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“Great easy walk”
Review of Virginia Lake

Virginia Lake
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$41.20*
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Half-Day Whanganui Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Whanganui
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

Virginia Lake is in the city on State Highway 3 - the road to New Plymouth. It is less than one kilometre from the main street. The lake many years back was the water supply for the city. The walk is about 2 kilometres on a flat well-maintained path, which goes right around the lake, bringing you back to the main road. The lake has many varieties of wild bird life, probably dominated by ducks. The walk is through bush-clad tracks, but with views of the lake throughout the walk. There is a place to get refreshments before or after the walk and also an enclosed winter garden area with magnificent begonias and other semi-tropical flowers. Total walk time around 20 - 30 minutes. Adjacent to the lake is a large bird aviary with a large variety of birds. You can walk into the aviary and be amongst the birds. An enclosed play area for small children is beside the aviary. At night much of the lake area is lit up until around 10pm with coloured lighting set in many of the trees. It all looks quite stunning at night.

Thank Geoffrey T
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Loved the birds, ducks swans, the most amazing feeling of piece. Wonderful hot house of plants, and garden Art amazing.

Thank M and P S
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

This lake is worth the effort. A walk around the lake will amaze you with bush, flowers. ducks etc. When you return you can go across the road for a cuppa. Great spot

Thank Ted L
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

A fantastic spot to relax, be calm and enjoy.. Nice family picnic spot, free parking and the winter gardens next door hosting a gorgeous christmas themed garden and some very clever art work.. really enjoyed it..

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Reviewed November 18, 2013

Excellent aviary and a pleasant stroll around the lake was most enjoyable on a warm day.
Plenty of bird life around and on the water to see.

Thank Tom C
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