Set rurally 11kms from the centre of Whanganui, Bason Botanic Gardens covers 25 hectares and is rated a ‘Garden of Significance’ by the New Zealand Gardens Trust. It includes one of the most extensive public garden orchid collections in New Zealand and unique conservatory archictecture. Its history is that of a magnanimous gift from Stanley and Blanche Bason to the Wanganui City in 1966. The Millennium Hill is planted with a Mediterranean theme and enhanced with sculpture. Open daily from 8:00am until dusk, there are extensive plantings of native and exotic trees and is popular for wedding ceremonies. Free BBQ’s and picnic areas and a number of walking trails make this is a great family place.