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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
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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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We popped into the Jester House Cafe while on a bike ride. We'd been told it was "quirky" by our bike rental proprietor and she was right! Wooden elephants, cool art, fruit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
JojoAshland
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Ashland, Oregon
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Ashland, Oregon
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31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We popped into the Jester House Cafe while on a bike ride. We'd been told it was "quirky" by our bike rental proprietor and she was right! Wooden elephants, cool art, fruit trees, etc. Has been voted "best cafe in all of NZ" several times. This year it won "People's Choice" award for best cafe. Definitely worth a stop! Very... More 

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Thank JojoAshland
Alice Springs, Australia
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome place to go for breakfast and lunch. Really helpful staff. Good place for the kids. Big play area and animals

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1 Thank Muiscie
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove by chance and decided to go in - it was one of the best decision ever! Food was good, staff are very friendly and the gardens have magical feeling. It is like we were in the enchanted garden. It made us really happy :) Totally recommend!!!

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Thank Hiroko T
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On a busy Sunday we sat in the garden and enjoyed the view while the kids investigated the eels. Lovely sweet slice , fresh savoury muffins and great coffee were served. Despite a shower of rain we had a great time . Recommend

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Thank Heather S
Motueka, New Zealand
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an iconic venue, with fancy chooks and tame eels to entertain the child in us all - a great place for a family outing. The food is always delicious and never disappoints and the owners and staff are delightful. We are so lucky to have people and venues like this in our area.

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Thank Pam S
Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visit each year for brunch while on holiday and this time took another family along too. They loved it and the food was great. Kids drinks are pricey but you're at an 'attraction' so it's a once while on holiday albeit there's free table water ;)

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Thank Aaron C
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent cafe with beautiful gardens, and lots to keep the kids entertained. As well as the eels, there are several places to play, and outdoor games including large chess set. We just had drinks - which were great, but food also looked amazing.

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Thank stingray1818
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love coming to Jester's. I have brought my daughter here often in the past, as well as friends and family. This is a great place to show off to visitors to the region and with its themed grounds and tame eels, which you can feed by buying a bag of appropriate food, has much to keep the family and... More 

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Thank Grant N
Hamilton, New Zealand
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44 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We popped into Jester for coffee one morning and the place was buzzing with families. the café is open for breakfast and lunch and you can easily spend the day there. lots of activities and the eel feeding is a special treat. We decided to book in for brunch the following days and it was very nice. Good service and... More 

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Thank Sassysas1970
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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82 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

This was a memorable part of our holiday 20 years ago with our then young son, so he wanted to visit again while in the area over the Christmas break. And he was not disappointed. The now 34 year old was just as excited to be feeding the eels as they wriggled out of the water to be fed and... More 

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