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Rapaura Water Gardens

586 Tapu-Coroglen Road, Tapu 3575 New Zealand
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Ideally situated as a base from which to explore the Coromandel, we offer comfortable self-catering accommodation in a boutique lodge or garden cottage. While the estate is open to the public during the hours of 9-5, in the evening it becomes your private playground. Take a bush walk, swim at the waterfalls, barbeque and experience nature at its best. No TV, just peace and the sound of running water
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realife2015 wrote a review Apr 2021
Rotorua, New Zealand23 contributions12 helpful votes
Enjoyed the night in the cottage, very quiet with peaceful gardens and bush walks. The cottage interior was a bit tired and dated but clean and spacious. Breakfast supplies left for us included home made marmalade which was lovely but no other choices and some herbal teas would also have been appreciated, especially it being such a natural kind of setting. Could be an amazing place with a few updates but a good value for money.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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markgoodman13 wrote a review Apr 2021
Hamilton, New Zealand107 contributions13 helpful votes
Fantastic afternoon, although the weather was gloomy the atmosphere inside made up for it. Great local cuisine cooked by an amazing chief. Highly recommend the lamb burger. Looking forward to returning soon.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Cath wrote a review Dec 2020
Wellington, New Zealand14 contributions3 helpful votes
A nice walk but a lot of money to pay for the experience. Over priced in my opinion. There are two parts to the walk, one side signposted in yellow is an easy amble along paths and around lily ponds. The second part seems to me more natural forest growth with a waterfall at the top of the walk. This side of the walk takes longer but anyone able to walk a kilometer or two should cope easily with this.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Patrick P wrote a review Dec 2019
Papamoa, New Zealand41 contributions6 helpful votes
After 10 years living on the Coromandel Peninsula, we finally decided to explore the gardens. What an idyllic place, carefully maintained, nested in the native bushes. Were followed by ducks and when we sat down for a cool beer we were surprised by a plate of delicious bruschette... just so we don‘t have to leave hungry. The family business shows how much passion and care is put into treating guests and nature with love! The venue was just preparing for a wedding - what a place to celebrate such a special day! The menu looks inspiring, prices are very fair - the giftshop has a very cute selection of „things“. We will definitely be back - wonderful hosts in an amazing place! Thanks a lot!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Aotearoa27 wrote a review Oct 2019
Auckland, New Zealand33 contributions16 helpful votes
We can't begin to describe how wonderful our stay here in your little paradise. From the moment we arrived, we were greeted with lovely smiles. Sally is personable and accomodating. The food in the cafe was very good. The steak sandwich and Butterscotch Sundae were to die for! Sacha, you're such an excellent chef! Sally gave us a lovely tour of the cottage. It is perfect - tantalisingly beautiful! The garden is just booming with lushness everywhere you look. The walk to the waterfalls was such a lovely experience. It was peaceful and relaxing - something that we miss living in the city. We enjoyed the ducks - cute and entertaining. In the evening, Sacha came in to start the fire in the hearth. Thank you, Sacha, for making the cottage warm. Thank you both very much for your kind and thoughtful hospitality! We appreciate it greatly. All the best!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Alan R wrote a review May 2019
Markfield, United Kingdom830 contributions476 helpful votes
This isn't a review of any accommodation but the gardens themselves. These gardens are lovely and well worth a visit. The peaceful forest walk up to the waterfalls and the gardens were fantastic. Plenty to see and enjoy. It won't be a long visit but I'm pleased we went.
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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pelizabethcutts wrote a review Apr 2019
Dargaville, New Zealand38 contributions9 helpful votes
We have been here several times but while staying with a friend in Whitianga decided to visit again. Our friend had never been but loved the visit--only sad thing no waterlilies at the time of our visit. The lower garden as usual very beautifully kept and an easy stroll around Plenty of places for those who like me are finding walking difficult to stop sit and admire. We then went on to tackle the walk up to the falls. The other two left me behind while they forged ahead up the steps. I took the climb at a slower pace. Well worth the trek and good to sit up there and contemplate the peace and beauty. Might I suggest more sears for weary climbers to rest on the way up and shallower steps? We saw the ducks what a lot of different breeds they have -I would have loved to bring some home to join the mallards & domestic ducks we already have. A wonderful place to walk for all ages but if bringing children to make sure they are well behaved and don't spoil the serenity of the gardens. After we had done our walking we went into their restaurant to have lunch all wholesome homecooked food --cooked by the Chef to your taste. We had soup --on offer large or small portions. My husband and our friend had large portions with large bread loaf hot straight from the oven while I had a small portion with a small loaf again straight from the oven. There is ice cream and an extensive list of teas & coffees to chose from. The approach along the Coroglen road is dusty and twisty but used as a through road from Thames to Whitianga. Go and enjoy
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Kizzmoll wrote a review Mar 2019
Northumberland99 contributions25 helpful votes
We loved these gardens and particularly the food in the cafe/restaurant. Rapaura is 6km off the road from Coromandel to Thames (about 30 mins from Thames) and is well worth a visit. The water gardens give off such a peaceful and gentle atmosphere. There weren't a lot of flowers when we were there but there was so much different greenery in the ferns, shrubs and trees it didn't matter. The paths are easy walking and there is also a walk through the natural bush to the cascades. The food at the cafe was excellent. I had sole which had been caught that morning and it was just delicious and beautifully presented. The staff were very friendly and I just hope more people visit this site.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Anne wrote a review Feb 2019
Edinburgh, United Kingdom15 contributions3 helpful votes
We just loved the tranquility and harmonious feel of Raparua Watergardens. Although we visited at the end of summer, when there were fewer flowers, the shades of green in the foliage of the tree ferns, rata trees and all the vegetation were lovely. A stroll around the gardens is accompanied by the sound of water everywhere you walk, and the short hike up to the waterfalls was well worth it. Our cottage was very comfortable and beautifully presented and we wished we could have stayed more than one night. Thank you to Sally and Sasha for the warm welcome and the experience.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Jasmine38Chichester UK wrote a review Dec 2018
Chichester, United Kingdom1951 contributions944 helpful votes
Our visit lasted around 45 mins. $15 per adult entrance. Cafe on site. Gardens are nice but not stunning. Much of yheceslk through natural bush. The cascade waterfall is probably the best part of the garden.
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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$186 - $289 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandNorth IslandWaikato RegionCoromandel PeninsulaTapu
NUMBER OF ROOMS
2
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rapaura Water Gardens
Which popular attractions are close to Rapaura Water Gardens?
Nearby attractions include RAPAURA Watergardens (0.1 km), Square Kauri Tree (3.2 km), and Mahara, The Unique Sculpture Park and Pottery (1.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Rapaura Water Gardens?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Rapaura Water Gardens?
Top room amenities include a desk, a fireplace, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Rapaura Water Gardens?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Rapaura Water Gardens?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Rapaura Water Gardens?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Burke Street Wharf (15.3 km).