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“Beautiful spot, amazing cafe”

RAPAURA Watergardens
Ranked #2 of 17 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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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Beautiful spot, amazing cafe”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2013

This is a lovely place to visit. Walking through the gardens to the waterfall is an unexpected pleasure when travelling the Tapu Coroglen Road. Round off the visit with a meal or coffee at the cafe. Really good selection at the gift shop too - quality items and at a very good price. The road tot he gardens is worth it, too - and it is BEFORE the really windy bits that go over the hill.

Visited August 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“Very expensive for nothing!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2013

The gardens are completely overpriced. There are similar gardens in the old quarry near Whangarei and they are free to enter.These ones need more gardening and cleaning, the pond with lillies and ducks is more like a swamp. The customer service is not up to high standards.

Visited February 2013
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nz
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“lovely place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

We had a picnic at this very peaceful place. The waterfall was very cold which was lovely on such a hot day. I was unsure whether the children would enjoy but they loved running around and hiding from us.

Visited October 2012
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Thames, New Zealand
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27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Spring into Heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Auckland
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50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Truly boutique accommodation”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank YuliaNZ
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