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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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Quirky garden

This quirky garden was a great place to visit on a very hot January day. I understood why the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
mcgaval
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Thames, New Zealand
Outstanding

The road up there was a bit rough but the gardens were worth it. Well organized yet not too formal... read more

Reviewed 6 May 2018
Orna P
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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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’.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good21%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lily ponds” (13 reviews)
“cake” (7 reviews)
LOCATION
586 Tapu-Coroglen Road | Rd5, Thames 3575, New Zealand
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+64 7-868 4821
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"lily ponds"
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"water features"
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"cake"
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"native bush"
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"water garden"
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"every turn"
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"great cafe"
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"soup"
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"duck"
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"home made"
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"picnic lunch"
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"relaxing walk"
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"tranquil place"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This quirky garden was a great place to visit on a very hot January day. I understood why the backpackers utilized the pool at the bottom of the falls for a snorkel lesson.

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Reviewed 6 May 2018

The road up there was a bit rough but the gardens were worth it. Well organized yet not too formal. The water pools were beautiful with all the wooden sculptures around them and along the paths. The waterfall was not at its peak but still...More

Thank Orna P
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

These gardens aren't spectacular but the attached restaurant held great promise. The coffee was fantastic, the dining menu looked very upmarket and the restaurant had a delightful ambience. The absolute gem was the guy behind the counter who offered all sorts of very useful tips...More

Thank Deborah K
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

The gardens were written up as a tourist stop in the Foder's tour guide. They were well worth the windy, rough road it took to find this little gem. The gardens are well manicured with a large variety of native trees and plants and of...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

The Rapaura water gardens were an absolute delight to visit. The gardens themselves are beautifully manicured while at the same time being natural and wild just like a good garden should be! There’s lots of beautiful flora and interesting and quirky sculptures to look at...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

We went here on the recommendation of our hosts at Chartre Manor. Lunch was excellent, and we enjoyed our walk through the park and to the falls. We got a kick out of the ducks as one really took to my husband and followed him...More

Thank kithag123
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

OH MY GOODNESS! What a beautiful place to visit. The gardens are prestige the waterfall is gorgeous and we definitely recommend paddling your tootsies in that glistening water. Don't forget to purchase some duck feed those beauties are so friendly and will be expecting a...More

Thank Jaime C
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Beautiful gardens and manicured walkways which culminate in a steep uphill walk to a beautiful waterfall. You don't have to do the waterfall but it is spectacular. There are ducks to feed and numerous ponds to view as you meander through a beautiful scenic setting.

Thank bastions
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

The garden is beautiful, complete with brooks, lily pads, waterfalls, ferns and large trees. As memorable, though, was the gourmet-quality lunch. My wife and I shared a pumpkin soup and a creamed mushroom on toast that was to die for (white wine, brandy and cream...More

Thank Sydney B
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights from 27 March and will definitely thank our travel agent. Sally and Sacha were so welcoming and gave information on where to go and what to see. The accommodation was rustic and peaceful. We had a gas bbq and...More

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Sonia K
17 October 2017|
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Response from Sandy W | Reviewed this property |
I think they were asking$25 each. I remember thinking it was worth it.
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edwinKL
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
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Dend B
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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
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