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“Spring into Heaven”

RAPAURA Watergardens
Ranked #2 of 18 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’.
Thames, New Zealand
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26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Spring into Heaven”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Visit at any time of the year but particularly lovely in the water lilly season. Wander around the tranquil grounds of open spaces, native bush and beautiful waterlilly ponds. Climb up to the waterfall and come back down for lunch at Koru, Food to write home about . A marvellous chef.

Visited November 2012
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English first
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50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Truly boutique accommodation”
Reviewed 24 April 2013

I was really surprised to see 'average' rating given to this place by some reviewers. Having stayed in various places in New Zealand and overseas, I am confident that this one epitomises the definition of 'boutique'. The setting is tranquil and romantic, the owners are extremely friendly and laid-back. The accommodation has everything you need and has a character. The gardens are not what I initially expected, which does not mean disappointment. One can appreciate the amount of effort put in maintaining them, especially after they were affected by the flood several times. Keep up the good work!

Visited November 2012
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Chelsfield, UK
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44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful gardens & amazing boutique accommodation”
Reviewed 20 April 2013

We spent out first three nights of our recent trip to NZ at Rapaura. Booked to stay in the cottage we were upgraded to the lodge. Raised level with the trees it was hard to know which of the many decks to view the surrounding scenery from! The lodge was very tastefully furnished, more a home-stay than anything. Our hosts, Sally and Sasha, ensured a very pleasant stay. As a lodge guest we had access to the wonderful gardens 27/7. Early morning strolls where joined by a posse of ducks and evenings gave us a sense of total isolation although the owners live on-site. A little bit of Heaven on Earth.

I have visited many gardens throughout the World and rate this amongst the best for its natural beauty, layout and tranquility. Following the path around the first part of the gardens you'll discover works of art that fit well within the style of private garden and bush walk. The second section is on a grander scale with the large lily pond framed by natural bush and mountains. Exploring a valley bush trail you reach the gem of this water garden, 'The Seven Stairs to Heaven' a cascading waterfall that invites you to sit and relax.

The gardens have a wonderful cafe, Koru, that serves a wide range of meals and snacks all freshly made and reasonably priced.

Visited March 2013
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Thames, New Zealand
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40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“On the tourist route”
Reviewed 10 April 2013

This is a very popular tourist stop. Relaxing garden walks and places for meditation and contemplation. A beautiful setting and a great little restaurant too.

Visited February 2013
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Warkworth, New Zealand
1 review
“tranquil timeout”
Reviewed 4 April 2013

Lunch in the restaurant was delicious, quiet and reasonably priced. the food was beautifully prepared but not pretentious.
The walk around the gardens after lunch was a delight - beautiful concepts. An oasis. A gentle walk for about an hour - longer if you wanted to dally.
Not so good for wheel chairs all the way though much of it all would be accessible.

Visited April 2013
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