RAPAURA Watergardens, Thames

4.5
#2 of 17 in Things to do in Thames
Enjoy the colors and scents of an award-winning garden at RAPAURA Watergardens, a tranquil oasis abundant with native plant and animal life. The seasonal displays of domestic and exotic flowers make this a great place to amble around at all times of year. See the rushing waters of natural waterfalls and listen to the sounds of the forest in this 26 hectare (64 acre) park. You can relax at the onsite restaurant/cafe (the cafe is open October-April), and extend your visit at one of the attraction's two boutique accommodations. Take a look at our Thames tour itinerary maker app to schedule your visit to RAPAURA Watergardens and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Create an itinerary including RAPAURA Watergardens
map
Places to stay near RAPAURA Watergardens
RAPAURA Watergardens Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
203 reviews
Google
4.4
TripAdvisor
  • After a stressful morning of driving "left", we visited the gardens to relax and unwind. The flowing streams and pretty flowers did just that. It's a gorgeous walk, but the path to the cascade waterfa...  more »
  • We traveled from Coroglen to the gardens which is a very windy narrow gravel road. Not recommended for timid drivers! The gardens were amazing and well cared for. I found the walk up to the water fall...  more »
  • 9 km off the main road and 30 mins north of Thames, this is a super garden to visit. Our weather was overcast and at times raining but this just added to this lush and v green garden. It is divided in...  more »
Google
  • If I visit New Zealand again I would avoid this place and go to Hamilton Gardens instead. I called up a day beforehand to ask whether they would open on Christmas Day and at what time and the old lady answering the phone said yes they will be open. So we planned our trip to visit on Christmas Day. We showed up 10 min early but the place was closed. We waited to 10 past 9 and realised this place was not open for business. We called but there was no answer so we left in disgust.
  • A hidden gem, wonderful little garden with some statues in it. There were lots of tiny things to discover all around and the fresh Coro-Mussels were delicious! We highly recommend to those who enjoy nature and bring time to discover the area.
  • A little gem in a Bush hideaway. The restaurant has a nice menu to select from but you must remember it is isolated so don't expect a la carte. Service very professional and friendly.
  • Another great day out 😀, can recommend this to everyone. Beautiful gardens well laid out. A little tricky in places for disabled people. Superb cafe with excellent food and fine coffee. Pictures to follow
  • This place was kind of a surprise package, this has good Bush walk then a cascade fall's and nice Cafe with good stay as well with good gardens all across.

Plan your trip to Thames

  • 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 RAPAURA Watergardens by other users

50 days in Auckland Central BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Coromandel Peninsula BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Auckland Central BY A USER FROM CHINA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Coromandel BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Auckland Central BY A USER FROM CANADA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in Matamata BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 42 days in Auckland Central BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 36 days in Auckland Central BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND April, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 41 days in Auckland Central BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 58 days in Auckland Central BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 38 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 35 days in Te Aroha BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans