Maire Nui Botanical Gardens, Rarotonga

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#3 of 10 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 Rarotonga trip itinerary using our Rarotonga attractions planner .
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  • Very nice garden with a honesty box entry. Kids enjoyed seeing all the interesting plants and fruits great to see something different from home. Nice walk, easy terrain. Take a hat as in certain spots...  more »
  • This was our fourth visit in 2-1/2 years and we were looking forward to lunch at the little outdoor cafe. Sadly we found it to be closed and now only opening on 3 days a week. The plants were lovely a...  more »
  • Our flight from LAX got in very early and we needed to wait until 2pm to check into our villa so we circumnavigated the island stopping at places that were open early on a Sunday. The Marie Nui Botani...  more »
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  • 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 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 🥗
  • 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!
  • The best place to experience the flowers and trees of the tropical Cook Islands, we walked through the vast gardens which were all well maintained and beautiful. There was a $5 donation at the entrance, which was well worth it, and a lovely cafe inside which had a great selection of salads and deserts. It was a pleasant walk through the gardens, and something that I'm glad to have visited.

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