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

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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. To donate surplus funds to a local charity determined by the Gardeners at the AGM.

Rotorua Festival of Gardens

For both beginners and experienced gardeners you will find gardens and ideas to inspire you and to 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.


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

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​Poem of the Day - Dirge in the Woods


A wind sways the pines,

And below

Not a breath of wild air;

Still as the mosses that glow

On the flooring over the lines

Of the roots here and there.

The pine-tree drops its dead;

They are quiet, as under the sea

Overhead, overhead

Rushes life in a race,

As the clouds the clouds chase;

And we go;

And we drop like the fruits of the tree,

Even we,

Even so.

George Meredith (1828 - 1909)

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Do you love to garden?

Is your garden your passion?

Would you like to share your garden with others?

If you answered yes to these three questions, perhaps you would like to have your garden considered for the next Rotorua Festival of Gardens.

Email us on info@rotoruagardens.org.nz

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Music in the garden


Our last festival in 2019 we added musicians to our gardens. If you play in a band or are a musician and would like to be part of the festival in 2021 email us on events@rotoruagardens.org.nz