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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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Great day trip from Thames.

We loved the gardens and being entertain d by the ducks. Lovely walk to the waterfall, followed by... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2016
Auckland, New Zealand

We visited on a beautiful spring day and what a treat we had. It is stunning and the lillies hadn't... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2016
Gloucester, 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’.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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586 Tapu-Coroglen Road | RD5, Thames 3575, New Zealand
+64 7-868 4821
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Reviewed 30 October 2016

We loved the gardens and being entertain d by the ducks. Lovely walk to the waterfall, followed by a tasty lunch. Great service.

Thank LindyandIanNZ
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We visited on a beautiful spring day and what a treat we had. It is stunning and the lillies hadn't even flowered yet. It's well laid out and it's an easy walk. Something to admire around every corner. Shame we didn't have time to sample...More

Thank Nick_Stewart_12
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We started our visit with a "Dam Good Coffee'' as the street sign suggested. And it was good! We just wish we didn't have a late breakfast otherwise we would have had lunch at the very inviting dining area. The menu looked delicious and is...More

Thank lejog2009
Reviewed 22 October 2016

These water gardens are definitely worth the drive! Everything is well looked after and I am looking forward to visiting again in the future!

Thank Lyssia S
Reviewed 21 October 2016

A beautifully planned garden, not much flowering in May but still showing great bones. We so enjoyed the shady walks and the greeness on such a hot day. The walk up to the waterfall is well worth the time. The meal at the restaurant was...More

1  Thank KarolaRS
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

The drive in is about 20 mins or so. Once you get there , its like another world. Very serene and natural. There are 2 walks. Yellow arrow-about 20 -30mins. Red arrow- about 1hour. You can have picnic in this place. Make sure you have...More

Thank Jjasg10
Reviewed 19 September 2016

had no idea what to expect here. Definitely prejudiced when I read that they were "constructed" and somehow misinterpreted that to think the waterfall was a waterscape....wow. I'll say - i was one of two people there, off season, in a light rain. It was...More

Thank chimayred
Reviewed 2 June 2016

Wonderful place to visit. The gardens are wonderful and the restaurant is excellent. Been a while since we were there. 2014. But well worth a visit.

Thank Gloria T
Reviewed 25 May 2016

A lovely garden, hike, and waterfall. Lots of ducks to snap photos of. Peaceful places for a picnic. Cheap to get in at only $15 with the money going into running the park. Future travellers should be aware that the drive up is through very...More

Thank kathleen f
Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

What an amazing experience! The Water Gardens at Rapaura are stunning and peaceful, transporting you to a world that rarely exists in this day and age. Yet, somehow, the owners and caretakers at Rapaura have found a way to maintain that level of tranquility and...More

1  Thank Kai_Aloha_Traveler
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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