Victoria Esplanade Pathways

Choose Walkway A to explore the heart of a native bush remnant unique to the Manawatū plains. You'll gain the added pleasure of native bird songs and the gentle flow of the nearby Manawatū River. Choose Walkway B for an easier, open pathway leading through the Esplanade's delightful developed gardens and native bush. Open lawn and established shade trees form an ideal spot to lay a picnic blanket and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.

Photo shows family walking along on a limestone pathway underneath leafy trees.

Walkway A (Red)

Track Difficulty Rating: 2  3  4  5   (1 = easy : 5 = difficult)

Distance:  1.35 kilometres

Contour:  Flat with minor undulation

Walkway B (Yellow)

Track Difficulty Rating: 1 2  3  4  5   (1 = easy : 5 = difficult)

Distance: 0.9 kilometres

Contour: Flat

Both walkways

Surface:  Fine gravel

Starting Point:  Victoria Esplanade Drive

Conveniences:  Carpark. Toilets, picnic areas, BBQs, paddling pool and playgrounds nearby

Special Attractions:  Native bush, established gardens

Nearby: Miniature railway, duck ponds, river access, conservatory, aviaries, café

Motorised Trail Bikes or Vehicles
Not permitted on any walkways


Dogs are allowed on some walkways, but not all. Generally dogs are not allowed on the central areas of the Victoria Esplanade, on or around playgrounds or sports fields.

Please look for the following symbols on individual walkway maps:

Symbol - Dog-On-Leash Dogs must be on leash
  • Ensure dogs are under control at all times and do not disturb livestock where walkways pass through rural areas.
  • Please pick up your dog waste and put it in a rubbish bin or take it away with you.