Manawatu is a region of gardeners and there are many botanical masterpieces open to view throughout the year.
Victoria Esplanade is a beautiful and extensive inner city park adjacent to Manawatu River opened to mark Queen Victoria's 60th Jubilee.
The Esplanade Gardens include a cherry drive, an avenue of phoenix palms, Rhododendrons & Camellia garden, plant displays, Dugald McKenzie rose garden, conservatory housing a range of tropical and sub-tropical plants, bird aviaries, nature trails with a number of walks, a large duck pond, free barbeque facilities and children’s paddling pool and playground.
The rose garden has over 5,500 varieties and incorporates the International Rose Trial Grounds.
There are walkways and a miniature railway through native bush.
Daily 8am – 9pm October to March
Daily 8am – 6pm April to September
Contact the Distinction Palmerston North Hotel team for more information about the Victoria Esplanade Gardens. They have a wealth of knowledge about the Manawatu region.