believe Rotorua can look like this -after SO much rain.  But we remind ourselves the rain is what makes New Zealand so green & beautiful.  The Festival is coming ever closer -don’t forget to schedule those dates.

The tickets are easily available at a number of outlets around Rotorua.

McLeods Booksellers -Pukuatua Street,

Palmers Garden Centre -Sala Street,

The Living Room Collective -Amohau Street.

We’re going to be running a bit of a promo competition on our facebook page -so keep an eye out for that.

At the starters blocks


We are delighted to announce that the 2017 booklet & guide is completed & now available for sale at all our designated outlets.




A very big thank you to the following business who will be selling tickets to the festival on our behalf:-

Palmers Garden Centre, 147-157 Sala Street, Rotorua

McLeods Booksellers Ltd, 1148 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua City Centre

The Living Room Collective, 1131 Amohia Street, Rotorua

And of course tickets are available on-line at:-

getting our ducks lined up…

img_0130We are excited that promotion is under way for a dynamic festival in November. Its been a busy time for our committee members but their efforts are now bearing fruit. And, bear in mind they fit this charitable work into their professional lives. So spare a kind thought for the committee – a flock of ducks serenely sailing along on the surface; but paddling madly underneath to make it all happen!