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“A lovely way to while away a couple of hours on a nice day”

RAPAURA Watergardens
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Thames
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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’.
Reviewed 17 February 2017

If you are at all interested in gardens, particularly water gardens, then this is a must see attraction whilst touring the Coromandel area.
Very well laid out, nicely kept & extensive gardens in a lovely setting that have obviously taken many years of careful planting & construction to develop. The lily ponds & their surrounding plantings are quite delightful with lovely & easy paths joining them all, although the 30 min walk up to the waterfall & back is not really necessary.
There is also a delighful cafe on site which serves excellent, freshly cooked & interesting food.
We would rate this a 5* attraction for anyone who enjoys nice gardens & recommend allowing a couple of hours to wander around & take in the setting, tranquility & planting & also stopping over for brunch/light lunch or afternoon tea.

Thank Chris C
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"lily ponds"
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"water features"
in 7 reviews
"water garden"
in 6 reviews
"native bush"
in 8 reviews
"every turn"
in 5 reviews
"great cafe"
in 4 reviews
in 3 reviews
"home made"
in 3 reviews
"picnic lunch"
in 3 reviews
"relaxing walk"
in 3 reviews
"garden lovers"
in 3 reviews
"almond cake"
in 3 reviews
"tranquil place"
in 3 reviews
"off the beaten track"
in 4 reviews
"waterfall walk"
in 2 reviews
"wonderful meal"
in 2 reviews
"cafe on site"
in 2 reviews

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Reviewed 14 February 2017

We had a visitor from Taranaki who has always treated us particularly well when we went down to Waitara; so we really wanted somewhere memorable to show her what was "up North of Hamilton". Our visit on a hot day started well with a cool place to park under the trees. A relaxed atmosphere, adequate menu and a really obliging chef lead to an all too brief stop before driving over to Hot Water Beach. The chef's mother was a true professional, outstanding service and delicious food. The premises were immaculate and this is "a treasure of the Coromandel". I rated it on a par with "Fleur's Place".

Thank 660london
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

We spent a lovely couple of hours walking through these delightful gardens. One part is man made and the other part natural - winding our way up to a delightful cascading waterfalls. The gardens were so peaceful with sculptures among the lakes and plants in the man made section. Loved feeding the ducks (bought the corn from the cafe). There is a very nice cafe as well. Lovely afternoon and a place we will definitely revisit.

Thank Kiwisforever
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Reviewed 27 January 2017

A lovely peaceful place with lots of Lily ponds,beautifully kept even if not overcultivated. Lots of ducks and peaceful woodland walk to the waterfalls. Entry cost a little high but we enjoyed several hours there. The cafe is excellent and the staff friendly and helpful

Thank Jan D
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

We try to stop at every garden when we are in New Zealand. This one has a special twist in it's use of water in fountains, ponds and waterfalls. The owner (?) greeted us as we arrived to buy our tickets and was a "fountain" :) of information on the gardens. We started our stroll and enjoyed every step. Be sure to buy duck food as there are quite a number of very happy ducks along the streams. The gardens are beautiful and I must have taken 100 pictures. Go, you'll be glad you did.

Thank Lori T
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