The Taupo Rose Gardens are located in South Tongariro Domain adjacent to the Taupo Museum.
The Rose Garden was established in 1979 when 800 rose bushes were initially planted by the Taupo Rose Society.
In December 2007 the garden was renamed The Joan Williamson Rose Gardens in honour of Joan Williamson-Orr, to recognise her 30 years of service to the Taupo District. Joan Williamson was the Mayor of Taupo Borough from 1986 to 1988 and Taupo District from 1988 to 2001. Later she served on the Lakes Health District Board from 2001 to 2010.
Visitors can walk through the gardens to a path that leads down to the Taupo Boat Harbour. There are no gates to the gardens so visitors are free to visit as they wish.
The centrepiece to the garden is a large gazebo, which is perfect to sit and relax. Within the rose gardens there are also fountains, bird baths and a sundial.