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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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Well Worth the Detour

A short detour off the the main highway at Tapu brings you to the Rapauru Watergardens where you... read more

Reviewed 20 January 2014
Rod E
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Malvern, United Kingdom
Fun and suprising

Cool Place with a lot of suprises that we really enjoyed. We had a great time there. There was... read more

Reviewed 19 January 2014
Martin A
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Stockholm, Sweden
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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 20 January 2014

A short detour off the the main highway at Tapu brings you to the Rapauru Watergardens where you can slow down and relax a while from dashing around visiting other sites. The gardens have been well laid out with interesting displays and features at every...More

Thank Rod E
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

Cool Place with a lot of suprises that we really enjoyed. We had a great time there. There was nothing that we disliked.

Thank Martin A
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

A little bit out of the way but worth the trip. The gardens were a welcome relief after travelling in the car. Very peaceful and inspirational. Sally was extremely friendly and informative and more than happy for a chat. Even though we arrived at almost...More

2  Thank suzic24
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

Six kilometres up a narrow road from Tapu on the Coromandel just as the sealed road runs out you come across Rapaura on a sharp bend in the road. It's a little gem. Very welcoming, beautiful open spaces, trees, lakes and cascading water . The...More

1  Thank h2orev
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Reviewed 14 December 2013

Wonderful tranquil gardens. Well worth a visit if in the area. $15 - good value. Check opening times as not open all year. Had a long chat with the delightful owner. Spectacular lilly ponds, and little paths that twist and turn with thoughtful sayings dotted...More

1  Thank Sue P
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

We visited Rapaura today. We started with an impressive and tasty lunch in the well appointed restaurant Koru. The service was excellent and the salad was so fresh it must have been straight out of the house garden. The coffee was also the best we...More

1  Thank smartybarty
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

These builtifull gardens are worth a look at because of where they are, up a little old road and then you come to this delightful paradice, well worth it.

1  Thank Steve H
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

Rapaura is a fantastic mix of nature and artifice, with a wonderful feeling of tranquility. At the same time, one marvels at the perseverance of the architects and builders of these water wonders. It is a thoroughly enjoyable afternoons activity.

1  Thank Southseadoc
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

A wonderful secret place. The water gardens are amazing to wander round...take your time. The walk up to the falls is great and not strenuous. The restaurant has fantastic food and the staff are very knowledgable about the gardens.

Thank Dorothy M
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

We went there over labour day .The place was so serene and beautiful that you forget where you are! Maintained wonderfully as well.If new zealand is beautiful then what to say about this place? You feel you are breathing pure air and the environment just...More

1  Thank Padma V
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Sonia K
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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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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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