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Victoria Esplanade Gardens

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Address: Manawaroa St, Fitzherbert Ave & Park Rd, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Phone Number: 356 8199
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Excellent Park

A wonderful park with numerous walks. Great place to play Palmy Rocks, which my granddaughter is right into. Found several and re-placed them. Such fun. Had lunch at the café then... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Karin C
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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142 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful park with numerous walks. Great place to play Palmy Rocks, which my granddaughter is right into. Found several and re-placed them. Such fun. Had lunch at the café then went to the rose garden and took some photos and then on to the awesome playground. My granddaughter got me into the hamster wheel which was so funny, needless... More 

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

fabulous playground for the kids, beautiful rose gardens, and duck ponds! Right by the river and close to town.

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here to ride on the train around the gardens. It was just as good as last time we were here. The playground was missing the flying fox and one of the pieces of equipment had a chain on it. So this playground was more suited to younger children for whom there were still plenty of things to play... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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70 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a busy week in Palmy for me but this little oasis on the edge of town washed all my stress away. Trees, walks, ducks, sports fields, river and fresh air. A great resource and well worth spending time tehre.

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Thank Eoghan O
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good gardens ! Lots of different equipment to suit kids of all ages. Also has a track for walks if you wish :) very big gardens and well maintained. Clean toilets too.

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice setting, but service is quite slow and food average. Also tried to arrange a potential event but did not hear from the person i met with to start plans.

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Thank Tracey S
Invercargill, New Zealand
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Beautiful rhododendrans, wonderful children's playground and beautiful walkways. Accessible for people in wheel chairs.

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Romsey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

This is a quiet and peaceful spot to enjoy in the sunshine. The gardens cover a wide area along the river and are very well laid out and cared for. My visit was in early spring, so a lot of the plants were not in bloom. There is an extensive rose garden that had only just started to flower. I... More 

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Thank JRKernow
Wanganui
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157 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Situated just outside the CBD and on the banks of the Manawatu River, this is a peaceful and tranquil park, there is a playground for the kids and BBQs available. The is a café and a great train ride. Take a walk around the park and enjoy it

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This Cafe has over the years had an inconsistent record,but more recently has been a real pleasure to visit.Cheerful staff with a much improved menu and reliability.Well done current management and staff.

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