Esplanade Scenic Railway
Open weekends, public and school holidays.
Junior Road Safety Park
Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery
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. Open seven days. See the Wildbase website for more info.
Victoria Esplanade is a great place to access the Manawatū River Pathway
Dugald MacKenzie Rose Garden
Opened in 1968, this much-admired garden boasts more than 5,000 roses in named beds, in three sections: the formal rose beds, the New Zealand Rose Society International Rose Trial Grounds, and the plant variety rights collection.
Peter Black Conservatory
Originally constructed in 1941 and refurbished in 2014, the conservatory is home to a range of tropical plants from Africa, the Americas and Oceania, providing a wonderful botanic experience for young and old. There are informative signs on many interesting plants and a “find the frogs” activity for the young - and young at heart. Come in and find out what vanilla plants look like and discover the bug-eating pitcher plants.
There are two free barbecue areas specifically set up for picnics, one in the playground and one in the central area near Wildbase and the paddling pool. With free electric BBQs, picnic tables, and plenty of space, it’s a great place for a family outing.
This historic building was a post office in a previous life. Now the park's café, it's also available for events and functions. You'll find it in the middle of the Esplanade, close to the rose gardens, paddling pool and Wildbase. A great place to start or finish your Esplanade adventure!
Park opening hours
October to March: 8am to 9pm
April to September: 8am to 6pm
Gates locked at night.
Dogs are prohibited near Wildbase Recovery, the children's playground and paddling pool, and the surrounding sportsgrounds: Fitzherbert, Manawaroa and Ongley Parks.
Entry via Park Road, Manawaroa Street or Fitzherbert Avenue.