Bason Botanic Gardens Whanganui

Bason Botanic Gardens

Wide open spaces, free gas BBQ facilities and attractive environment.

Set rurally 11kms from the centre of Whanganui, Bason Botanic Gardens covers 25 hectares and is rated a “Garden of Significance” by the New Zealand Gardens Trust. The gardens have developed since 1971 and various forms of unique architecture and art have become a feature.

It includes one of the most extensive public garden orchid collections in New Zealand and heritage brick conservatory architecture.

The history of Bason Botanic Gardens is that of a magnanimous gift from Stanley and Blanche Bason to the Wanganui City in 1966. Initially living off the land, this couple had a good vegetable garden, orchard, plenty of ducks, pheasants and pukeko and watercress from the creek. As their farm become more profitable following World War II, they were able to develop the Homestead and English Garden into almost an acre of camellia, roses, delphiniums, a scented garden and more.

Bason Botanic gardens whanganui


    Come enjoy the tastefully built free Gas BBQ’s, plenty of room for the whole family!

  • Garden Art

    The gardens are dotted with scultptures – you will never know just what you will find on your wanders!

  • Easy Walks

    The beautiful gardens are surrounded and crossed by easy walking tracks, and for the more agile there are more adventerous walks through bush!

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552 Rapanui Rd,
Westmere 4574

Open Daily
8:00am – Dusk

open daily
9:00am to 4:30pm

0800 92 64 26
Enjoy at your pace!
No Dogs, Parking Available, BBQ Facilities, Bushwalks, Cycling, Toilets, Wildlife, Picnic Facilities, Gardens, Disabled Access, Family Friendly

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