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“Great food, gorgeous gardens!”

Maire Nui Botanical Gardens
Ranked #5 of 67 things to do in Rarotonga
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Located on the south coast of the island, these gardens contain many local plants and flowers that are not only beautiful but have medicinal uses.
Hamilton, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great food, gorgeous gardens!”
Reviewed July 7, 2011

We found this by accident when we were driving past and went in for afternoon tea. I had the lemon meringue ,which was devine, and my partner had the chocolate cake , which was huge! Great Sized meal and very filling!

Visited June 2011
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“very disappointing”
Reviewed May 13, 2011

There were ants in my salad! the lady said thats just what comes with having fresh salad from the garden had she heard of washing them, and not much to the gardens saw more travelling around the island waste of money

Visited May 2011
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Waitakere City, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great scenery but the food is a tad overpriced”
Reviewed May 13, 2011

We went to this garden on a lazy Sunday afternoon as we had nothing else to do.
First the good points:
-The gardens are amazing, filled with lots of beautiful plants
-The man who runs this place is very friendly and loves questions
-Location is great, only a few minutes drive from my hotel

However the food was a bit overpriced for what you get!
we ordered one piece of cheesecake which was very yummy but way to small considering we had paid $14 for it!
They advertised pancakes on their menu which actually turned out to be only one pancake!
I felt a little ripped off because of this

Overall nice place if you want some peace and quiet

Visited May 2011
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Duedin, New Zealand
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Mmm! Great Cheesecake”
Reviewed March 8, 2010

We were drawn by the 'best cheesecake' sign on the side of the road and proceeded to the cafe which is situated off the road and over a small footbridge. There was ample off street parking available and we were greeted by very friendly staff who did indeed deliver the most delicious and beautifully presented cheesecake. We enjoyed our sweet treat in the most ambient outdoor setting before having a relaxed stroll around the garden which was filled with a stunning variety of plants and flowers. There is a small fee of $3 to enjoy in the sights but i think it was well worth it and i would recommend this attraction to other travelers.

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Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great Cheescake”
Reviewed September 23, 2009

VIsit this lovely garden and sit oustside while having cheescake and coffee.
The sign outside says best cheesecake must try.

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1 Thank Samantha P
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