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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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Highly recommended, looking forward to return trips

Can't speak highly enough about my experience here, from the warm welcome, the high level of customer service, amazing food, thorough explanation of all that is on offer and... read more

Reviewed 9 February 2016
Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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65 reviews
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Reviewed 9 February 2016

Can't speak highly enough about my experience here, from the warm welcome, the high level of customer service, amazing food, thorough explanation of all that is on offer and excellent knowledge of the surrounding area. I arrived on the wrong side of the afternoon, carpark was reasonably full but you would not have known people were rambling through the gardens... More 

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Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2016

We called ahead to check for disability access and were told that entry was free for anyone with a disability because they would not be able to access the whole gardens. We really enjoyed our visit and found the paths and walkways surprisingly easy to navigate even with wheelchair or walker. Afterwards we enjoyed chatting to the staff in the... More 

Thank Annaliese62
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58 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2016

A sudden decision to visit and very glad we did - this is a wonderful scenic area taking visitors on a memorable journey through native and exotic plant and vegetation species - large lily ponds appear every so often with beautiful flowers adorning the ponds . The walk should take at least an hour to take full advantage - ending... More 

Thank samjayAuckland
Brisbane, Australia
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152 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2016

Very friendly staff & a very gracious host complements these gardens. Great gardens to wonder through, heaps of plants, water features, ducks, lilies, flowers, streams, swimming hole, waterfall & well posted walkways. Be sure to say hello to the dog or one legged duck that greet you at the door. Try the food at this award winning restaurant (6 consecutive... More 

Thank karen m
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31 reviews
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Reviewed 23 January 2016 via mobile

Beautiful landscape. Good place for family and groups. The waterfall is fun. We spent at least 20min in the water. $15 for adult and $6 for kids. Family (2 adults + 2 kids) for $36. We found an egg. The ducks are friendly. No internet connection, so good family time. Outside has a spring. Good place for kids to play... More 

Thank Yii Sen W
Leeds, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2016

The gardens aren't very big, but they are beautiful. Nice little walk up to the waterfall. We called in the café after our walk for a coffee, where we met the owner. She was a lovely woman and told us a lot about the gardens and how she came to buy them. Nice little morning out, really enjoyed it -... More 

Thank carole s
Thames, New Zealand
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2016

I was given a voucher as a gift for my birthday for two of us to take our time wandering through the lovely gardens. It was a gorgeous spring day and the lily ponds were lovely, but NO fish?? I was well worth the hike up through the bush to reach the top of the waterfall. Beautiful.

Thank Dooleysmum
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2016 via mobile

We intended to visit the water gardens but had to change our plans as unfortunately it was pouring with rain when we came through. We stopped for a coffee instead, and to check it out a bit. I want to point out that the gardens cost $15 per adult to enter - not an unfair price, but it wasn't very... More 

Thank Caitlin N
Rotorua, New Zealand
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 12 January 2016 via mobile

We walked through the garden up to the waterfall. WOW!!! What an experience. Beautifully landscaped gardens. If you want peace and quite and be close to nature this is where you should go. Afterwards we had coffee at the cafe. Excellent service and very friendly and helpful staff. Will definitely go back next time we pass through Thames.

Thank Arina V
Thames Coast
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63 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2015

A perfect stop on your travels through the Coromandel. The walk is exquisite. It will exceed your expectations Make sure you go up to the falls as they are magnificent. Very peaceful and relaxing. Make sure you call into the restaurant as well.

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