Rapaura is an example of man in harmony with nature. Abundant native bush and ferns, birds (Tuis, Fantails, Silver Eyes and Wood Pigeons), meandering walks over bridges and streams and a bush walk to a cascading waterfall. There are seasonal displays of native and exotic flowers. Irises and Bog plants in spring, Azaleas and Rhododendrons followed by Orchids, Begonias, Hydrangeas and Water Lilies from November to April. All interspersed with garden art. watch our video
Awarded ‘Gardens of Distinction’ by the Canterbury Horticultural Society, Rapaura was one of the initial 12 gardens to receive this award.
Rapaura is the realisation of the vision and creativity of two very dedicated people. When Fritz and Josephine Loennig purchased 64 acres of regenerating bush and grazing land in the Tapu Valley in the early 1960's, little did they realise that Rapaura would one day attract international visitors.
Today, 50 years further on, our visitors come from all around the world and many return again and again.
One of the pieces of art on display in the garden is a Genesa crystal, a sacred Geometric symbol; four circles forming a sphere composed of six squares and eight triangles. A Genesa crystal is an energy 'air conditioner'. It draws on energy from a radius of 2 miles, cleanses and balances it and then sends it back out. Genesa crystals can amplify a gardener's co-creative intentions and plants thrive and help to physically filter the air when their energetic environment is in harmony. (see photo below)
Other artworks on display in the grounds are Ponga sculptures by an award winning artist.
Rapaura is also home to one of Ian Trousdell's water sculptures, a flowform. Some sculptures are crafted from the trunk and root structure of native 'ponga', tree ferns.