Virginia Lake

One of Whanganui’s premier parks, Rotokawau Virginia Lake Reserve 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 open flight 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. 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.

Add in a children’s playground and this makes Rotokawau Virginia Lake Reserve one of Whanganui’s most popular attractions. There are three public toilets located on the reserve. The toilet beside 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.

Park Facilities

Children's Play Area
Free parking
Historic Building
Nature Reserve
Nature Walks
Picnic Area
Public Transport Links
Walking Routes
Green Flag
Award Winner
Managing Organisation
Whanganui District Council
Wendy Bainbridge
0800 92 64 26