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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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9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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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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what a beautiful place!

Jesters House is such a beautiful place with so many lovely details. Love having a coffee there or a nice vegetarian burger :) Its also a nice place to visit when you have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
JaninaPopina
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Motueka, New Zealand
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Motueka, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Jesters House is such a beautiful place with so many lovely details. Love having a coffee there or a nice vegetarian burger :) Its also a nice place to visit when you have children with you. They can play at the nice playground, watch the animals or feed the eals.

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Motueka, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

A lovely place to spend a saturday brunch, great seafood chowder.great service, lovely gardens.for the children feeding the eels is a lot of fun, they are huge.

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We went there for our wedding anniversary and the food was great along with the local wines and beers. The playground for the grandies is excellent and feeding the eels is a bonus

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Motueka, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Great food in a relaxed outdoor setting. Indoors too if weather damp or cool. Get up close to the eels. Good value and you will likely remember the time you called in to savour.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Beautiful country cafe. Great food, drinks and service. Lots of play areas for little ones! It was lovely and relaxing sitting in the sunny garden with a glass of wine!

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

A quick stop for a coffee hit and couldn't think of a better place. Great surrounds, art and sculptured gardens. A great selection of gluten free treats, had to have the caramel slice and the Orange almond cake! Yum. Pay $2 and feed the eels and the cat will welcome you to feed it too. Lol Great place!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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