Maire Nui Botanical Gardens, Rarotonga

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#3 of 11 in Parks in Rarotonga
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For a close and concentrated look at Cook Islands' rich plant life, stop by Maire Nui Botanical Gardens. Wander the trails among lily ponds, palm trees, and blooming flowers beds, and admire sweeping mountain views. Keep an eye out for native wildlife, like lizards and colorful birds. When you need to rest your feet, head to the onsite cafe and try the organic salads, made fresh each day. Visitors with a sweet tooth can choose from muffins or cheesecakes. To visit Maire Nui Botanical Gardens on your holiday in Rarotonga, and find out what else Rarotonga has to offer, use our Rarotonga vacation builder.
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  • The Cafe in the gardens is fantastic - absolutely brilliant friendly staff and lovely lunch food. A beautiful tranquil place  more »
  • The gardens were a delightful spot to stop on our bicycle around the island. There's a cafe with good food and one of the best island settings. Entry is by donation, cafe prices reasonable  more »
  • Botanical gardens that are cared for and overall pretty extensive. The entrance fee is $5 per head but it's worth it all. The garden also has a bar serving lunches. It is on the main road of the island; worth a quick stop for a refreshment!
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  • Great place to relax, eat and taken in the beauty of the Tropics! Love the fresh prawn salad! The flowers and trees were so beautiful and well kept!
  • Nice gardens to wander through. We didn't try the cafe.
  • The best place to experience the flowers and trees of the tropical Cook Islands, we walked through the vast gardens which were all well maintained and beautiful. There was a $5 donation at the entrance, which was well worth it, and a lovely cafe inside which had a great selection of salads and deserts. It was a pleasant walk through the gardens, and something that I'm glad to have visited.
  • Beautiful gardens, a must see.
  • Well worth the visit

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