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“Amazing gardens, most enjoyable”

RAPAURA Watergardens
Ranked #2 of 20 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 19 April 2017 via mobile

We drove from Whangamata to the gardens (about 1 hr 20 drive) and enjoyed a most pleasant time exploring the gardens, then also did the walk (about 20 mins one way) to the waterfall. Total time spent was 2 hours, which was neither rushed nor too expansive for teenagers who can get bored quickly!
We did not purchase anything to eat/drink from the counter or restaurant - but menu selections seemed very nice. We'd packed a picnic lunch which we enjoyed at one of several picnic areas available at the gardens. Highly recommended and very, very beautiful gardens. Loved the various Mallard and other duck species and their inquisitive nature!

3  Thank Richard R
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Spent a morning looking around these gardens. Beautifully maintained. Walked up to the seven stairs to heaven waterfall. Enjoyed the morning even though it rained most of the time we were there. Had morning tea at the restaurant there. Would recommend.

1  Thank RosieB562014
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

Don't forget to take your camera as a picture is worth a thousand words. They will give you some food for the ducks and they will follow you everywhere.

1  Thank EvanLewis
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Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Had a very nice lunch at the cafe followed by a walk around the gardens. Not sure that the gardens are quite worth the $15 admission, but they were nice to look at, and the waterfall was very pretty.

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Reviewed 4 March 2017

you share your walk with birds, ducks and the sound of water. Very peaceful. Do not forget to stop at the cafe; it is worth it.

1  Thank An V
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