RAPAURA Watergardens, Thames
(4.2/5 based on 150 reviews on the web)
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. Make RAPAURA Watergardens part of your personalized Thames itinerary using our Thames travel itinerary planner.
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  • Not worth the drive from Flaxmillbay. Fortunately it was bad weather, because this garden isn't amazing at all. There were alot of water lilies but all the same and they haven't been that spectacular....  more »
  • Well worth the drive from Whangamata where we stayed the week.Peaceful and restful.Enjoyed the variety of plants and art.The ducks were delightful too. The waterfall was well worth the walk. 
  • Viewing the water gardens was a pleasant experience even on a dull day. A lot of work has gone into creating and maintaining an interesting garden. However the entry cost was a bit steep for what is n...  more »
  • Before arriving here I was honestly worried about how to kill our time without internet as there was no WiFi or mobile network in the villa. I was happily proved wrong. My wife and I walked along the tracks to touch the real nature here, and had a peaceful night by listening to the music and talking to each other. This place is unbelievably marvelous and reminded us of one of the simple but often overlooked principles of our life - to live, to talk, to laugh and to share with the people who are really important to us.
  • A beautifully planned garden, not much flowering in February but still showing great bones. We so enjoyed the shady walks and the greeness on such a hot day. The walk up to the waterfall is well worth the time. The meal at the restaurant was the best meal of our trip. Seeing this garden in spring would be ideal, when all the magnolias, rhodos, camellias etc will be flowering.
  • Price to the gardens is a little bit too high (15 $), but the guys from the Restaurant are very friendly and the food was great.
  • Really nice gardens with an excellent waterfall.
  • Don't waste time, effort and money in this very commonly decorated garden....$15 for the entry is not worth it.... U will thank me for providing this review....