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River Retreat
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   838 Puketona Road, Paihia, New Zealand (Formerly RiverRun Retreat)   |  
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Ranked #14 of 23 Paihia B&B and Inns
centre france
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23 hotel reviews
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“stay here - you won't be disappointed”
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, there is plenty of well designed storage for clothes and bags and a lovely place to sit out and enjoy the garden. The garden is huge with access to the river for bathing if you want. In the morning Roger cooks breakfast and chats about what to do in the area ( he'll even provide tomato ketchup if pushed!!) This is a great base as it's more or less in the middle between Paihai and Keri Keri. It's also within easy reach of ninety mile beach if you feel like a road trip up along the coast and back across country. In the evening Roger and Jan are always ready to help plan your day. We stayed here three nights and could have easily stayed longer.

Room Tip: One room has a view over the river the other is more private. Both are fitted out the same.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 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 Bay of Islands. All there suggestions for dinners and excursions proved the best. You cannot do wrong. I'll defiantly book again next trip up North.

Room Tip: All rooms (Only 2) are great. Great breakfasts
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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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 you would expect. We even went kayaking down the Waitangi river on kayaks supplied. Not only was the property stunning (river, gardens, birds) but the hosts were so friendly and knowledgeable on everything in the area. We had a great breakfast in the morning and a wonderful chat and glass of wine on the decks with Jan and Roger( the hosts) in the evening. Couldn't recommend highly enough

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 jar of homemade biscuits and an eiderdown duvet. The place was immaculate, homely and impressive all in one go. The breakfasts were delicious too. The whole experience was outstanding and great value for money. It is further out from Paihia but well worth the extra 10 minute drive to experience such a tranquil little haven.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 river room was amazing in itself. Roger and Jan made us feel like we friends who had come to stay for a couple of days, going out of their way to make us feel comfortable. The only thing I could pick was that the traffic noise does get up a bit during the day but you cant hear anything at night. I guess it was also peak holiday season too. Location was great too. Far enough out but close enough to town. I high reccomend anyone to stay here!

Room Tip: Go for the river view room if you can get it.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

We stayed in the Garden room for my wife's birthday visit to Paihia and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The rooms are very well appointed and Roger and Jan open their gorgeous home for a fantastic breakfast each morning and lovely chat. They are excellent hosts and could not do more to make us feel welcome and help point us to interesting local attractions. River Run is ideally suited to access Paihia or to head north and visit KeriKeri and beyond for day trips. We would certainly recommend this B&B for your next stay north.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
River Retreat Paihia, Bay Of Islands
Address: 838 Puketona Road, Paihia, New Zealand (Formerly RiverRun Retreat)
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — River Retreat 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Magical riverside setting, private and tranquil. ... more   less 
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