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“excellent cafe in the midst of the only real garden park in Palmerston North”

Victoria Esplanade Gardens
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

As is usual in Palmerston North, the green areas are slowly given up to commercial (carparks) and sport activities usage. There are different gardens within Victoria Esplanade and the Rose Garden is the most outstanding. There is a fern garden too. The walk along the Manawatu River extends for several miles and is frequented by joggers and cyclists.
Of note is the Cafe within the middle of the park: it is striving for a general store/cafe sort of feel and is successful as such. The Christmas decor is well known and people troupe there during the season to hear the Candelight concert and see the newest Christmas decor. The ice cream is the best in the country, and specially chosen by the Cafe's owner Glen Vivian.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

I love the magnificent old trees at the Esplanade and, in particular, the rose garden. There is plenty of space for children to run and play, a paddling pool and nice lawns for picnicking. All-in-all, a nice relaxing way to spend a few hours on a fine day.

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

The Esplanade is a lovely area for everyone. The playground is spacious and has activities all the kids can enjoy. The miniature train is fun and the botanical gardens and birds are lovely. Short bush walks burn all that energy the kids have! Really enjoyable time had at the Esplanade.

Thank 556Family
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

The esplanade in Palmerston North is frankly the best park I have ever been to in NZ. There is something for everyone. Huge playgrounds, ride on trains, bush walks, feed the ducks, rose gardens, aviaries of birds, glass houses, paddling pool, miles of grass to play sport on, yummy cafe with Icecream and to top it off there's tidy public toilets and good car parking around the park. Something for everyone and hours of fun.

Thank EmmaSm89
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

Victoria Esplanade Gardens is a great place to visit with children. There is an interesting playground (including trampolines and forts), a forest of native trees to wander through, views of the Manawatu River from a lookout, an aviary, and some very well established, beautiful trees to admire. We visited in autumn which offered its own unique and very colourful hue of the gardens. Best of all, it's free.

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