Jester House Cafe and Tame Eels, Motueka

4.7
#5 of 15 in Things to do in Motueka
A rather unusual attraction, Jester House Cafe and Tame Eels make up part of a complex including an artsy cafe, fairytale accommodation in a Boot, and organic garden. You can hand-feed the tame eels and touch them with no worries. Wash your hands and head to the charming garden cafe that offers excellent food like seafood chowder and cheese soufflé. The attraction's owners also boast daily fresh-baked bread and preserves made from local products. Wi-Fi is available, and children will enjoy the Enchanted forest play area, too. Jester House Cafe and Tame Eels is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Motueka Edition. See Jester House Cafe and Tame Eels and all Motueka has to offer by arranging your trip with our Motueka trip planner.
Create an itinerary including Jester House Cafe and Tame Eels
map
Places to stay near Jester House Cafe and Tame Eels
Jester House Cafe and Tame Eels Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
161 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • Bike rode to the cafe had lunch which was excellent but must say the highlight is the feeding the eels unbelievable little or should I say big slithers, great atmosphere really recommend the place.  more »
  • It's kind of a cool place to go, especially with kids who enjoy the star attraction - feeding the eels. Food is okay, and nice surroundings, very different to the norm, which makes it unique, worth a ...  more »
  • Visited here twice on a recent holiday in Tasman. Better known for lunches, we arrived for breakfast which is served until ~11.15. Simple food but well seasoned and as such full of flavour. Lovely gar...  more »
Google
  • My brief stop at Jester Cafe was absolutely 5/5. I can see why this place was NZ Cafe of The Year once upon a time. The 'Sushi Bowl' was an inspired deconstruction and so fresh. Many thanks to the staff who accommodated my needs (ashtray, speedy meal). Beautiful surroundings, great food and service. Thank you!!!
  • Beautiful lunch today, the food was amazing, I had the BLAT which was flavourful and filling, the bread was extremely fresh and perfectly salted. The chutney was to die for and I with I could have taken some with me! The home made lemonade was really nice and had a very traditional rate to it. The iced chocolate could of used more overall liquid, it was in a small glass and was mostly filled with ice cream so it turned into more of a dessert than a drink. The eels were really cool to and feeding them was pretty cool also. The overall atmosphere was amazing very calm and peaceful with heaps of places for the kids to run around and explore! Overall I love with this place and hope I will have the chance to come back some day!!
  • In LOVE with this cafe. Such an amazing environment!! Friendly staff, yummy food and coffee and exciting areas to explore with children.
  • Always good. Super fun place to explore with the kids. Can stop for a take way coffee and cake or a long visit for great food and adventure in the fun gardens.
  • Had a late breakfast with family. The service was friendly and polite. The staff we attentive. Our breakfast and coffee's were amazing. We would all highly recommend

Plan your trip to Motueka

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Jester House Cafe and Tame Eels by other users

25 days in South Island BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 45 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM CANADA February, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM INDIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Nelson BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND April, outdoors, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 59 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 2 days in Motueka BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in South Island BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Nelson-Tasman Region BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: January, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Nelson-Tasman Region BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 55 days in South Island BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 2 days in Motueka BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Nelson BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans