Lake Westmere Whanganui
Designated wildlife refuge
Located on Rapanui Road on the way towards Bason Botanic Gardens, the designated wildlife refuge of Westmere Lake provides a rare opportunity to see native birds in their natural environment along with a walk around the lake.
Lake Westmere is a Whanganui District Council (WDC) reserve. There is a 9ha lake within a 20ha area of bush and tracks surrounded by farmland. The area has a lot of historical significance from early Wanganui Maori to early Wanganui city days. A previous water supply for the city and pool for Westmere School, the reserve contains a mix of native and exotic species of plants and birds. Many of the exotic plant species add to the social history of the area.
Other lakes in Whanganui include Virginia Lake, one of Whanganui’s premier parks. Virginia Lake (Rotokawau) offers a range of activities including a 25 minute woodland walk around the lake. The birdlife, both on and around the water, is a major attraction and this is complemented by an aviary.
Another famous one on our list is Lake Wiritoa, one of three coastal dune lakes a few minutes south of Whanganui and a major recreation area for the city. It was once known as “Dutch Lagoon.
Don’t forget to checkout the Gordon Park Scenic Reserve. This small reserve is a precious sample of a lowland forest type which was once common in the area. The reserve features a flat and well-formed track and is home to an interesting array of birds. Although Gordon Park Scenic Reserve is a relatively small reserve at 14.5 hectares, it is a precious sample of lowland forest type which was once common in the area. The walk offers a bush experience that walks you through species such as matai, totara, titoki, tawa, kowhai and kahikatea. The reserve is also home to an interesting array of birds.
Spare 30 min
A wildlife refuge providing the natural environment for wildfowl and native birds, making an enjoyable half hour walk around the lake.
for you to find out
There is another Lake which offers a range of activiites including a 25min woodland walk with birdlife both on and around water. Find it out and visit them both!
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