Best NZ Day Trips; Bushy Park Sanctuary, Whanganui

Just outside of Whanganui is Bushy Park Sanctuary. It’s a gorgeous sanctuary of land for native birds and plants with a homestead attached.

When you arrive, you drive through a gated section which is locked off to protect the wildlife in the area. It feels a bit like you’re entering Jurassic Park.

We made our way to one of the tracks with a view out to Kapiti island. There’s a number of tracks at the property with varying lengths and difficulties. The land is just gorgeous. The air is fresh, the birds are singing and the trees are magnificent. Some of the giant Rata trees are more than 500 years old!

The homestead and grounds are in great condition and the guys who work there are more than happy to give you a tour and tell you their stories. Mr Moore who built the house in 1906 was very thoughtful in the design of the property. Unfortunately for Mr Moore, his wife to be passed away on the boat to NZ from London. The stained glass window on the entrance is his memorial to her and he remained a bachelor the rest of his days.

Mr Moore threw grand parties (think Great Gatsby style) and you can see the heel points of many a visiting lady in the wood and original lino at the property. How I would have loved to attended one of those parties!

I would have liked to have stayed for a scone but we had to hit the road. They are fully licensed too if you want to make a meal of it and of course there is accommodations at the homestead..

The walks are free and it’s only a donation to visit the homestead. A lovely day out.

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