Virginia Lake, Whanganui

Stroll along the verdant, forest-lined shores of tranquil Virginia Lake, or stop by the onsite winter gardens, home to many tropical and exotic plants. Admire the various sculptures, feed the ducks, swans, and geese on the water, and visit their brightly colored cousins in the aviary. If you're feeling peckish, stop by the cafe for coffee and cake. Don't forget to bring coins to turn on the fountain. Our Whanganui road trip planning website makes visiting Virginia Lake and other Whanganui attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We stayed in Wanganui and walked here from town. Approximately 20 minutes from Victoria Street. It will be a good stop if you drive further west as the park is located at the HW 3. Lots of birds, duck...  more »
  • What a lovely place to stop to look at the ducks and swans. A gentle stop to look at the birds in the aviary and see what they get up to.. At the end of the day is a peaceful time when the birds are r...  more »
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  • What a magical place for walks picnic with family etc etc. Beautiful walk around the lake well maintained clean tidy. Just love going for walks around here. Lovely winter garden and bird sanctuary. Must visit when you are in whanganui.
  • Virginia Lake is an excellent place to wind down, whether that be a walk around the lake, or a stop at the nearby coffee shop further up the bank. There are numerous wildlife living in and by the lake, many of which will come up to you. The greenery is well-kept, and it is a pleasure to see as you walk around the outskirts of the lake.
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