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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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Most of the attraction is a walk through native bush to see a water fall, have walked through more... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2012
Shane B
Te Awamutu, New Zealand
Delightful garden and better food!

We visited on a grey Waitangi day and spent 1 1/2 hours walking round the gardens engrossed in our... read more

Reviewed 9 February 2012
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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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“water gardens” (14 reviews)
“lily ponds” (11 reviews)
586 Tapu-Coroglen Road | Rd5, Thames 3575, New Zealand
+64 7-868 4821
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Reviewed 4 March 2012

Most of the attraction is a walk through native bush to see a water fall, have walked through more native bush to see more spectacular water falls for no charge. There ware several other gardens don't know if it was worth its cover charge.

Thank Shane B
Reviewed 9 February 2012

We visited on a grey Waitangi day and spent 1 1/2 hours walking round the gardens engrossed in our photography. After a wonderful peaceful time we ate at the restaurant (good reviews) and had a fantastic meal. I had flounder and my wife steak; both...More

Thank OwlsHouse
Reviewed 17 January 2012

We loved these gardens - just gorgeous. We ate lunch at the Cafe here too and the food was delicious. Highly recommend visiting Rapaura Watergardens.

Thank kiwishari
Reviewed 12 January 2012

Off the beaten track, about 1/2 hour from Thames, up the Tapu Valley, you find this gem. Wonderful coffee and cake any time of the day, and a outstanding lunch and dinner menu, with affordable prices. Sally goes out of her way to make you...More

Thank Christiane W
Reviewed 31 December 2011

Rapaura is a lovely garden surrounded by bush and water garden plants, the 15min walk to the waterfall is relatively easy, just a couple of small rises.

1  Thank Travelbugs269
Reviewed 29 December 2011

There is a cost associated with heading in to these gardens but inside they have a few quirky sculptures & some nice quotations scattered throughout the garden. If you walk to the left of the track just after the reception area it takes you over...More

1  Thank Yecart_01
Reviewed 29 December 2011

We really enjoyed strolling through the gardens and up to the most magnificent waterfalls. A brilliant day topped off by the excellent food from the cafe.

Thank Malcolm S
Reviewed 14 December 2011

We visited this place in November 2011. The gardens are fantastic and the waterfalls are beautiful. But the best of this place is the restaurant with the excellent chef Sasha. He is just a talent. He is not only the best chef we met, but...More

Thank Katja-Stefan
Reviewed 24 November 2011

This is a terrific place to stroll my only regret was that more of the plants and trees weren't marked. I wanted more of an educational experience being unfamiliar with the flora. We had a lovely piece of cake we shared in the cafe and...More

Thank 4oystercatcher
Reviewed 6 November 2011

What a class act Rapaura/Koru is! We had lunch first at Koru which had just re-opened for the summer season. Everything about Koru is stylish: the food was tasty, attractively presented on the plate, and nicely served; the decor is pleasant; there was lovely background...More

1  Thank somerham
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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