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  Butterfly and Orchid Garden

AddressVictoria Street Tararu. We are situated within the Dickson Holiday Park, Victoria Street, Tararu, Thames, New Zealand. (Just 3km north of Thames in direction of Coromandel).
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Phone07 868 8080
Contact PersonSabine or Roger
HoursSummer season : 10am until 4pm (starting with NZ daylight saving time) Winter season : 10am until 3pm (starting after Easter) Winter break from mid July (after the school holidays) until the end of August.
Garden SizeAllow 1 hour
PriceFamily and group concessions are available.
Brochure Available?Yes
ParkingOff street for buses and cars.
ToiletsYes and wheel chair accessible as well.
Food AvailableW offers small snacks, hot and cold drinks.
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingAttached to our cafe is a large deck, where up to 35 people can sit. Our garden is designed with small sitting areas where visitors can watch butterflies flutter by the large waterlilly pond or waterfall.
PicnicsYes, outside on the deck.
Wheelchair AccessThe butterfly house is fully wheelchair accessable.
Dogs AllowedNo dogs please
Children AllowedYes
AccommodationNo, but we are happy to recommend local accommodation.
WeddingsYou can come, say yes and have your photos taken amongst the butterflies, but we can only fit small small groups.
Plant/Other SalesWe have a good selection of drinks and souvenirs for sale.
Guided ToursYes for groups, bookings essential.
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesThe Butterfly and Orchid Garden in Thames is New Zealand's first and only tropical butterfly and orchid house. In addition it is the only one in Australasia which is able to show butterflies from all over the world.

Building a Butterfly House

We provide a consultancy service for the building of butterfly houses. We give professional advice when designing and planning a butterfly house and help with the interior planting as well as the set up of the back ground part, such as quarantine and transitional facility.
Please contact us for more information. (A consultancy fee is charged.)

Tourist attractions in the region.
Many attractions in Thames can be found through our website or the website of the Thames tourist information.


The Garden

Take the time and enter this little wonder world, full of the most beautiful butterflies. Enjoy peace and magic while exploring our exotic garden. Follow a winding garden path and reach a splashing waterfall.

Discover our birds and stroll amongst beautiful orchids, water lilies and other flowers while butterflies flutter around you. You may even be lucky enough to have them land on you!

We also have more than 100 different plant species and 250 to 300 exotic orchids, which flower at different times throughout the season.The butterfly house is also the home for many different birds including Finches, Doves and Quails.

The butterfly house is fully sheltered and heated to suit the needs of its inhabitants our tropical butterflies and exotic plants. Therefor it is ideal for every day, rain or shine.

The Gardener

Roger has always been a keen gardener. He did his appreticeship in an orchid nursery and always loved these beautiful flowers. You can't separate plants from insects so it came naturally. He is an extremely creative person who definitely has the "green thumb". This shows in the unique combination of exotic flowers with incredibly amazing butterflies. Customers tell us they would come and see the gardens even without butterflies!
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