Rapaura Water Gardens

Coromandel Peninsula

From Tapu, a mainly sealed 6km drive leads to the Rapaura Water Gardens, a marriage of water, greenery, sculpture and platitudes. It has accommodation on-site (cottage/lodge $165/285) and the well-regarded Koru cafe (closed May to September, mains $14 to $30).

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