Cooks Gardens

Cooks Gardens is a well-known athletics and cycling venue on the southwest side of downtown Whanganui. The venue is famous as the location where Peter Snell set the world record for the fastest mile run in the 1960s.

A park flows up the steep hill from the city side, separating the two stadiums. Walk up the steps through the substantial commemorative entrance on Hill Street and look for the small plaque noting Peter Snell’s success. Further up the path is another war monument, this time to NZ’s involvement in the Boer War of the early 1900s. A good view is alongside the bell tower at the top of the hill.

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