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Jester House Cafe and Tame Eels

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Address: 320 Aporo Road, Motueka 7173, New Zealand
Phone Number: 0064 3 5266742
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Description: 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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Loved the whole experience

Cool setting great food great coffee and the cider was damn good too well worth the visit great place for kids.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Cool setting great food great coffee and the cider was damn good too well worth the visit great place for kids.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We always look for something unusual and enjoyed this place....run by a circus performer, very homey, comfy beds, some outside rooms which we loved, big kitchen inside the house and owner makes fresh preserves from unusual mixes of NZ fruits . Also bakes fresh bread early each morning if you wish to pay a small amount for it. we did... More 

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jesterhouse, Owner at Jester House Cafe and Tame Eels, responded to this review

Hi Diane, I'm glad you enjoyed enjoyed your time in Tasman but I'm not sure this review is about Jester House as we aren't circus performers and our accommodation in 'The Boot" only has one queen bed and no outside rooms. We do bake fresh bread in the cafe every day and make preserves from local fruits but not in... More 

Havelock North, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Heard at lot about Jesters so made sure we popped in for a snack on our trip. It was in a lovely spot and on a very cold day was nice to come into a cozy room with a lovely fire. We decided to just grab a scone with jam and cream which was great and a couple of coffees... More 

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Hemsedal, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We went here for lunch and had a really good time! The food was great and the café is pretty with a great atmosphere and friendly staff! Feeding the tame eels was pretty cool too :) Beautiful garden with a lot of art work.

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Odessa, Ukraine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This is a tourist hotspot, an attraction - and often the food at such places is very bad or, by best, average. So we've been really surprised by the quality, taste and price of the dishes we ordered. The seafood chowder was really good, the cheese soufflé fantastic - as it should be. I hope they'll keep their quality up!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This place is super quirky. The playground is well thought out - a mix of old and new but great place for families to spend time together. The food and service were both good. The eels are awesome!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

We only had coffee and cake here, so cannot comment on the meals. The grounds are great, with loads to interest the kids, to include the tame eels for feeding. Well worth a visit.

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JP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Very charming cafe in a garden setting. Warm wood interior with soft lighting. Attentive and friendly staff and management. The food was tasty, well presented and reasonably priced. Not surprising it won best NZ cafe award. A nice area for kids to play also. Highly recommended!

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Intrigued by the sign saying tame eels we tried Jesters. We found a cafe that didn't need a gimmick but the eels were fascinating. The food is very good. Lots of choice and somenice salads. The eels were as stated, very tame. They look really primeval as they rear up to take mince off a spatula. Great fun.

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We went to the Jesters House for lunch in January and it was wonderful. We have 2 children aged 6 & 8 and they enjoyed macaroni cheese for lunch. I had fish with salad and potatoes and it was divine. My husband had seafood chowder which he enjoyed too. There are a lot of options in the cases inside for... More 

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Additional Information about Jester House Cafe and Tame Eels

Address: 320 Aporo Road, Motueka 7173, New Zealand
Phone Number: 0064 3 5266742
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Motueka
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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