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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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Tranquil Setting

Rapaura is a lovely garden surrounded by bush and water garden plants, the 15min walk to the... read more

Reviewed 31 December 2011
Awesome Waterfall

There is a cost associated with heading in to these gardens but inside they have a few quirky... read more

Reviewed 29 December 2011
Orewa, New Zealand
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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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“lily ponds” (11 reviews)
586 Tapu-Coroglen Road | RD5, Thames 3575, New Zealand
+64 7-868 4821
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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
Reviewed 3 November 2011

We spent a happy few hours wandering around the beautiful and imaginative gardens, and another happy few hours enjoying more food than was prudent in the cafe. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and the food was beyond our expectations; the chef was excellent...More

Thank Family W
Reviewed 7 April 2011

The second part of the walk was definately my favourite. A stunning setting with really nice, friendly hosts makes for the perfect afternoon outing. We loved it.

Thank bekahnz
Reviewed 2 March 2011

An unexpected delight. Beautiful garden set in a peaceful location. Extremely friendly host and staff with cafe/restaurant serving superb home made food. Excellent coffee too!

Thank Gardeners2011
Reviewed 4 December 2010

Rapaura Watergardens & Koru Restaurant: A really amazing visit to this establishment.  Plenty of parking for cars, motorhomes or buses.  Greeted by your hosts Sally and Sasha who explain the areas to stroll through and get the best from your visit.  The ponds are very...More

Thank NannaJoCoromandel
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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