Walk down the beautiful hydrangea lined drive of Rainbow Falls Tea House and you are greeted with a beautifully renovated 1920's New Zealand Villa. Situated perfectly in a traditional English Cottage Garden this is a rare find in the Kerikeri area. The owners are Fay and John Cooper, originally from South Coast of England but recent arrivals from Auckland. Since late 2016 Fay and John have been working on developing the Rainbow Falls Tea house garden by planting a mix of perennials, camellias and shrubs.
During late winter the daffodils bloom in the borders of the garden while through spring and summer the perennials, camellias, shrubs and stunning climbing roses are well and truly on display. The more established and mature trees complete the traditional English garden picture and provide year round protection for the flower beds.
Rainbow Falls Tea House is enhanced by classic mauve wisteria flowering in spring and hydrangeas blooming through summer, providing the perfect spot for morning or afternoon tea or light lunch. At the rear of the property is a small orchard with orange trees, a vegetable garden and chicken house where a handful of Light and Corronation Sussex chickens roam. At the end of the garden you can hear the Rainbow Falls waterfall in the back ground.
Fay and John have worked in this garden since late 2016 with the help and advice of local Kerikeri gardening teams. Fay is an avid gardener with an eye for traditional English country gardens.
74 Rainbow Falls Road, Kerikeri, Northland
Next door to Rainbow Falls Waterfall.
From Kerikeri Road at the eastern end of the township turn left onto Heritage Bypass.Turn left at the roundabout into Waipapa Road.Turn left into Rainbow Falls Road and head down the end.
+64 9 401 7077 +64 272 625 670
Rainbow Falls Tea House will be open again for Spring and Summer from 3rd September 2019. Opening hours are 10am - 4.30pm every day except Monday.
1 acre of traditional English garden. Allow 1 to 2 hours for your visit.
There is no charge to visit the garden if you are eating at the Tea House.
Some parking on site, plenty of parking next door at the Rainbow Falls waterfall
Toilets available on site including disabled access
Breakfast (served until 12pm) - sample menu includes:
Local free-range eggs served as you like them on Ciabatta toast.
Honey toasted muesli with fruit and natural yoghurt
Locally grown avocado on toasted sourdough served with buffalo feta with roasted tomatoes.
Local free-range eggs freshly scrambled with a side of New Zealand Smoked Salmon
Pan fried mushrooms with wilted spinach, herbs and balsamic vinegar on toast
Extras: Roasted tomatoes, Avocado, Mushrooms, Sausages, Streaky Bacon, Smoked Salmon
Lunch (served between 12 - 2pm) - sample menu includes:
Homemade soup served with toasted ciabatta.
Selection of sandwiches made fresh to order
Freshly made quiche served with a side salad and seasonal relish
Homemade Pies and Pasties
Ploughman's Platter (to share between 2)
Traditional handmade Pork Pie, a selection of New Zealand cheese, homemade farmhouse pickles and gherkins served with a salad and ciabatta bread
Rainbow Falls Tea House serves morning and afternoon tea as well as offering light lunch. The Tea Menu offers guests a wide selection of teas sourced from around the world. The Traditional Morning and Afternoon Tea includes a selection of savory pastries, hand crafted sandwiches, homemade cakes, and freshly baked scones – and they don’t hold back on their serving of delicious homemade jam and clotted cream. Rainbow Falls Tea House prides itself on using the best local seasonal produce and handpicked ingredients from the garden as well as local producers.
Approximately 16 tables available. Indoor and outdoor
No picnics in the garden.
The short walk, starting from the car park takes you down to the base of the falls and is 400m long. It is accessible by wheelchair and suitable for buggies. If you want you can continue on and follow the longer trail that leads to the Stone Store and the Keri Keri basin.
Rainbow Falls Tea House is fully accessible by wheelchair including ramp access and easy access toilet facilities.
Dogs are welcome on our veranda. Please ensure your dog is safe and kept on a lead. There is a friendly dog, Saxon, that lives at the property.
Children are most welcome
Rainbow Falls Tea House offers a luxury Guest Suite with king-size bed, private en-suite bathroom, exclusive sitting room and French doors that open onto private veranda. Out on the deck you will be greeted with your own private hot tub and view of the gardens.
Weddings available on request - please contact us to plan your special event. Rainbow Falls Tea House is licensed for alcohol sales.
Book in for special occasions - Rainbow Falls can cater for large groups and events such as baby shower, engagement party, birthdays, anniversaries and more.
Watch for some plant sales and cut flowers in the future.
Function Center Available?
Rainbow Falls Tea House is excited to introduce a wine and beer list to our offerings from Tuesday 3rd September. Over the past few months we have been working with the council and relevant bodies to get fully qualified and certified to bring our visitors and guests a choice of hand selected wine and beer. We think it will be the perfect accompaniment to your High Tea, Brunch or Lunch with friends, or for your upcoming special occasion. If you have a birthday, engagement, anniversary, baby shower or just want to celebrate then contact us to book in and discuss beverage options.
Rainbow Falls Tea House offers a wide variety of menu items, including breakfasts, morning and afternoon tea, lunch and of traditional High Tea for those special occasions. The delicious Rainbow Falls breakfast has been highly rated by guests with popular choices such as Mushrooms on Toast, Organic Honey Toasted Muesli, and always fresh local free-range Eggs on Toast! Traditional Morning and Afternoon Tea’s includes a selection of savoury pastries, hand crafted sandwiches, homemade cakes, and freshly baked scones – and they don’t hold back on the serving of delicious homemade jam and clotted cream.