Queen Elizabeth Park

The Wairarapa

Planted in 1877, Queen Elizabeth Park is perfect for stretching your legs. Walk around the lake, assess the blooms in the Hosking Garden, see if the little train is running or practise your slip catches on the cricket oval. If the kids have been cooped-up in the car, make a beeline for the playground.

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