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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
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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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Favourite place for everyone in our family

Love the food, love the coffee, love the staff, love the honest service, love the animals, love the setting, love the play things, love the Ford over the stream to the car park... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Sarah T
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Love the food, love the coffee, love the staff, love the honest service, love the animals, love the setting, love the play things, love the Ford over the stream to the car park, love the composting toilets, love the school holiday activities.

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Thank Sarah T
Nelson, New Zealand
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144 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Jester House is a wonderful place to stop for 10 mins or for half a day. There is so many fun things to explore and do here, feeding eels, playing on the very imaginative & quirky playground. And did I mention that the food is fantastic?!

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Thank Raewyn7150
Pincher creek
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came during holidays super busy. But they had processes in place to make the visit go smoothly. Great meals and coffee! Perfect place for parents as kids are safe and love all the play areas!!

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Thank Savvysav123
Arrowtown, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One in particular young Maori woman, same as my service a year ago who is super friendly, has excellent knowledge of the food served, goes out of her way to chat yet is quick, smiley and efficient. An asset to her employers. Shared with me that she had a ? 5month old child in the past year. Makes you want... More 

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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191 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unfortunately it was raining heavily so the Tame Eels were in survival mode somewhere else but there were other attractions including the beautiful garden, giant chess and the friendly cat.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Lovely outdoor setting for brunch or lunch. Excellent safe play area for the children to explore whilst adults enjoy coffee and a selection of items from an extensive menu.

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Thank Ali C
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Stopped for coffee, sampled the scones, lovely, and the eggs Benedict, everyone was very happy! beside an open fire. The eels had gone to bed for the winter and it was too cold to sit outside. But we all want to come back in the summer, sit outside and enjoy the location.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

For the 6th year running, Steve and Judy of Jester House created and presented a degustation menu for our group of friends. The menu was highly creative (with a "from here" theme) and beautifully executed, with matching wines. All in all a superb red-carpet evening for a group of nearly 30 discerning and choosey guests. The decor and ambience was... More 

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Thank Neil B
Lincoln
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181 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

It was obviously not eel season when we visited as there was only one lazy eel hanging around the feeding station. It ignored us completely as we didn't have any food for it. We have been before when there were lots of eels and one nearly dragged me in, so I think it was the time of year. We had... More 

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Thank Lemmus
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58 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

We've been here a few times when we go to Kaiteriteri. There's a bit for kids to do outside, the food is reasonably priced although not if you're thinking lunch for a large family. Great for morning or afternoon tea and the eels are a fun extra at little cost.

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