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Ruahine Road | Mangaweka, New Zealand
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Mairenui Rural Retreat
Ranked #99 of 1,009 Specialty lodging in North Island
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

A fantastic (and unique) experience with very gracious hosts. Fine dining with a strong continental theme - better than most restaurants and far more personal. Ideal for a short private holiday, or as in our case, a business retreat. I cannot recommend Mairenui highly enough.

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Greenmeadows, null, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

We had a great time! See you again. Highly recommended. We stayed in the retreat but walked to the other places. All good. Dinner was most enjoyable. The retreat is the most interesting and unusual building. Most of all we were made very welcome

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Wonderful place to stay with excellent dinner - delicious food and wine - yummy breakfast, comfortable bed, and great company from the hosts David and Sue. 4wd tour of the farm was great fun! We came away feeling very spoilt.

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auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

A wonderful place to take yourselves, some good friends, some kids and an intent to relax! Beautiful 360 degree rural views, relaxing activities like croquet, pool, feeding the animals, and cooking in the welcoming kitchen. We have been 3x with various families, and always come away feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Wonderful hosts, just a slice of peace and beauty.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

We've just returned from a lovely Easter break staying in the villa. The kids loved being surrounded by the farm and animals, we had a great swim in the river just ten minutes up the road, many games of croquet, walks, and all in all a brilliant time. The villa is a friendly old house with beautiful views, and lots... More

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wellington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

We enjoyed 2 nights at Mairenui, staying in The Retreat on the occassion of our honeymoon. We loved the complete peace and quiet and privacy of this special house. The view from the bedroom was hard to pull ourselves away from. We also enjoyed a few hours down at the river with the private swimming holes. This is the perfect... More

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SweetSueNZ, Owner at Mairenui Rural Retreat, responded to this review

We were so pleased you spent time at the Retreat, and we're glad it gave you a chance to unwind. Hope we see you again! More

South Molton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

This farmstay is in a stunning, peaceful location. My husband and I spent two nights in the villa and wished we could have stayed longer. The villa is very well equipped with everything you need and more, aswell as a gas bbq. It has real character and is incredibly good value for money. We really enjoyed the tranquility of this... More

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SweetSueNZ, Owner at Mairenui Rural Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for such a lovely review! It's so nice to have people appreciate the special qualities of our old villa. Would love to have you back if you ever make it to NZ again. More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Our 2 night stay at this beautiful rural retreat off the beaten tourist track was a highlight for our visitors from Canada. Perfect place to unwind, take a walk and read a book. Wonderful dinner with Sue and David who are generous and informative hosts that soon feel like friends. Will return whenever we can.

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SweetSueNZ, Owner at Mairenui Rural Retreat, responded to this review

It was a real pleasure to share Mairenui with you & your family from Canada. We'll look forward to having you to stay again - another dinner, another evening of conversation! More

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

We (couple + 2 year old boy) stayed in the Villa for 3 nights, a grand old home. It's showing its age a bit but everything works and it's a beautiful old house. The highlight is the garden, with slide, tree house, old tractor and landrover, as well as farm animals next door, and basically everything to keep our boy... More

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SweetSueNZ, Owner at Mairenui Rural Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the review, Hayley. We're glad you all enjoyed yourselves, especially your 2 year old. Hope you had a safe journey home across the water! More

Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Attended a staff retreat at Mairenui. Was a marvellous environment to relax and work productively with my colleagues. The welcome we received was marvellous with Matt and David ensuring we received the personal touch before David disappeared to do some Christmas duties. Sue, David, Matt and Leonie were consumate hosts - the food was great and everything was done to... More

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SweetSueNZ, Owner at Mairenui Rural Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review, I'm glad it worked well for your staff retreat. We do enjoy having staff and management groups ... it certainly keeps us on our toes! More

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Address: Ruahine Road | Mangaweka, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island
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