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Address: Great North Road, Whanganui, New Zealand
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We were so pleased that Cyclone Cook left us alone and so decided that our first place to go was here. What an absolute delightful place with so many different types of birds and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Busselton, Australia

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Busselton, Australia
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213 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were so pleased that Cyclone Cook left us alone and so decided that our first place to go was here. What an absolute delightful place with so many different types of birds and lovely surroundings. Would be glorious place to picnic when the ground not quite so wet. If you ever get to Wanganui please do make the effort... More 

Thank Keza_WA
Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place for a walk. There are three different level walkways from lakeside to higher with stunning views over the lake and grounds. Also worth a visit is the Winter Gardens, the aviary and the nearby cafe.

Thank Colin and Carol... W
Wellington, New Zealand
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516 reviews
182 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our stop at the lake which is at the north end of the city. Plenty of options including looking st the ducks, a winter green house and bird Avery.

Thank Alipa50
Rugby, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here on our way to Stratford, this place was stunning, so much to see, avery with lots of birds from budgies to beautifully coloured parrots and love birds. Statues and flowers dotted all around nit to mention the 'winter gardens' the flowers and artwork was amazing and definitely worth a few photos. Cafe was nicely situated with full view... More 

Thank Lynda P
Picton, New Zealand
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114 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This lake is beside the main road so easy to find, plenty of parking. Much more than the lake, the park and trees are beautiful and there's a gorgeous indoor garden. Café was busy but working well, food good. Beware the greedy poultry!

Thank Loreen B
Hong Kong, China
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521 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 476 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

i have always loved this lake and have now had a long personal association with it stretching back four decades or more. Our recent visit to the City again provided us with a chance to visit it, and it was the true highlight of the trip. The feeding of the waterfowl, the circumnavigation of the trails surrounding the park and... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2017

At the west side of Whanganui town, this lake and the surrounding park welcoming visitors to the city coming from west direction (through Hawera). Small lake but beautiful with park at the surrounding area, gives choices for visitors as picnic spot, walking path, or exercises track, or just sitting and enjoy the scenery. A lot of ducks (for the duck... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2017 via mobile

This is a great place to visit with all ages. We arrived there in the evening just before sunset and that couldn't be more amazing!

Thank Ali R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 12, 2017 via mobile

We were absolutely delighted to stumble across Virginia Lake on our last trip to whanganui. What a beautiful space for everyone to enjoy. Our toddler loved the aviary, seeing the ducks and crossing the little bridges. What an excellent way to spend an afternoon in whanganui.

Thank kiwi_Jac12
New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed March 7, 2017

Visited twice while in Whanganui. Great walk around the lake. Wonderful show of begonias in Winter Garden building. Fun Statues. Good Cafe.

Thank Elijah01NewZealand

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