Victoria Esplanade

Palmerston North
All year round

With native bush, lush landscaping and beautiful gardens, the Esplanade offers a relaxing gentle walk through interesting surroundings, no matter your age or ability.

Many of the pathways through the park are buggy and wheelchair-friendly. Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery provides shelter and world-class care for native wildlife to rehabilitate after treatment at Massey University’s Wildbase Hospital. Entry is free, and there’s plenty to discover! With four rehabilitation aviaries on public view, two breeding aviaries for whio and pāteke and a walkthrough aviary which is home to a variety of native birds and ancient tuatara, you’re in for a treat. The Junior Road Safety Park is a great way for those aged 2-10 to learn basic road safety and gain confidence. One of the park’s most popular attractions, the 2.2km miniature railway is run by volunteers, with stations at the playground and near the Lido. Keep your eyes peeled for its special events, open weekends, public and school holidays. A small charge for this feature.



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Victoria Esplanade


1 Palm Drive
West End
Palmerston North




Wheelchair access but you may need a power chair to access some areas. No wheelchair access to river. Dogs are prohibited near Wildbase Recovery, the children's playground and paddling pool, and the surrounding sportsgrounds: Fitzherbert, Manawaroa and Ongley Parks.


Lots of parking but is limited for rear entry vans.

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