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River Retreat

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838 Puketona Road, Paihia, New Zealand (Formerly RiverRun Retreat)
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

We arrived mid-afternoon, after driving from Waipoua Forest on the West Coast. Roger was busy with maintaining the extensive and very beautiful grounds, but soon appeared to welcome us, and offer a refreshing drink. The guest rooms are in a separate wing of the architect designed building, and are connected by a covered walkway. There is direct, level access from... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We spent five nights at River Retreat, a good amount of time to tour the Bay of Islands, all of which are within driving distance. The room was spacious and immaculate set in a beautiful garden visited by many varieties of native birds, looking down to the Waitangi river. Our hosts Roger and Jan could not have been more kind... More 

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Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

We were welcomed to the retreat by Roger who was hard at work manicuring his beautiful lawn. The fruit of Jan and Roger's labor is apparent both inside and outside the property which is as immaculate, as it is stunning. This type of detail one would normally expect in a five star hotel. I would highly recommend it for couples... More 

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Thank you so much. We really appreciate your recommendation. More 

Munich, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

The most luxury B&B we've visited during our trip. Jan and Roger are wonderful hosts. The daily cooked breakfast was delicous with a great variety of fresh fruits! The calm room is genorously sized, in a seperat house. The garden is extremly beautiful and is localized next to waitangi river. If you are looking for a quiet, lovely place in... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Arriving in the middle of Jan and Roger's lunch made no difference. We were warmly welcomed offered tea or coffee and shown our room. One of two purpose built ensuite rooms ours was decorated in white and green with lots of little touches such as chocolates by the bed, cookies in the jar and bath robes. The bed is comfortable,... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Roger and Jen were very lovely hosts and the location and setting is just serene and lovely. They make sure all the comforts of home are there for you to enjoy and no stone is left unturned in the detail including chocolates by the bed and a luffa cloth in the bathroom. Brilliant spot of heaven when travelling in the... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

My husband and I and our dear friend enjoyed an amazing stay at the River Retreat B&B. beautiful setting with all the luxuries that you would expect at a five star lodge. As per the other comments the only negative is location but as long as you have a car it's not a problem.

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

My partner and I have just had a fantastic weekend at the River retreat. Not being regular b&b people we are now convinced as it offer so much more than a hotel or motel. The rooms are just luxury and being semi detached from the house (connected by covered glass walkway) they are very private. The place offers more than... More 

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Auckland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

My partner and I stayed at this stunning boutique bed and breakfast as a last minute, spontaneous decision whilst in Paihia. We were given such a warm welcome by Roger and Jan who went out of their way to ensure we were relaxed and catered for. The rooms were really special with small, gorgeous touches that were thoughtful like a... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

What an amazing place. My girlfriend and I stayed here just after a new year. We dont normally stay in b and b's but due to the amount of them in the area we tried this one and we werent dissapointed. The rooms were detached from the house so you had your own space. Waking up to the view from... More 

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