Manawatu's fertile soil and rural landscapes are home to a number of tranquil, beautiful gardens.
For bushwalks and birdsong, head to Manawatu's Pohangina Heights Gardens in beautiful Pohangina Valley. Known for its glorious sunsets and tranquil setting, this garden offers the perfect place for relaxing, photography, and picnics - and are particularly colourful in Spring. The Fragrant Garden celebrates useful and fragrant plants; while The Ridges is known for its variety of unusual plants. For lovers of lavender, don't miss Piazza Verde - where you'll find fields of vibrant purple, as well as passionate owners who love to share their knowledge.
At Cross Hills Gardens in Kimbolton, you can walk around a park-like landscape that includes one of the world's finest collections of rhododendrons and azaleas - there are over 2,000 varieties on display. Many other rare trees, shrubs and perennials have been planted to ensure there's something to see in every season. A garden on a grand scale can be found in the city of Palmerston North. The Victoria Esplanade Gardens were opened to mark Queen Victoria's 60th Jubilee. Features include a large duck pond, a cherry drive and an avenue of phoenix palms. The rose garden has over 5,500 varieties and incorporates the International Rose Trial Grounds. There are walkways and a miniature railway through native bush.
The Gardens of Manawatu Brochure, along with an extensive database of private and public gardens open for viewing is available at i-site Palmerston North and Feilding and District Information Centre.