Virginia Lake Whanganui

Virginia Lake Whanganui

One of Wanganui’s premier parks, Virginia Lake (Rotokawau)

One of Whanganui’s premier parks, Virginia Lake Whanganui (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.

One of the beautiful attractions at Virginia Lake Whanganui is the Higginbottom Fountain, which is lit at night and gently changes between colours.

The Winter Gardens is an all-year-round attraction with colourful displays whatever the season or weather. Entry is FREE and hours of operation are Monday to Sunday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Adjoining the Winter Gardens is the Art Garden which combines an intriguing blend of sculpture and garden art. Please note Dogs are not allowed in Virginia Lake.

Funky Duck Café operates out of Virginia Lake Reserve. Its opening hours are Monday to Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm and they can be contacted on +64 6 348 4799.

Add in a children’s playground and this makes Virginia Lake (Rotokawau) one of Wanganui’s most popular attractions. There are three public toilets located at Virginia Lake (Rotokawau). The toilet in the Winter Gardens opens at 7:15am. Toilets are also located on the west side of the lake and on the city side of the lake. These are open 24 hours.

Virginia Lake whanganui

  • Package Deal

    A 25 minute woodland walk around the lake. The birdlife, both on and around the water, complemented by an aviary.

  • Self-Contained

    Babbage Place car park near Virginia Lake is a great camping site for overnighters. Enjoy the lovely view of the Higginbotthom Fountain and experience the quiet atmosphere around you!

  • Ice-Cream Crave

    A local secret – after you have enjoyed the lake, carry on out to Windermere Farm (5 mins north) for freshly picked berries, a range of frozen berries, or delight the children with Pick Your Own! Windermere Berry Farm

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Virginia Lake Reserve,
110 Great N Rd,
St Johns Hill,
Whanganui 4500

Winter Gardens : Monday-Sunday: 9.00am to 5.00pm

Funky Duck Cafe: Monday-Sunday: 10.00am to 5.00pm

0800 92 64 26
1 hour
No Dogs, Parking Available, Bushwalks, Cafe, Toilets, Playground, Wildlife, Picnic Facilities, Gardens, Disabled Access, Family Friendly

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