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“Really nice garden for a picnic, walk or to look at the plants” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bason Botanic Gardens

Bason Botanic Gardens
552 Rapanui Road, Wanganui, New Zealand
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Ranked #5 of 19 Attractions in Wanganui
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Really nice garden for a picnic, walk or to look at the plants”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

about a 15 - 20 minute drive from the main town.

It was a very well paid out park, with public (free) BBQs, lots of short walking trails, lovely pond with a variey of native birds, plenty of open spaces for games and picnics, some nice specialty gardens (herbs, rhododendrons). it is really well signposted as well.

toilets were clean, by park standards.

There is an area for frisbee golf!

the orchid house and other indoor plant areas were closed at 4:30, which feels a bit early. The BBQs really need to be cleaned before use..

Visited January 2014
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Palmerston, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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“fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

if you want to relax you need to go here amazing place amazing views and you can take the whole family :)

Visited October 2013
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Wanganui, New Zealand
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“A local gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

A great place for a barbeque, relaxing with friends and family and open grass areas to play games and sport. Overseas visitors who were with us were amazed that we didn't have to pay for admittance or to use the barbeque facilities, and everything was clean and in good working order. We're very lucky to have such a facility in Wanganui.

Visited November 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“What a lovely surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

The gardens are a 15 minute drive out of Wanganui but a delightful surprise. Plenty of people having barbeques and gorgeous gardens. The roses were fabulous... I am definitely taking a picnic next time as this time it was just for a drive.

Visited November 2013
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Wanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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“Great place to tire out the little ones!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Great place to relax and unwind the kids have an endless choice of things to chase and do heaps of plants to look at for inquisitive little minds, little fishes and ponds also perfect for cricket and I saw a huge bouncy castle out there Also so the possibilities are endless and the bonus is that the kids come home tired too!!

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