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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 beautifully planned garden, not much flowering in May but still showing great bones. We so... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2016
Serene and beautiful

The drive in is about 20 mins or so. Once you get there , its like another world. Very serene and... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2016
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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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“lily ponds” (11 reviews)
586 Tapu-Coroglen Road | Rd5, Thames 3575, New Zealand
+64 7-868 4821
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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

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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...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
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....More

Thank Peter W
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...More

Thank babywin627
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...More

Thank Keith70
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...More

Thank Chris C
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Sonia K
17 October 2017|
Response from Sandy W | Reviewed this property |
I think they were asking$25 each. I remember thinking it was worth it.
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