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Jester House Cafe and Tame Eels

Address: 320 Aporo Road, Motueka 7173, New Zealand
Phone Number: 0064 3 5266742
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Ranked #9 of 18 Attractions in Motueka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The Tame eels at Jester House have been an attraction for 20 years. They are naturally occuring...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: 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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Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Awesome food, great atmosphere, and the kids loved exploring the grounds. A must on our annual holiday.

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Pukekohe
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We had a great time here, feeding the eels, playing giant chess and the playground for younger children looked good - especially the rustic wooden animal creations :D Oh and the food was YUMMY!

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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Stopped in for coffee late afternoon. Cakes and coffee very good. Great environment. Played the giant chess, admired the sculptures. Awesome play area if you have young kids. Compost toilet explained well. Quirky and cool.

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Auckland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Lovely and quaint cafe a few kilometres away from the Motueka township and worth travelling from Nelson (around 33km). The table service was a bit slow - we ordered at about 12:53pm and received our dishes at 1:21pm. However, the service was quite accomodating. I had to tell the waiteress that we had to leave asap, she followed up our... More 

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Renwick, New Zealand
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

In fact this café won the New Zealand café of the year last year and it certainly lives up to its merits. Beautiful lunch with 2 of the meals being vegetarian. Excellent service and yummy food.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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37 reviews 37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Went on a tiki tour today with friends. Went for lunch at Jester House, they had never been. As good as ever,as busy as ever. Thanks for a great lunch.

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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We stopped here due to the ad for tame eels and we were pleasantly surprised by the unique cafe and garden! Children would love exploring the garden and interactive wooden sculptures while adults can join in or enjoy the delicious coffee and food that is on offer.

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Perth, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We were driving by here on the way to some beach that was meant to be awesome and just had to stop when we saw the "tame eels" sign. We didn't eat here or even have a drink. But what we did do was way better...... We fed "tame eels" with the local "tame eel food" and it was rad!... More 

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Lancefield, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

An unusual place to have lunch in a great setting and we were glad that we sat outdoors. Service and food were adequate, but the tame eels a non-event. Find the beautifully perfumed rose "Jude the Obscure" on the way in or out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Delicious tart we ate, great coffee we drank. Price was reasonable. Staff were friendly. Ambience was good. What else can I ask for?

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