Victoria Esplanade Gardens, Palmerston North

Relax in the serene setting of Victoria Esplanade Gardens, a wooded park on the Manawatu River. Wander along the bush tracks, visit the colorful rose garden and the tropical conservatory, and observe the exotic birds in the aviary. Kids can visit the onsite playground and ride the miniature railway looping through the park. This park also includes facilities for cricket, hockey, and rugby, as well as a smal cafe providing both light snacks and full meals. Plan trip to Palmerston North with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • Great for the whole family. These is a great place for the kids to learn how to ride a bike with working traffic lights.  more »
  • The Gardens are an excellent place to visit for solitude, family fun, a bite to eat, relaxation and photography.There is nothing like listening to bird song from native tuis and seeing a large Kereru ...  more »
  • Lots to see and enjoy in the gardens for everyone. The rose gardens are very special, the bush walks are quiet and cool; the playground and train rides are well patronised by children. Latest addition...  more »
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  • Came to the bike park with 2 kids. Really good area for them to practice with traffic lights and a roundabout. Even has a small off road trail. A few nice shaded areas to watch the kids from but the road area is quite exposed to the sun. Suitable for ages 1 to 10 yrs with bikes and scooters. Helpful having a bike repair station too with tools and air pump.
  • Kids love the upgraded junior playground as well as the added bike track. There are not a lot of park tables and benches around the playground so better bring a picnic rug if planning on a picnic. There are some available near the aviaries though. Nature trail is also a good place to take the kids to learn something about nature, trees and birds around the area. The birds are getting old though. Don't miss going to the conservatory too to see a range plants usually found only in the tropics.
  • This place has very fond memories for me and was lovely to visit while in Palmerston North for Christmas. Everything looks great, except the birds in the prison like cages. Seeing the Cockatoos alone in concrete cells, one in a dirt corner digging a hole, obviously trying to escape, made me cry. Now I live in Australia, where it is a joy to see these intelligent, social birds in the wild. Keeping them in such terrible conditions for people to 'look at' is archaic and cruel. I will be doing all I can to bring this issue up until you do something about it. I also witnessed a woman kicking a duck with one leg and yelled at her to stop! Are there people in Palmerston North who CARE about these birds? If so PLEASE, take action! Also sad to see the garden for the Blind and Deaf gone. A very mixed visit.
  • A great place for family and especially kids and also for large group. This garden / reserve has activities for people of all age. Play grounds for kids, Bush walks for adults and rose garden to relax for old people. There is a toy train track but I am not sure it still runs. There is plenty of parking spaces available and great place for picnic as well. You can easily spend a entire day with friends and family.
  • Yeah it's cool that we have this place but it's lame that every public music event in Palmerston North has to be generic inoffensive jazz and the gardens just have this boring old lady vibe. The birds are cool and they playground has heaps of great stuff like those satellite dish echo things where you talk into the tube and you can hear the other person from across the park, and the giant hamster wheels are mean but I was always too scared to do the full hand stand 360. I actually kind of feel sorry for the birds now that I think of it.
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