Discover the Lovely Victoria Esplanade Gardens

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Time take to explore the Victoria Esplanade Garden

The Victoria Esplanade Gardens are described as a Walker’s Wonderland and a Gardener’s Delight.  They cover 19 hectares along the southern entrance of Palmerston North.

Discover the Lovely Victoria Esplanade Gardens
Discover the Lovely Victoria Esplanade Gardens

They consist of playgrounds, aviary, scenic railway, pond, rose garden, native bush, fernery, conservatory, plus more.  Allow an hour at least if you want to walk around the entire area.  The Cafe Esplanade is the perfect spot when you’re ready to rest and grab a cuppa and something to eat.

Enjoy a cuppa at the Cafe
Enjoy a cuppa at the Cafe

The playgrounds have lots of activities with different playgrounds for different age groups.  We love the roads and traffic lights for the younger bike riders.  The cute padding pool is available during the summer time.

Traffic Lights at the Bike Park
Traffic Lights at the Bike Park

Opposite the duck pond is the Peter Black Conservatory which is worth a visit.  And in the conservatory, try and find the five hidden frogs – we only found four.  The conservatory was nice and warm – especially when we visited on a particularly cold winter day.

Find the hidden frogs
Find the hidden frogs

Pathways – short and long

When you’re ready to walk the gardens, pick a pathway.  Either the shorter 0.9km pathway or the longer 1.35km pathway.  Make sure you walk the Forest and Bird Nature Trail – very informative.  Most of the paths are easy walking though smaller paths that connect to the larger paths are less level.  Otherwise, just spend time wandering around the various pathways.  We can’t wait to return when the flowers are blooming.

Entrance to Victoria Gardens
Entrance to Victoria Gardens

If you really want to continue biking or walking the gardens connect to the Manawatu River pathways.  They will take you to other biking and walking routes and you can keep on going for miles.  The pathway from Paneiri Park to Riverside Drive is 9kms.

Duck Pond
Duck Pond

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