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Jester House Cafe and Tame Eels

320 Aporo Road, Motueka 7173, New Zealand
0064 3 5266742
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Ranked #9 of 20 Attractions in Motueka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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... more » 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 « less
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Motueka, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

A great place for lunch. Lots of areas to explore, games to play and tame eels to feed. A varied menu to please all tastes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

A very welcoming place after a bike ride. Yes, there are bike stands. Going through the gate over the bridge past the children feeding the eels in the creek was like entering a fairy land. The outdoor seating is absolutely stunning, looking out onto nearly an acre of superb creativity. There were lots of families with children and they seemed... More

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We heard about the 'tame' eels and had to stop. We had a fun time feeding the eels and trying to keep the cat away. We only got a little food, so I cannot comment too much on the Cafe. I can say that the Ginger Crunch was hands down the best on our trip. Walking around the grounds was... More

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sunland, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Wild eels practically climb out of the creek to get fed! If you're very adventurous you can try to pet one. The cafe serves great food & drink.

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Motueka, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

If you want to be away from the city come out to Jester House for a pleasant afternnon in bush surroundings. The food is good and the staff friendly. Bring your friends and see the tame eels. Good place to take the children.

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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Despite its' high rating in NZ, I was not too impressed. Yes you can feed eels but toilets offered inadequate hand washing facilities. The food was average with vegetarian options poor (included non-vegetarian cheese) and service slow. Dunno why it's rated so highly.

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Carlisle, Cumbria.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

Unusual setting with the added attraction of tame eels'. Yes they do actually come to you for food. Hold on tight to the feeding stick! Well-cared for cafe which won NZ national award in 2013/14. Good food and friendly service.

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Darwin, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We didn't have any coffee but we had food and the food was outstanding. Service was 5/5 and the actual cafe is something you have to visit to understand. They have tame eels. Enough said.

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Tauranga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Great cafe , very friendly atmosphere - eels are an unusual but interesting addition - you can buy eel food to hand feed them

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Christchurch
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

We were given a voucher to redeem while on holiday at this place. We were told it was fantastic. Quirky place (right down to the eco-loos) with interesting play areas for the kids and you can feed the eels (assuming they have food left which in our case they didn't). The food was a little disappointing (I think my expectations... More

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