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Ngatea Water Gardens

1 Bratlie Place, Ngatea 3503, New Zealand
+64 7-867 7275
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We went as a couple on our way to the airport but the visit to the Water Gardens only took us 30... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2017
Melbourne, Australia
via mobile
Not worth a detour.

Nice to see the lotus in flower but otherwise very average, not worth $10 to get in. A sense of... read more

Reviewed 19 January 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
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Tranquil 5 acre garden paradise, with bridges, waterfalls, waterwheels and magical fountains. Imprinted concrete paths throughout, combined with a huge variety of plantings, make these gardens ideal for year round viewing. Friendly hand fed birds, plus funny signs and scenes throughout the gardens gaurentee to make you laugh. Cafe, giftshop, picnic areas, playground, plus function centre for weddings, etc.
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  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
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1 Bratlie Place, Ngatea 3503, New Zealand
+64 7-867 7275
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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

We went as a couple on our way to the airport but the visit to the Water Gardens only took us 30 mins which we felt was not good value for $12 pp. The gardens are beautifully tended and might be better enjoyed by young...More

Thank gollyoz
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Nice to see the lotus in flower but otherwise very average, not worth $10 to get in. A sense of humour is an individual thing and mine obviously differs totally from the owner as I found the supposedly funny signs everywhere lame and decidedly unfunny...More

Thank MagusD
Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

If you love photography, if you want somewhere romantic, if you want incredible moments with the parks wildlife, this is the place to be, take a picnic, grab your camera and allow time to kick back and enjoy. Great place for a wedding. Dont forget...More

Thank Lynette A
Reviewed 1 November 2016

An easy walk amongst beautifully kept water gardens. Interesting plants and features along the path, with an array of water birds. Great for a family picnic

Thank SRMgan
Reviewed 28 October 2016

We've driven through Ngatea hundreds of times and seen the sign for the gardens but never stopped so when it was my birthday I decided that's where I wanted to go. We turned up on a sunny Saturday morning not really sure what to expect....More

Thank Jacqui P
Reviewed 5 June 2016

We have been intending to visit the gardens for a few years and finally managed today. What a fabulous place. Buy the 40 cents packet of fish and bird food as you enter and just enjoy the wonderfully well kept gardens the wacky signs a...More

Thank Carolyn F
Reviewed 15 May 2016

If you want to really check out an attraction, take along a variety of age groups. This middle-aged woman took along her 30-something daughter and 3 year old granddaugther. There was absolutely, definitely, totally something for all of us to love and enjoy. Plenty of...More

Thank Sandra R
Reviewed 7 May 2016

Wow, seen the sign for years and never stopped before! What we've been missing. Charming gardens, but the humour was the best. The cannery museum was well enjoyed by all. As was the kids quiz as we went round. Laughed from start to finish, brilliant!...More

Thank KKG007
Reviewed 26 April 2016

Ngatea water gardens are a wonderful hidden gem. A great place to visit. Make sure you buy some animal food on the way in as there are lots of birds and fish to feed. Take your camera as there are tons of photo opportunities. The...More

Thank 779samanthag
Reviewed 23 April 2016

Stopped off here as a break in a drive from Auckland Airport (with a jet-lagged passenger) to Tauranga. Had a picnic lunch and a stroll round the garden. It is a very pleasant place to while away an hour or two.

Thank MoragHughson
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