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Rapaura Watergardens

Rapaura Watergardens, 586 Tapu-Coroglen Road, RD5, Thames 3575


Experience the tranquil beauty of Rapaura Watergardens on The Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand

Rapaura is an example of a man in harmony with nature. Abundant native bush and ferns, water gardens, birds (Tuis, Fantails, Silver Eyes and Wood Pigeons), meandering walk over bridges and streams and a bushwalk to a cascading waterfall.

There are seasonal displays of native and exotic flowers. Irises and Bog plants in spring, Azaleas and Rhododendrons followed by Orchids, Begonias, Hydrangeas and Water Lilies from November to April. All of these are interspersed with garden art.

We can be found on Trip Advisor here



The Gardener

When Fritz and Josephine Loennig purchased 64 acres of bush and grazing land in the Tapu Valley in the early 1960s, little did they realise that Rapaura would one day attract international visitors?

The present owner, Sally Sank, is dedicated to the ongoing creation and nurturing of Rapaura according to Fritz and Josephine's vision, believing that 'The best Garden is a well-kept wilderness'.


At Rapaura we also cater for Group visits, weddings (ceremony, reception and bridal accommodation) and private functions. Please call or for more information.

Other Facilities

Located about 90 minutes drive from Auckland along the spectacular Pacific Coast Highway and a similar distance to the cities of both Rotorua and Tauranga, The Coromandel is one of New Zealand's premier holiday destinations.

The Coromandel's dramatic and unspoiled coast, with native pohutukawa trees on the western side and beautiful white sandy beaches on the east, offers endless opportunities for fishing, diving, boating, surfing and swimming.

Artworks on display in the grounds are Ponga sculptures by an award-winning artist. One of the pieces of art on display in the garden is a Genesa crystal. Rapaura is also home to one of Ian Trousdell's water sculptures, a flow form.


  • Accommodation
    Ideally situated as a base from which to explore the Coromandel, we offer accommodation in either the Lodge or a Country Cottage, both situated in the grounds of Rapaura.
  • Price
    October - April Adults: $15 Child: $6 Family: $36 (2 x adults + 2 x children) May-Sept Adults: $10 Child: $2
  • Parking
    Off-road for up to 50 cars. Bus park available.
  • Wheelchair Access
    Unfortunately, the pathway is too bumpy for wheelchairs and therefore not comfortable, also there are steps. We, therefore, offer those in wheelchairs to enter the Garden free and their guides to take them to the large lily pond where they can enjoy a restful time in the surroundings, whilst their friends and family walk around the garden.
  • Dogs allowed?
    Pets not allowed, even on a leash, as there are ducks and chicken wandering the gardens.
  • Food available?
    October - April Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm Breakfast, Morning tea, Lunch and After tea served Home-baked cakes Toasted sandwiches Hearty soups served with home-baked beer bread Selection of Bruschetta Pizza Signature Dishes like fresh Hauraki Flounder Holder of Beef and Lamb Excellence Award 2011 - 2014 Dam' good coffee.
  • Cafe/Restaurant available?
    KORU at Rapaura, our cafe is open from October to April.
  • Picnics
    Picnic area available to visitors to the Garden.
  • Children allowed?
    Our visitors come from all around the world and many have returned again and again. New Zealanders too; and some who visited as children themselves are now bringing their families to Rapaura.
  • Toilets?
    We have been told we have 'the best toilets in New Zealand'. Disable toilets also available
  • Seating
    Comfortably seats 40 pax. Maximum number 60 pax.
  • Plants/Sales
    We offer a full range of New Zealand made craft & souvenirs.


Rapaura Watergardens, 586 Tapu-Coroglen Road, RD5, Thames 3575