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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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a cool calm oasis on a hot summer's day - with a great lunch too

We fell into this place on the recommendation of our B & B hosts. Our intention was to take a... read more

Reviewed 19 January 2018
janddp29
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London, United Kingdom
Beautiful Gardens

We loved this tranquil place. The gardens were easy to stroll around. The cafe staff were... read more

Reviewed 18 January 2018
Vealygood
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Poole, United Kingdom
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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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"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 19 January 2018

We fell into this place on the recommendation of our B & B hosts. Our intention was to take a quick look and move on, but we fell under the charm of the location and the quirky owner. She clearly loves the whole area and...More

Thank janddp29
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Reviewed 18 January 2018

We loved this tranquil place. The gardens were easy to stroll around. The cafe staff were friendly. The food was excellent.

Thank Vealygood
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Reviewed 18 January 2018

Reached from either end of a grit road which, if you are not used to driving along is a bit challenging. We are so no problem. The moment we arrived we felt at peace with the world. I'm not religious but if I were then...More

1  Thank Mike T
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Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

Beautiful gardens with a lot of effort put in. The highlight for me was the ducks. So cute and friendly. Well worth the visit.

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Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

Loved this place, great cafe too. Easy walking tracks, umbrellas provided if required, owners very friendly. Would go again.

Thank Pauline K
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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

A paid garden and waterfall walk in a great setting. We went early and found we mostly had the gardens to ourselves. By the time we finished the waterfall walk there were barely a few others so it was peaceful. The gluten free almond cake...More

Thank Sarah C
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

A stroll around the watergardens is a lovely thing with lots of photo ops. The paths are easy to follow and well done. The trek to the waterfall is less charming -- lots of climbing. The waterfall is very pretty but maybe not worth the...More

Thank Valerie S
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Reviewed 27 December 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the walk through these gardens. Every bend held a new sight. We even saw the gardeners hard at work. I think in this case the pictures speak for themselves. The main counter and restaurant area sell some reasonably priced souvenirs (compared to other...More

Thank Rebecca N
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Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

We are so happy to have gotten to experience this amazing place on our first trip to New Zealand. The gardens are spectacular and so beautifully managed. Even friendly, happy ducks to greet us on occasion. What a variety of plants and sculptures by local...More

Thank Holly L
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

This is worth taking the 10-15 minute drive off the main road to go see and experience. The gardens were extremely well kept and maintained, this offered a very relaxing and enjoyable experience just walking around and taking it all in. We went around midday...More

1  Thank Damian L
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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
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
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