Must See in Wanganui 

Lakes and Reserves

Virginia Lake

A beautiful 25 minute woodland walk around this lake, located on St Johns Hill. It features the Statue of Tainui (take the time to read the inscription), a band rotunda, twin bridges, rose and wisteria pergolas. At night the trees are softly illuminated and for just 50c the fountain erupts in a spectacular display

There is also A bird Santuary and adventure park, cafe on site.

Only 3 km from Park

Bason Botanical Gardens

Visitors can drive or walk around the gardens, enjoy the lake and birdlife as well as the botanic features. In a rural setting 11km from town, the park is open (with free entry), daily from 8.00am till dusk. Picnic areas with free gas-fired barbecues are sheltered with extensive plantings of native and exotic trees. The formal area has three conservatories (open 9am till 4.30pm) and is rated of regional significance by the New Zealand Gardens Trust.


Bushy Park

Bushy Park includes 90 hectares of pristine native forest, and ‘Ratanui’, believed to be the largest rata tree in the Southern Hemisphere. With a predator fence around the Reserve, this ‘mainland island’ is a forest sanctuary and Kiwi Creche.  Enquire about the Kiwi Tours. Walking tracks are well maintained, with friendly native birds almost certain escorts through the lush forest. The entry fee includes a visit to the magnificent 1906 Edwardian homestead in near-original condition. Here, you can enjoy teas or lunches or stay overnight as in a bygone era.

Arts and culture 

Sarjeant Gallery 

Visit the highly-renowned Sarjeant Gallery, discover one of New Zealand’s most beautiful heritage buildings. On the hill in Queens Park – the heart of art, culture and heritage in Wanganui, this magnificent neo-classical building is built in a distinctive Greek cross shape with 13m-high central dome. It is widely recognised for the quality of its natural lighting. Home to 6000 artworks including historic, international and New Zealand art, its dynamic contemporary art focuses strongly on New Zealand photography. Enjoy a diverse range of exhibitions in this architectural gem.

Glass Art

Rapidly developing as a glass destination, Wanganui is home to a thriving, active glass community, with over 30 practising glass artists. Many exhibit nationally and are known on the international scene. The flourishing glass movement in the region has developed through its strong association with the Wanganui Glass School, the only place in New Zealand where full-time study of glass is an option. 

There are many art studios in Wanganui to visit to see these amazing artists at work.


Guest Testimonials

5 of 5 starsThis place ticks all the boxes… a ‘realistic’ cost for overnight campervans.
Immaculate toilets, showers, kitchen areas… believe me this makes a huge difference to your stay.
Tidy sites very well taken care of gardens, with fresh herbs near the kitchen to help yourself to, we have never seen this before at nay camping ground!
Friendly helpful staff.
I would stay here again and highly recommend this to campers!!

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple


We had a dog and because we were travelling for a tournament weren’t sure about who would be going and how long for. So not the ideal guests but rather than be annoyed by this the owner offered us a nicer room. My kids won’t stop talking about great this place is – praise they normally save for 5 star hotels.

Stayed October 2014

This place ticks all the boxes for us and they remembered us from other visits. Showers and toilets lovely and clean. Kitchen has everything you need. We will be back to stay as the manager is a lovely lady and the rates arent to bad.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple

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