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RAPAURA Watergardens

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586 Tapu-Coroglen Road | Rd5, Thames 3575, New Zealand
+64 7-868 4821
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Beautiful gardens and walk. Great cheesecake. Lovely hosts. Loved the whole experience. Well worth... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2017
Karen G
via mobile

An amazing tranquil paradise, a hidden gem that needs to be seen. Kiwi hospitality, that is... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2017
Martin D
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A mature property, which has evolved over more than 45 years, Rapaura Watergardens offers something for everyone; native trees, ferns, seasonal flora, lily ponds, meandering walks over lush green lawns, bridges and streams, garden sculptures by an award winning artist and a relaxing bush walk to a cascading waterfall, ‘The Seven Stairs to Heaven’.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lily ponds” (11 reviews)
586 Tapu-Coroglen Road | Rd5, Thames 3575, New Zealand
+64 7-868 4821
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Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Beautiful gardens and walk. Great cheesecake. Lovely hosts. Loved the whole experience. Well worth a visit.

Thank Karen G
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

An amazing tranquil paradise, a hidden gem that needs to be seen. Kiwi hospitality, that is absolutely outstanding! From the hospitality, to the fantastic amazing cuisine, to the bush/English garden's ALL are welcoming and outstanding. The water fall's is one of many "garden" highlights!

Thank Martin D
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

A must see. The owners were delightful. The walk took about 45 minutes. Took lots of photos. You will be glad you stopped.

Thank Sandy W
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

We visited the garden in early spring so it is a pity we couldn't see any water lilies... the garden is well maintained, and suitable for all age groups. Feeding the ducks was fun. It was funny to see the ducks running towards you when...More

Thank Jane Z
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

This place was a real surprise, set a little way along the tapu to coroglen road these water gardens offer a little piece of tranquillity. The gardens are a 30 minute walk or a 45 minute amble through some very well natural bush and neatly...More

1  Thank msjhtravelling
Reviewed 3 August 2017

A scenic drive from Thames! The narrow entrance road skirted a lovely little river and provided many interesting views. The gardens themselves were beautiful. You could choose a shorter walk through a beautifully established, very natural garden with many different kinds of water features. Then...More

1  Thank colleenth2017
Reviewed 18 May 2017

well worth a visit, just off the beaten track. We will go back when the water lillies are out. Good parking for the motor home. Gardens well maintained but at a natural level so not too manicured, this probably takes more effort than those that...More

Thank AlisonKilvaree
Reviewed 2 May 2017

My friend, who was visiting from overseas, and I visited the gardens on a sunny afternoon and we really enjoyed the different scenery. My friend also wanted to eat mussels and the brochure showed that these were on the menu in the onsite restaurant. She...More

Thank Iris B
Reviewed 1 May 2017

After several days of adventure, this was a calm reprieve. It was an easy yet rewarding walk. Different at every turn, it featured native and other flowering plants along with waterfalls, ponds, and streams.

Thank Erik S
Reviewed 29 April 2017

We had a great stay at the Rapaura Watergardens. We're here for the World Master's Games #WMG2017 and touring abit beforehand. This was a unique introduction to the verdant foliage of New Zealand. The house was lovely.

Thank Ross H
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Sonia K
17 October 2017|
Response from Sandy W | Reviewed this property |
I think they were asking$25 each. I remember thinking it was worth it.
1 December 2016|
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Response from Gloria T | Reviewed this property |
Adults $15 Children $6 and family $36 ( 2 adults & 2 children
Dend B
17 May 2016|
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Response from Robert H | Reviewed this property |
Hi there and sorry I have not seen your query. There were no signs that restricted dogs but there are many ducks walking around and begging you to feed them. Best to answer that question are the gardens themselves. Enjoy... More