On the way home from our trip to Whitianga, we decided to take a detour and see the other side of the Coromandel Peninsula. (side note: “wh” is pronounced with the sound of a “f” here in New Zealand which is something I had to get used to when attempting to pronounce the town names)
The Rapaura Watergardens are located down a gravel and curvy road as we made our way west. The 64 acres of land are privately owned and have cute cottages on site available for overnight stays.
Upon arrival we were greeted by the sweetest lady at their cafe’ where we paid for our admission and picked up some duck food. The gardens walk took about 45 minutes to complete and lead us from one picturesque backdrop to another. The grand finale was this beautiful 7 level cascading waterfall. Andrew climbed up to get a better view!
The perfectly manicured flowers lined the walk. There were ponds to circle, bridges to cross, sculptures to admire and ducks to feed to list a few highlights.
The ducks approached as soon as we crossed the red bridge and were impatient to get their afternoon snack. They had the girls surrounded!
The stream water was freezing cold but that did not stop the girls from crossing the rocks and sticking their feet in. We took advantage of having this backdrop and made sure to capture plenty of photos.
This was not the easiest place to get to but worth the detour. Following our walk we enjoyed a tasty lunch there and I took home some delicious Kerikeri Tea!