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“Just a Beautiful Place to be”

Victoria Esplanade Gardens
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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130 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Just a Beautiful Place to be”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

You can park near the entrance to the motor camp like we did and walk or just park in the esplanade itself,Plenty of parking available. Walk along the river walkway and up through one of the many paths around. Plenty of toilets around and very wheelchair friendly in most places.
Rose garden area just super with plenty of lawn area for the kids to run around.
Love the hot house with the fantastic selection of plants and little waterfall and yes you can now take someone here in a wheel chair. Plenty of seating available and lots of birds to look at and l know the Bird Aviary area is looking a little run down but l think its supposed to be getting an upgrade.A nice cafe to stop off and have a cuppa or just bring a picnic lunch down or have a barbecue.
A fantastic place to be anytime but in the summer even better and with the play area for the kids and the train rides in the weekends and holidays you could spend quite a few hours here easily.

Visited May 2014
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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105 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“excellent cafe in the midst of the only real garden park in Palmerston North”
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.

Visited January 2014
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New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful!”
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.

Visited October 2013
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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60 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Lots of space and plenty for everyone!”
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.

Visited May 2014
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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“Never-ending”
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.

Visited May 2014
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