This lovely lake is near the northern main highway. Visitors can see the lake from the road side as they travel past but what they may not know is how interesting a place it is to stop and spend time in!. The lake is home to plentiful water birds, swans, coots and a variety of ducks to name a few. Children and adults alike get a lot of pleasure from feeding the birds the crusts off their picnic sandwiches! A favouite occupation of mine since I was a young child vsiting the park. There is an easy walk around the lake where many natural delights await! Loads of varieties of trees and plants can be seen, a waterlilly pond and sometimes visitors might spot a mother swan or duck with hatchlings. Also found on the walk is a beautiful statue of a Maori girl and the legend of her tragic love story is told on the plaque featured there. Further around is an old band rotunda and a jetty that leads out over the lake.
Hungry? Just call into the cafe where you can enjoy a lovely meal inside or out doors. Next to the cafe you will find the fabulous Winter gardens where many colourful plants are carefully tended and displayed. Taking a stroll through here is a real pleasure wether your 'e a gardener or not. if you stroll further north a large aviary houses a variety of colourful birds. This avaiary is a walk through one but only for the able bodied! We tried to help our son to get inside but his wheelchair was too large to fit in the rotating door! However he still could see the birds from the outside, enjoying their colour and noisy chirping! Also there are public toilets in two places always handy to know if your traveling. One of the toilet blocks nearer the lake edge seems to be open almost all hours. We often stop at Virginia Lake for a rest stop on a trip or make a point of taking a picnic and enjoying the park.