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“Beautiful place to spend time in.”
Review of Virginia Lake

Virginia Lake
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$39.48*
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Half-Day Whanganui Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #1 of 31 things to do in Whanganui
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful place to spend time in.”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

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.

Visited September 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Lovely park”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

Have always entered the park from Highway 5 (Great North Road) in the past but took a different approach from Virginia Road this time. It's worthwhile doing the "Top Track" as it gives a better view from St Johns Hill.

Visited October 2012
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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fun and Free”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

It's free! There is a variety of attractions from the lake itself with ducks and swans, the pay fountain, the walk around lake, the beautiful gardens, aviary with many colourful birds - it's a great family environment.

Visited October 2012
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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 reviews
“cold but nice”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

good park for kids to play round in and nice to talk with the crazy cockatoos. kids loved seeing the swan/ducks in the lake too.

Visited September 2012
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New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Glorious piece of Whanganui”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

Absolutely loved this walk - at a brisk pace, it takes about 25 minutes. Amazing bird life too - from swans and ducks to geese and Pukeko - and amazingly tame as well. The plantings are beautifully maintained and there are two walks - one immediately surrounding the lake and the other slightly higher up - a little longer and a broader track. It's a credit to the city.

Visited September 2012
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