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Parks, farms, gardens and vineyards



A 160 hectare working sheep-and-cattle-farm. Offers hands-on farming experience, a 1950s era shearing shed, and a sheep show with audience participation. Farm tours available.

Mamaku Blue

Large blueberry winery offering "blueberry experience" tours that include a trip through the berry plantation, winery and museum. Situated on the outskirts of Mamaku township, 15 minutes from Rotorua.

Paradise Valley Springs

Open-style natural wildlife park, including a natural wetland with walkways across the water. Spacious lion enclosure, and trout viewing cave. Located 15 minutes from Rotorua.


2 acre landscaped country garden planted with hundreds of rhododendrons, and other flowers and plants. Situated 20 minutes drive from Rotorua. Visits by appointment only.

The Garden Art Gallery

Art gallery within an award-winning garden that has played host to heads of state and celebrities, and has been featured in many magazines. Visits by appointment only.