Awards & Testimonials

Garden Awards

Awarded ‘Gardens of Distinction’ by the Canterbury Horticultural Society, Rapaura was one of the initial 12 gardens to receive this award.


Awarded "Garden of Significance" by the
New Zealand Garden Trust.


New Zealand Garden Trust


A bit of history...

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. New Zealanders too; and some who visited as children themselves are now bringing their families to Rapaura.


The present owner, Sally Sank, is dedicated to the ongoing creation and nurturing of Rapaura in line with Fritz and Josephine's vision, believing that 'The best Garden is a well-kept wilderness'.

Rapaura Water Gardens Thames



What people say about us


Write a review

  • Rapaura Watergarden Thames NZ