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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 lovely water garden with a waterfall

We visited the garden in early spring so it is a pity we couldn't see any water lilies... the... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2017
Jane Z
via mobile
Beautiful tranquillity

This place was a real surprise, set a little way along the tapu to coroglen road these water... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2017
msjhtravelling
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Swindon, 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)
“water garden” (6 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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"water garden"
in 6 reviews
"native bush"
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"every turn"
in 5 reviews
"great cafe"
in 4 reviews
"duck"
in 3 reviews
"home made"
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"picnic lunch"
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"relaxing walk"
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"garden lovers"
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"almond cake"
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"tranquil place"
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"off the beaten track"
in 4 reviews
"waterfall walk"
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"wonderful meal"
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"cafe on site"
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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

We visited the garden in early spring so it is a pity we couldn't see any water lilies... the garden is well maintained, and suitable for all age groups. Feeding the ducks was fun. It was funny to see the ducks running towards you when...More

1  Thank Jane Z
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Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

This place was a real surprise, set a little way along the tapu to coroglen road these water gardens offer a little piece of tranquillity. The gardens are a 30 minute walk or a 45 minute amble through some very well natural bush and neatly...More

2  Thank msjhtravelling
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Reviewed 3 August 2017

A scenic drive from Thames! The narrow entrance road skirted a lovely little river and provided many interesting views. The gardens themselves were beautiful. You could choose a shorter walk through a beautifully established, very natural garden with many different kinds of water features. Then...More

2  Thank colleenth2017
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Reviewed 18 May 2017

well worth a visit, just off the beaten track. We will go back when the water lillies are out. Good parking for the motor home. Gardens well maintained but at a natural level so not too manicured, this probably takes more effort than those that...More

Thank AlisonKilvaree
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Reviewed 2 May 2017

My friend, who was visiting from overseas, and I visited the gardens on a sunny afternoon and we really enjoyed the different scenery. My friend also wanted to eat mussels and the brochure showed that these were on the menu in the onsite restaurant. She...More

Thank Iris B
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Reviewed 1 May 2017

After several days of adventure, this was a calm reprieve. It was an easy yet rewarding walk. Different at every turn, it featured native and other flowering plants along with waterfalls, ponds, and streams.

Thank Erik S
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Reviewed 29 April 2017

We had a great stay at the Rapaura Watergardens. We're here for the World Master's Games #WMG2017 and touring abit beforehand. This was a unique introduction to the verdant foliage of New Zealand. The house was lovely.

Thank Ross H
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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