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StopPlateTectonics
⏳ 12-2021
4.6

Best Sculpture Park in the World

Holy crap, this is my favourite art sculpture walk I’ve ever done, and I’ve done heaps all across the world! This is a MUST SEE if you are ever near Thames.

We were the only ones on the property during our ~2 hr visit, but this place deserves tons of patrons. The recommended entry fee (donation) is $5 per adult, but in my very honest opinion, it is worth at least 3-4x that or even more, and they could charge that without anyone blinking an eye at the value they get for their $$. There are details upon details upon details here, many layers of interesting things to look at and lots of areas and ground to explore, and you feel the magic of the place as you walk around. The grounds are ENORMOUS, meticulously kept, and are constantly being improved upon by the passionate owner and groundskeeper/sculptor, both whom we met and were welcomed warmly by.

The grounds holds so many cool features, not to mention all the beautiful artwork, some of which has become a part of the forest and almost absorbed by it, making it seem like it has always been there, or should have been. If you aren’t looking hard all around you to catch everything, you will miss a magical detail. There’s so much to see here!! A labyrinth, a very nice nature / art walk, a swing!, a stone circle, a bamboo forest walk leading to a nice stream, a garden/art studio area, and more I’m sure I’m forgetting. There also were gorgeous unique plants all around, particularly orchids and other colorful flowers.

They provide very cool walking sticks which are adorned with crystals and carvings for you to borrow while on the walk. These are amazing and they should sell them because I’m sure people would buy them. We ran into the owner who showed us her workshop and current walking stick project. We also chatted to the groundskeeper a ton and he had a lot of very interesting things to say about the nature all around us and the history of the land, as well as how he creates and sculpts the gorgeous art in the many stone slabs around the property.

From chatting with them, they clearly have tons of more projects and additions they want to do around the property, so you’ll see even more here than I did!

As the groundskeeper said (paraphrased), "Remember, as you walk around, you’re not visiting us, you’re going on a journey within yourself." Go here for a magical, real, local Coromandel experience you won’t soon forget!
NeeNee B
⏳ 12-2021
4.9

Fabulous.

We recently had a great couple of hours with 3 generations of our family, here. Pathway is suitable for most walkers (I have 2 total knee replacements and faux knee caps) - chooses of pathways with a gentle meander or a more challenging climb up the top. Every family member enjoyed themselves here. Lots to see, lots to enjoy - and the owner is a real delight.
music657
⏳ 12-2021
4.7

Mahara Magic Garden

A walk around the 10 acre sculpture garden and pottery is a wonderful experience. Heather’s creativity abounds in the bush walks where you encounter crafted sculptures, then you emerge in an open space at a labyrinth and proceed through the food forest garden to encounter the bamboo forest path walk down to the stream. The final area is a magical stone circle. A Not to Be Missed experience/ then go to Rapaura Watergardens Up the road.
tematabay
⏳ 12-2021
4.7

So worth a visit - you will not regret it

You will never regret pulling off the road to walk through the beautiful Mahara Sculpture Park. The bush walk is fascinating with the pottery of Heather Chesterman, renowned Coromandel potter featured. There are unique installations - a dragons den, Covid 19-inspired sculpture, large significant sculptures and the walk it self is awesome. It opens into a beautiful lawn with a labyrinth, stone circle, food forest, walks amounst the bamboo to the river. Heather and Martin have open studios so you can meet and speak to them. It will amaze you and is so worth it. It is different from the Rapaura Gardens just up the Tapu Coroglen Rd. Do both. They are equally unique and there will be time enough for both. Bring the family - everyone will love it, but keep an eye on the children. This isn’t a playground!
NemaNZ
⏳ 12-2021
4.6

A beautiful spot, a very Coromandel experience.

Another beautiful spot here on the Tapu Coroglen road just up from Tapu. It felt very Coromandel like! Meeting Heather was a bonus, learning about her pottery and reminiscing about the good old days in Coromandel Town and all the colourful characters we both knew. My daughter and I worked up a healthy appetite on the bush trek. It was a challenge but worth the effort for the bird song, the towering trees and the views. I was thankful for the hand carved walking sticks that were thoughtfully provided, which helped me get to the top. The Kauri pond walk was a refreshing and relaxing way to finish our visit. Then it was off to Rapaura, just along the road, for our slap Up lunch. A great day out.
kokien24
⏳ 12-2021
4.6

magical sculpture park

This beautifull sculpture park is really interesting to visit. It is located in the coromandel and is a situated on a high peak. It is a 20 minute bushwalk that takes you through lush regenerating native bush up to the Kauri Tops viewing point past magnificent tree ferns, sculpture, eclectic pottery, over ’the swamp’ bridge into Bromelias Way and into the open expanses of the park it self with the labyrinth, stone circle, swing and willow dome.

It is a magical experience.
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