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Bason Botanic Gardens

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Great for a picnic or comfort stop in your camper van in beautiful garden setting and wide open spaces and a lovely beach up the road.

Reviewed 5 days ago
Whanganui, New Zealand

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Whanganui, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great for a picnic or comfort stop in your camper van in beautiful garden setting and wide open spaces and a lovely beach up the road.

Thank Rayfive1958
Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Take a short detour off the State Highway and visit this garden. It can be driven around for those short on time, or limited in mobility. There is a lovely formal garden, hothouses and numerous garden zones featuring, rhodedendrons, natives, ferns and various other plants. There's a lake, Japanese Tea House, barbeque area and a large green space for games.... More 

Thank Colin and Carol... W
Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Beautiful gardens with plenty of plants to interest most people. Its one drawback was that there were few plant identification labels.

Thank RonKupe
Whanganui, New Zealand
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37 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Excellent place to do short walks, convenient parking with lovely orchid collections :) if you lazy like me...a good drive around will do :)

Thank Nilesh W
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Our drive made us wish we had more time to spend there. I think that at least half a day would be needed to really appreaciate the park. My wife stopped the car and took quite a few photos.

Thank Peter M
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73 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

This is a huge garden with both indoor and outdoor exhibits. It is located on the outskirts of Wanganui, so a car is needed to get there. Don't miss the orchid garden with all its different types of orchids. Also the tropical gardens with their begonias.

Thank yank
New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 8 March 2017

A good asset left to Whanganui by Stanley and Blanche Bason. We didnt have a lot of time there but saw the beautiful orchids and extensive plantings of native trees.

Thank Elijah01NewZealand
Derby, United Kingdom
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616 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

The garden is11km outside of Wanganui. It is huge and spread over a large area of ups and downs. The are different styles of gardens and plant houses. Interesting buildings. The gardens and park are immaculate with many interesting plants, but there was no one there public or staff. Spookily empty but we enjoyed it.

Thank old_romantics_2000
Manchester England
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Although a little way out of Wanganui these gardens are well worth a visit if you are ta all interested in gardening. We spent a few hours there an could have spent longer except that the rain started coming down rather heavily. The grade is a mixture of flowers, shrubs and trees and is looked after by volunteers.

Thank Humphrey_Wright
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40 reviews
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

you need a car to get here and around to see the full expanse. DIY, no need for a formal tour per se. Parking near the entry offered easy, flat walking to the museum, hot houses and cottage gardens. interesting to read the history of the place. pretty flowers in hot houses and cottage garden - even on a drizzly... More 

Thank ZaraMarque

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