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An amazing must do

Visited with my Dad and we just had the best time. Was so beautiful seeing all the native plans and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Cant wait to come back

My partner and I stopped in here for a wander, it was lovely! Looking forward to coming back and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Heather M
Tauranga, New Zealand
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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...more
586 Tapu-Coroglen Road | Rd5, Thames 3575, New Zealand
+64 7-868 4821
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with my Dad and we just had the best time. Was so beautiful seeing all the native plans and a lovely little walk. Had fun feeding the friendly ducks as well. Staff were super lovely! Would definitely come back.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My partner and I stopped in here for a wander, it was lovely! Looking forward to coming back and staying on site with the whole whanau! See you again soon Rapaura!

Thank Heather M
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

First day out of Auckland with many miles to go. Broke the journey with a visit and even though it was out of season the gardens were stunning and the gardener we spoke to was very friendly. Highlight was the 7 steps to heaven.

Thank Ian S
Reviewed 30 June 2018

The Watergardens exceeded all my expectations. I booked to take Mum and Aunt, but found a paradise I have now visited three times in winter and summer. The gardens are meticulously maintained by a small family business. The tranquility is unsurpassed. Sit near a babbling...More

1  Thank Sophie C
Reviewed 18 June 2018

This quirky garden was a great place to visit on a very hot January day. I understood why the backpackers utilized the pool at the bottom of the falls for a snorkel lesson.

Thank mcgaval
Reviewed 6 May 2018

The road up there was a bit rough but the gardens were worth it. Well organized yet not too formal. The water pools were beautiful with all the wooden sculptures around them and along the paths. The waterfall was not at its peak but still...More

Thank Orna P
Reviewed 23 April 2018

These gardens aren't spectacular but the attached restaurant held great promise. The coffee was fantastic, the dining menu looked very upmarket and the restaurant had a delightful ambience. The absolute gem was the guy behind the counter who offered all sorts of very useful tips...More

1  Thank deborahk879
Reviewed 11 April 2018

The gardens were written up as a tourist stop in the Foder's tour guide. They were well worth the windy, rough road it took to find this little gem. The gardens are well manicured with a large variety of native trees and plants and of...More

1  Thank HIB306
Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

The Rapaura water gardens were an absolute delight to visit. The gardens themselves are beautifully manicured while at the same time being natural and wild just like a good garden should be! There’s lots of beautiful flora and interesting and quirky sculptures to look at...More

1  Thank stefflamb
Reviewed 2 April 2018

We went here on the recommendation of our hosts at Chartre Manor. Lunch was excellent, and we enjoyed our walk through the park and to the falls. We got a kick out of the ducks as one really took to my husband and followed him...More

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17 October 2017|
Response from Sandy W | Reviewed this property |
I think they were asking$25 each. I remember thinking it was worth it.
30 November 2016|
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Response from Gloria T | Reviewed this property |
Adults $15 Children $6 and family $36 ( 2 adults & 2 children
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