Winter Gardens Whanganui

Winter Gardens Whanganui

An Art Deco styled conservatory and outdoor display area.

The Virginia Lake Reserve is home to the Winter Gardens, an Art Deco styled conservatory and outdoor display area with floral, fern and water features. It is known for its colourful tropical plants and themed gardens.
A great place to visit year-round whatever the season or the weather with an adjacent café established in the former park manager’s house.

The Centennial Winter Gardens were opened in 1940 to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. Adjoining are three small outdoor display areas in a walled Art Garden combining sculpture and art. Some of the pieces have been designed by local art students. Entry is free and the Winter Gardens are open from 9:00am to 5:00pm every day.

Permanent plantings are highlighted with changing displays of colourful flowering annuals which vary each season. A favourite with children, there is a small tunnel inside the hothouse and various statuettes and gnomes hidden away amongst the flowers and water features.

winter gardens whanganui

  • All year

    The Winter Gardens at Virginia Lake, Whanganui, are open all year for your enjoyment!

  • Garden Art

    Not only just flowers, there are also art displays and sculptures to discover here.

  • Secret

    Small in size but fun for kids and adults alike, see if you can find the secret tunnel!

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

Monday – Sunday:
9:00am – 5:00pm

0800 92 64 26
30 minutes
Parking Available, Cafe, Gardens, Family Friendly

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