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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...more
586 Tapu-Coroglen Road | Rd5, Thames 3575, New Zealand
+64 7-868 4821
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All reviews lily ponds cake water features native bush water garden great cafe duck relaxing walk tranquil place steak sandwich bush walk well worth the visit new zealand bird life minute walk the main road great place to visit
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Went to see the Square Kauri, not far from the Rapaura Watergardens and then called in for a cuppa and something to eat. Great choice of GF food and tried the chocolate cake and the almond cake - probably the best I’ve tasted in terms...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent an entire afternoon at the Gardens which in themselves are magnificent. To add to this special experience, we were treated to an amazing lunchtime experience. The Steak Sandwich is the best one could ever wish for; and the desserts were delicious. Thank you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank cassia1080
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful, peaceful and tranquil gardens. An easy walk to the cascades. Great value for money to enjoy such a gorgeous setting.

Date of experience: January 2019
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent several hours here. First enjoying a coffee, then wandering through the very pleasant gardens with their interesting water features, sculptures and variety of flowers, trees and shrubs. We then had a very good lunch from a simple but sophisticated menu. Great flavours, very...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank johncH3542YI
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

worth a visit, where time is well spent seeing the beautiful gardens , (lots of native plants) Coffee and food excellent (try the owners cheese cake ) we also decided to stay for lunch after our walk around the gardens.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank exroughguides
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a must. Already when we came, we regret not booking more nights than one. You get greeted by the owners Sally and Sasha and you directly feel welcomed. Their place has a fantastic garden and 15 minutes walk away you will find...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 496lenniem
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

had a really nice relaxing walk around the gardens and to see the falls. make sure you buy some duck food for 50c at the counter. the ducks are adorable and was a highlight. easy well kept path suitable for all ages and abilities. cafe...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank breelucy
Reviewed 10 December 2018

We drove the windy road to see the waterfall but we didn’t realise we had to pay to see it. I’m sure it would be worth the cost but we had limited time and decided to just eat at the cafe. So glad we did...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank christinen2014
Reviewed 3 December 2018 via mobile

Visited for my birthday so started with cake and coffee in the cafe. Both were great - chocolate cake was delicious and slightly nutty (yum) and coffee was on point. We then walked round the two areas of the gardens and up to the waterfalls....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank travelisg00d4u
Reviewed 1 November 2018 via mobile

Visited with my Dad and we just had the best time. Was so beautiful seeing all the native plans and a lovely little walk. Had fun feeding the friendly ducks as well. Staff were super lovely! Would definitely come back.

Date of experience: October 2018
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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
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