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RAPAURA Watergardens

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Address: 586 Tapu-Coroglen Road | RD5, Thames 3575, New Zealand
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+64 7-868 4821

A mature property, which has evolved over more than 45 years, Rapaura...

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’.

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Stunning gardens and lovely accomodations for two couples or a family

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... read more

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Ross H
Medina, Washington, United States
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Medina, Washington, United States
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

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.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a walk in Rapaura watergardens and enjoyed it. Weather was perfect and I guess because it was off season, it wasn't busy which made it even more enjoyable. The main attraction for me was the seven stairs to heaven waterfall- beautiful Takes about an hour.

1 Thank Esther S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove from Whangamata to the gardens (about 1 hr 20 drive) and enjoyed a most pleasant time exploring the gardens, then also did the walk (about 20 mins one way) to the waterfall. Total time spent was 2 hours, which was neither rushed nor too expansive for teenagers who can get bored quickly! We did not purchase anything to... More 

1 Thank Richard R
Tamworth, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a morning looking around these gardens. Beautifully maintained. Walked up to the seven stairs to heaven waterfall. Enjoyed the morning even though it rained most of the time we were there. Had morning tea at the restaurant there. Would recommend.

1 Thank RosieB562014
Blountville, Tennessee
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130 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't forget to take your camera as a picture is worth a thousand words. They will give you some food for the ducks and they will follow you everywhere.

1 Thank EvanLewis
Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Had a very nice lunch at the cafe followed by a walk around the gardens. Not sure that the gardens are quite worth the $15 admission, but they were nice to look at, and the waterfall was very pretty.

Thank Nat-a-tat-tat-a-lie
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

you share your walk with birds, ducks and the sound of water. Very peaceful. Do not forget to stop at the cafe; it is worth it.

1 Thank An V
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

We spent a really enjoyable few hours here. Great meal in the restaurant - a delicious curry soup and fresh local flounder. Beautifully cooked and lovely flavours accompanied by home made bread. Then walked round the delightful gardens and through the bush walk to the waterfalls. The owner was charming and spent time telling us the history of the gardens.... More 

1 Thank AnnieLJ85
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Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Some friends recommended this garden before we left the UK. Glad we followed their advice. The drive across the Tapu-Coroglen road was interesting, i.e. a scary dirt road with tight corners, but a lot a fun all the same. The gardens were fantastic, assuming you like tropical gardens. The walk to the waterfalls were also worth the 30 minute trek... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

We visited yesterday - what an amazing place, the website did not do it justice. We decided to have lunch in the cafe prior to enjoying the gardens. Lovely food, served by caring staff who didn't mind answering our questions, and generally sharing their knowledge of the area, and didn't neglect other customers whilst doing so. Very nice facilities there,... More 

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