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Maire Nui Botanical Gardens

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Address: Titikaveka, Cook Islands
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+682 55 795
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Located on the south coast of the island, these gardens contain many local...

Located on the south coast of the island, these gardens contain many local plants and flowers that are not only beautiful but have medicinal uses.

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beautiful gardens setting cafe in amongst it all, great lunch and service wioth a smile best place to take time for yourself like a little lost world... oct 2015

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Timaru, New Zealand
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Timaru, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

beautiful gardens setting cafe in amongst it all, great lunch and service wioth a smile best place to take time for yourself like a little lost world... oct 2015

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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37 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not that impressed as it seemed like any piece of tropical garden with a few paths thrown in and a couple of dirty, muddy, smelly duck ponds.

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Napier, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although this is not a must see, if you are in Raro with kids, its a nice way too fill in an hour or so. Lovely gardens and flowers. The cafe states, best cheese cake ever (or something) we thought it was quite tasty but a bit over-priced. Get a cup of special tea instead of coffee.

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United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely, and the kids really enjoyed wandering around and taking photos of flowers. The restaurant was also good and we had a really special time sitting in the garden. A must see!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take the time for a stroll through the gardens - enjoy the riot of topical colour and smell the gardenias - stop for a coffee of lunch if hte cafe is open - parking is limited so you might have to pull off the road nearby.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic tropical garden with really beautiful plants. Plenty of level pathways, benches and water features. The garden has an excellent cafe with delicious salads and drinks. A must if you visit Raratonga - the public bus stops just outside.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a lovely spot to spend an hour meandering about for a suggested $5 donation. The hosts are very friendly and the gardens provide a lovely contrast to the surrounding dense forest. The cafe here felt a touch pricey compared to elsewhere on the island but the food was good (in my opinion, better than "standard cafe" food) so... More 

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Auburn, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

For whatever donation makes you happy, you can enjoy a stroll among beautiful flowers and wonderfully fragrant scents. Don't miss the opportunity for a great lunch at the restaurant nestled among the trees. While dining, be sure to look through the picture books documenting the development of the gardens.

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Thank Brent S
hardtoget, Owner at Maire Nui Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Kia Orana Brent. Thank you for your positive review. It is great to hear that you enjoyed yourself during your visit to our garden as well as our Hidden Spirit Cafe'. Cheers & Happy Christmas John & Hinano More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

The transformation from a bare piece of land to this beautiful garden setting is quite remarkable. If your wanting a but of noise and ra ra, head into town, if your are looking for peace and relaxation with a great lunch, this is the place for you. The service was great, we were tended to by a delightful Fijian guy... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

As a plant lover, I found this garden to be one of the best I have seen anywhere in the tropics. Especially since it is on private property. We paid the entrance fee but did not stay for food. Food area was very nice but restaurant looked overpriced. The garden is beautiful but may be overwelming and confusing if you... More 

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