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RAPAURA Watergardens

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Address: 586 Tapu-Coroglen Road | RD5, Thames 3575, New Zealand
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+64 7-868 4821

A mature property, which has evolved over more than 45 years, Rapaura...

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’.

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Serene and beautiful

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... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2016
Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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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 cash on hand $10/person. Worth the time and walk.

Thank Jjasg10
falmouth, maine
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680 reviews
260 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 328 helpful votes
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 the most serene place I've ever been. Not sure how it would be with hordes... More 

Thank chimayred
Thames, New Zealand
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37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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101 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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 narrow roads, and quite dangerous.

Thank kathleen f
Kilauea, Hawaii
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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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 share it with us all! And if you ever have the opportunity to stay two... More 

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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

Was a beautiful day with my family to walk around the wonderful gardens. We saw lots of ducks on our way to the waterfall. The waterfall was awesome. The kids had a great day and were absolutely tired after we got back to the car. Was well worth the drive.

Thank Peter W
Auckland, New Zealand
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2016

This is a place where you can visit a man-made garden and a nature waterfall. The garden was really beautiful we can see how much effort was put in to maintain it. There was lily ponds in the garden but I think we missed the flower season. The owner made us felt very welcomed I believe it would be a... More 

Thank babywin627
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2016

We visited the water gardens while staying in Thames whilst off the beaten track we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We walked through the garden up to the waterfall in beautiful landscaped gardens and bush. If you want peace and quite and be close to nature this is where you should go. Afterwards we had coffee at the cafe.Friendly and helpful... More 

Thank Keith70
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57 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2016

Absolutely lovely. So peaceful and all the water ponds and walks add to the atmosphere. Walk to falls is not recommended for those who struggle with climbing slopes - several flights of shallow steps through sub-tropical forest, but well worth it. Go here on a nice day (as some of paths a bit slippy), we went when it was sunny... More 

Thank Chris C
Leicester, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 April 2016

The location was peaceful and in a beautiful garden. The cottage was very well equipped and the owners were really helpful, even baking us a loaf of bread!

Thank elliotF

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