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Rippinvale Retreat

68 Rippingale Rd, Hanmer Springs 7338, New Zealand
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Ranked #2 of 15 Hanmer Springs B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 weeks ago
JimandEmma2014 Rangiora, New Zealand
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Rangiora, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Exquisite and decadent this beautiful retreat proved to be the perfect anniversary break for us. From the warm and hospitable welcome from Helen and John, to the simply delicious homemade culinary delights for breakfast, this reached far and beyond our initial expectations. Not to mention the spa bath beneath the stars, and a much needed Swedish massage - we'll be... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Friendly hosts, delicious breakfasts (not your standard continental!), great wine, affectionate cat, secluded location but only a short drive to town. All the extras you'd expect (bathroom products/tea/coffee etc) are a real step up from a standard motel/hotel :-) Helen and John clearly take pride in looking after their guests and it shows.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Sublime, heavenly, luxurious! From the moment we stepped out of the car, we were treated to the most wonderful hosting from Helen and John. We were truly spoilt and treated like royalty. Highlights include.... The most delicious canapés and wine, served on a silver platter and of course.... Jacuzzi under the starlight! Can't wait to come back! Love Jenny &... More

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Helen B, Owner at Rippinvale Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. We really enjoyed meeting you both and are now planning a trip to Christchuch to listen to your beautiful sultry voice Jenny ! In the meantime john and I are enjoying your fabulous CD. We look forward to seeing you again. Warmest regards Helen and John xx More

5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Dear Helen & John, Our sincere thanks for hosting us during my brothers wedding in Hanmer. Special occasion called for a special retreat, and Ripponvale was the perfect base camp. This is the 2nd time iv had the privilege of staying at your beautiful property - bringing my folks back this time speaks for itself. The attention to detail, the... More

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Helen B, Owner at Rippinvale Retreat, responded to this review

Hi Anthony .. How fantastic to catch up with you again and to meet your mum and dad as well. John and I were so pleased you had such a great weekend and that you chose to stay at Rippinvale again. Thanks for such a lovely review, it makes such a huge difference to us. All good wishes Helen and... More

Gore, New Zealand
14 reviews 14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

From the very first moment of arriving at Rippindale, our hosts Helen and John made us feel welcome and pampered at their beautiful property. One of the things I'm finding out about boutique Kiwi B&B's is the efforts the owners go to in creating a wee bit of paradise in their homes and gardens - Ripponvale certainly delivers here. Guests... More

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Mapua, Nelson
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

We had a two night break at Rippinvale and we're warmly greeted by Helen and Lily their beautiful Burmese cat. The Suites are very private but very well appointed and comfortable. Helen is a wonderful cook and delighted us each day with different canapés and wine before we went out to dinner and an amazing breakfast served in our Suite... More

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Helen B, Owner at Rippinvale Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you Ron and Fiona for your review. It was lovely to meet you both and we are pleased that Rippinvale was able to afford you both the R&R you needed ! Just a comment about "no mountain Views" however, It is a bit difficult to get away from mountain views in this beautiful alpine village and no less from... More

Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

What can I say except over a two week trip around New Zealand for our honeymoon we found this to be our best accommodation. Helen and John were great hosts, very welcoming and there to help out with any requests. The food was superb and there was more than enough too keep us going. The bed was the comfiest either... More

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Absolutely wonderful stay in hanmer springs, glad we did our research and came across this gem. Would definately recommend to all, fabulous friendly hosts who could not have been more welcoming and helpful. From making recommendations for dinner and confirming reservations to informing us of lovely local walks it couldnt have been made easier. John and Helen could not have... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

To travel half way round the world for a second visit says it all. After passing through for one night last year, these four nights enabled me to gain a much better insight into Hanmer and its surroundings as well as saviour the delights of Rippinvale Retreat. I love the proposition, your own suite with silver service breakfast providing on... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014 via mobile

We had charming hosts who made us completely at home including Lillie their Burmese cat. The breakfasts served in our suite, from an array of organically home grown fruits and berries, with home baked croissants, bread and condiments full of innovation and individuality, were the best we have ever had. The decor and setting were in keeping with the entirely... More

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Address: 68 Rippingale Rd, Hanmer Springs 7338, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Hanmer Springs
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A very special New Zealand experience, offering fine boutique accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere. Our suites are private and semi contained set in a private courtyard. Tariff includes pre dinner wine and canapes,fabulous gourmet breakfast of the finest locally grown ans seasonal produce and full evening turn down with Port and chocolates.Use of all facillities. ... more   less 
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