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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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Great food and beutiful spot!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Hemsedal, Norway
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Hemsedal, Norway
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Kiev, 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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112 reviews 112 reviews
38 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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18 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
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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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Motueka, New Zealand
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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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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