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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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Nice short peaceful walks

Had a walk in Rapaura watergardens and enjoyed it. Weather was perfect and I guess because it was... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2017
Esther S
Sydney, Australia
via mobile
Amazing gardens, most enjoyable

We drove from Whangamata to the gardens (about 1 hr 20 drive) and enjoyed a most pleasant time... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2017
Richard R
via mobile
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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” (15 reviews)
“lily ponds” (11 reviews)
586 Tapu-Coroglen Road | Rd5, Thames 3575, New Zealand
586 Tapu-Coroglen Road | Rd5, Thames 3575, New Zealand
+64 7-868 4821
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Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

Had a walk in Rapaura watergardens and enjoyed it. Weather was perfect and I guess because it was off season, it wasn't busy which made it even more enjoyable. The main attraction for me was the seven stairs to heaven waterfall- beautiful Takes about an...More

1  Thank Esther S
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

We drove from Whangamata to the gardens (about 1 hr 20 drive) and enjoyed a most pleasant time exploring the gardens, then also did the walk (about 20 mins one way) to the waterfall. Total time spent was 2 hours, which was neither rushed nor...More

3  Thank Richard R
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Spent a morning looking around these gardens. Beautifully maintained. Walked up to the seven stairs to heaven waterfall. Enjoyed the morning even though it rained most of the time we were there. Had morning tea at the restaurant there. Would recommend.

1  Thank RosieB562014
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Don't forget to take your camera as a picture is worth a thousand words. They will give you some food for the ducks and they will follow you everywhere.

1  Thank EvanLewis
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Had a very nice lunch at the cafe followed by a walk around the gardens. Not sure that the gardens are quite worth the $15 admission, but they were nice to look at, and the waterfall was very pretty.

Thank Nat-a-tat-tat-a-lie
Reviewed 4 March 2017

you share your walk with birds, ducks and the sound of water. Very peaceful. Do not forget to stop at the cafe; it is worth it.

1  Thank An V
Reviewed 2 March 2017

We spent a really enjoyable few hours here. Great meal in the restaurant - a delicious curry soup and fresh local flounder. Beautifully cooked and lovely flavours accompanied by home made bread. Then walked round the delightful gardens and through the bush walk to the...More

2  Thank AnnieLJ85
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Some friends recommended this garden before we left the UK. Glad we followed their advice. The drive across the Tapu-Coroglen road was interesting, i.e. a scary dirt road with tight corners, but a lot a fun all the same. The gardens were fantastic, assuming you...More

Thank Michael O
Reviewed 23 February 2017

We visited yesterday - what an amazing place, the website did not do it justice. We decided to have lunch in the cafe prior to enjoying the gardens. Lovely food, served by caring staff who didn't mind answering our questions, and generally sharing their knowledge...More

1  Thank kiwi0lds
Reviewed 18 February 2017

The gardens are wort the entrance fee. First there is a walk in the beautiful gardens, after there is a nature walk on a good path to the waterfall. There is a café-restaurant. We were more than 2 hours in the gardens

Thank LouenStephan
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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