Maire Nui Botanical Gardens, Rarotonga

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#3 of 11 in Parks in Rarotonga
For a close and concentrated look at Cook Islands' rich plant life, stop by Maire Nui Botanical Gardens. Wander the trails among lily ponds, palm trees, and blooming flowers beds, and admire sweeping mountain views. Keep an eye out for native wildlife, like lizards and colorful birds. When you need to rest your feet, head to the onsite cafe and try the organic salads, made fresh each day. Visitors with a sweet tooth can choose from muffins or cheesecakes. Add Maire Nui Botanical Gardens and other attractions to your Avarua trip itinerary using our Avarua attractions planner .
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  • A nice quiet walk around the garden, however some areas seemed a bit more unkept than others. A bit underwhelmed by what I could see, but each to their own of course. We didn’t dine at the cafe howeve...  more »
  • The gardens are a great place to relax. The hidden cafe was great, good food and friendly staff. Definitely try the Cheesecake  more »
  • I stopped into the Botanical Gardens early one morning before it got unbearably hot out. If you enjoy nature put this on your list of things to do. Everything in the gardens was so picturesque it was ...  more »
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  • Small but beautiful gardens to walk through. The cafe was closed in early March during our visit.
  • Very nice location, beautiful. Service was friendly. A bit overpriced however, especially for vegetarians. We had the paw paw salad without the chicken and they still charged us full price ($18.50; fancy lettuce, carrot and paw paw - that's it). Cheesecake was amazing but again overpriced ($16.50).
  • Beautiful gardens with so many lovely tropical trees and flowers. A lot of work goes into them. The cafe is a hidden gem (the name Hidden Spirit Cafe is appropriate). We had a delicious meal as well as making some purchases from their gift shop.
  • Great place to relax, eat and taken in the beauty of the Tropics! Love the fresh prawn salad! The flowers and trees were so beautiful and well kept!
  • Great little garden and a relaxing atmosphere. However, a very limited menu with just salads and a salad like sandwich in regards to food. Supper friendly staff, but the shortfall for the place is, if you’re hungry, you’ll only have a very limited menu and expensive for the small portions served and the fact that all meals are virtually salads 🥗
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