Rapaura Watergardens

Awarded ‘Garden of Significance’ by the New Zealand Gardens Trust. Rapaura presents visitors with New Zealand’s nature. Experience the natural bush walk to the 'Seven Stairs to Heaven'.


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Rapaura is a 64-acre private estate nestled in the midst of the Coromandel Forest Park, 20 minutes north of Thames, offering a superb example of New Zealand nature at its best.

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A mature property, which has evolved over more than 30 years, Rapaura offers something for everyone.

Native trees and ferns, seasonal exotics, birds in their natural environment, lily ponds, water features, meandering walks over bridges and streams, ponga sculptures by an award winning artist and a relaxing bush walk to a cascading waterfall, 'The Seven Stairs to Heaven'. Cafe and craft shop also available.

Ideally situated as a base from which to explore the Coromandel, we also offer self-catering accommodation in a lodge or garden cottage.


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Physical address

Rapaura Watergardens, 586 Tapu Coroglen Road, RD5, Thames, Coromandel, 3575, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
The Gardens are open from 9.00am - 5pm, 7 days a week, all year round.
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
2hours from Auckland airport
Proximity to coach terminal:
30mins from Thames
Proximity to town:
30mins from Thames, 45mins from Coromandel town

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $15.00
(15 year(s) and under)
Other charges:
Family: $36 (2x Adults + 2x Children) Children under 5 FOC
Further pricing information:
Bus drivers and tour guides FOC. For groups over 20 pax, reduced to $12 per adult.

Language support

  Written Spoken
French NO YES

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