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Jester House Cafe and Tame Eels

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Address: 320 Aporo Road, Motueka 7173, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-526 6742
09:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:30

The Tame eels at Jester House have been an attraction for 20 years. They...

The Tame eels at Jester House have been an attraction for 20 years. They are naturally occuring stream fauna in many streams in New Zealand but their numbers have deminished due to habitat destruction and over fishing.This is your chance to get upclose and handfeed these suprising creatures

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What a great cafe

We stopped here on our cycling holiday with friends. It was such a great find especially if you had children or were young at heart. The cafe had provided so much fun for children... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Anne H
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60 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here on our cycling holiday with friends. It was such a great find especially if you had children or were young at heart. The cafe had provided so much fun for children from dressing up with tails, to painting Easter egg paintings, exploring all the nooks and crannies in the adventure playground, climbing the tree to slide down... More 

Thank Anne H
jesterhouse, Manager at Jester House Cafe and Tame Eels, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful description of Jester House Cafe and your experience of the play land and activities. We are delighted when our guests are able to enjoy all the fun - children and adults alike - that is on offer and have eaten and hydrated well, too. More 

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26 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Loved it. Restaurant is really something special. Food is very very good. And staff is also very nice

Thank Tanja K
Timaru, New Zealand
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Do not miss out on stopping here for lunch or just a drink especially if you are travelling with kids. Service was a little slow as they were super busy at lunch time. But food was lovely.Home made wedges were divine as accompaniment to our mains.The highlight is the play ground and open areas for kids to run around sand... More 

Thank Julianasarg
Wellington, New Zealand
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20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

We were taken by family to Jesters yesterday .we sat outside. We were welcomed warmly and taken very good care of. The food was quickly delivered even though the cafe was very busy,even on a Monday. The food was beautiful,as it was on the previous visit. The environment is beautiful, I can imagine many a happy family gatherings there,what a... More 

Thank Katrine715
Calgary, Canada
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16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

We dropped by without a reservation yesterday after reading about Jester House on Trip Advisor. We were greeted warmly and told they were fully booked for tables outside and would we mind sitting inside. The waitress was very sweet and told us if something opened up, they would move us outside. Our kids took off to play in the many... More 

1 Thank Wicked28
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Lovely menu and a wealth of adventure for the kids to explore safely. Would be my local if we were locals!

Thank Abbie T
Dorking, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

you wont regret it- it has good cakes and coffee and lots to look at. Even (bizaarely) tails to wear???

1 Thank Laura P
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40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

You can choose a table in the garden or indoors, you can wander the gardens or climb down a steep bank to the tame eels. It's a quirky sanctuary with grass and trees. There's a play area for the kids. You'll be served by friendly staff. We had a yummy smoked fish salad and a venison burger. We heard a... More 

1 Thank ZaraMarque
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
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43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Great cafe/restaurani in beautiful surroundings. The food is always excellent and it has a lovely vibe about it.

Thank Peter H
Christchurch, New Zealand
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442 reviews
194 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Quaint and quirky cafe with lots to do and see, as well as good menu. Try the lemon tart. Or watch the eels in the creek.

1 Thank happysheepChina

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