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“feed the ducks”(35 reviews)
“bird aviary”(23 reviews)
“winter garden”(32 reviews)
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Great North Road, Whanganui, New Zealand
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 16 October 2015

The walk around the lake at this time of the year is delightful - ducklings, cygnets and all the other bird life - certainly a very pleasant exercise opportunity

2  Thank 649janek
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

I found it a lovely place to go and view the wild life there of ducks and there is a lovely cafe there. If the weather is lovely having a lovely walk and then take in the sun. maybe take a picnic. The children love...More

1  Thank lindagarrood
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a great place to go and just sit and relax on a nice day and maybe read a book or just enjoy the beauty of the lake and the surrounding gardens. Well worth a visit.

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 8 October 2018

Virginia Lake is so lovely both to walk around it viewing the pukeko chicks along the way, plus white swans, grebes and ducks, not to mention the glasshouse and the bronze statues around the place, plus a bird aviary

Thank Judith B
Reviewed 7 October 2018

I've always just popped here on my way through Whanganui, however, this time I took the time and walked right around the lake. Totally worth it. You get some great scenes, romantic spots, and views of the wildlife in their habitat. If you go to...More

Thank Ann Marie G
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Such a beautiful peaceful lake. So nice to walk around and an awesome relaxing place to have a picnic with friends

Thank leoniehastings
Reviewed 7 August 2018

This is an awesome place, you can walk all the way around it. Feeding the ducks, have a coffee or something to eat at the café, lovely way to spend a day. The fountain is amazing, especially at night

Thank tahneze
Reviewed 30 July 2018

My son enjoyed the opportunity to re-visit this childhood haunts recently and Virginia Lake did not disappoint. Even though the winter weather could have charitably been described as "iffy", the waters rippled and sparkled when the wan sun occasionally poked its head out of the...More

1  Thank Perry B
Reviewed 21 July 2018

What a wonderful way to spend sometime, wandered around, ate at the cafe, fed the ducks, took photos, went through the aviary and just took it all in. Huge place and was amazing to be amongst some of my favourite animals, birds, right around me...More

Thank Danni82
Reviewed 18 July 2018 via mobile

Loved our walk around the lake. A beautiful scenic location. It was good to visit again. We often went here over 30 years ago when we lived in Wanganui.

Thank PatF688
Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

One of the best attractions in Wanganui. Great for all ages playground by the bird Avery. Winter gardens full of bright flowers all year round. Walk around the lake feed the ducks. The Colourful lights and fountain are a spectacular display at night.

Thank Lara J
Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

As I mentioned in my last review its a good walk for a family to do especially for a family with young kids as they will be in an environment that can learn a lot about nature and become more aware of there surroundings and...More

Thank D5081GWpatrickb
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