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“The place to stay in Riverton” 5 of 5 stars
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13B Shrewsbury Street Riverton | Southland, Riverton 9822, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 Riverton B&B and Inns
Ponsonby, Auckland
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“The place to stay in Riverton”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

Recently I was planning a trip to Riverton and as soon as I saw Gay & Arch had a B&B there, I knew there was no where else to stay. I had stayed at a place they had in the Catlins years ago and loved it. When I rang Gay, she booked a table for us for lunch at Mrs Clarkes cafe and for dinner at the Pavilion. Both were great.
We were welcomed with a cup of tea, chat and cake, had a glorious sleep. The other guests they had staying were American and have stayed with them many times over the years, that says something about their hospitality.
After dinner we all came back for a drink and hogminay cake which was a first for me and delicious.
The B&B is halfway between the Rocks and the wee township and at breakfast I watched sheep in the paddock next door. I don't think I have ever seen a bathroom with so much supplied in it. We will be back as Riverton is such a special place and two days was not enough.

  • 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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4Rs, Owner at Riverton Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, February 19, 2012
Thank you Sasha from Ponsonby, for someone as experienced as you two are, I feel very humbled at your kind review, Thank You. We enjoyed the wonderful chance of reuniting after so many years, and to have two such intelligent couples at the same time, was extremely stimulating. The best part was, how you all enveloped our area, how you all got out and explored what we have to offer, in this part of the country. We will look forward to a return visit from you, so maybe we need more concerts near-by to bring you Aucklanders down to see how we really live down here.
Take care of each other, and don't work too hard. Take time to smell the flowers.
Regards Gay and Arch at 4 R's Riverton
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Ponsonby
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

Sally and I decided to take a road trip to Riverton which was a childhood summer play ground for Sally when young and I knew something if its history as a fishing port. We choose to stay Gay and Arch who are legendary hosts in the bed and breakfast world. We were welcomed with with a personal warmth offered, refreshments including home made cakes.
Our room was spacious and we wanted for nothing .
We dined with other guests Dick and Dorothy from the United States at the Pavilion restaurant at Colac Bay, a recommendation of Gays and shared an enjoyable meal .
Breakfast is an event with a generous selection of cooked choices and freshly prepared fruit and home made preserves. Nothing was to much to ask for and when we returned home to Ponsonby a pair of shorts I had left there and had not yet missed was there was waiting for me.

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  • 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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4Rs, Owner at Riverton Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, February 24, 2012
Sir, to have such praise from one so experienced is amazing, and I thank you sincerely for your wonderful words. You and Sally were such a treat, and honour to have stay at our place. Your inspiration, and experience you shared with us, was so helpful, we are never too old to learn. I sometimes wonder why we are still hosting after so many years, but the rewards we receive from guests such as yourselves, makes it well worth it all, the fun and laughter, and camaraderie one experiences are so rewarding. Your wonderful Hotel in Ponsonby, which we have also had the pleasure of experiencing, is a joy to behold. May we all have the heart to keep on keeping on, and continue to enable us, the chance this way of life gives us, opening our homes to the peoples of the world.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

We stayed with Gay and Arch for two nights and can't say enough about the quality of the experience. Gay is an outstanding hostess. She is helpful and informed, and there is no detail too small to receive attention. Our room was spacious and beautifully appointed. The view from our bedroom and sitting area was magnificent. And the breakfasts! Anything your heart desires, wonderfully and generously on offer.

Tell your friends and make this a must stop.

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  • Stayed February 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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4Rs, Owner at Riverton Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, February 11, 2012
I thank you Mr C and Mrs C for your very kind words. It was such a pleasure having you both to stay for the 6th time. Wow you have followed us around the country to all our B&B's and each time we see you, I swear you both get younger, I wonder what your secret is ? I just pray you keep on, keeping on for many many years to come, maybe we can set a record. We do look forward already, to your next visit to our wonderful Country, what amazing ambassadors you are for us Kiwi's. Take care of each other and continue to love as you do.
Our, sincere love, from both Arch and myself.
Gay, Riverton Bed and Breakfast, 4R's (now you know what 4R's stands for)
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

We stayed here on the recommendation of the owners of Arrowtown Lodge. Like everything else they recommended, they were spot on.

The owners were lovely and the room was top notch. We didnt intend on staying the night in Riverton, and when we called to check availability for that night the owners were out of town, about an hour away. Without asking, they cancelled their plans and came back to meet us. How's that for service?!

Would absolutely stay again.

  • Stayed December 2011, 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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4Rs, Owner at Riverton Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, February 2, 2012
Hi you two, you write, as lovely as you are!! We do hope your trip went well after leaving us, and all was as good for you as it had been.
We are so lucky to be able to meet such people as yourselves, and feel very honoured you chose to stay with us. Look forward to your return trip in the future?? You look after each other real well!!
Regards
Gay and Arch 4R's B&B Riverton NZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

It was great and relaxing place to stay. Rooms were large, but cozy with beautiful view over the ocean and lush greens. Nice touches everywhere like excellent cookies and snacks comfy covers and robes, and etc. Gay was great host, excellent advices on restaurant and traveling tips. I think we adjust out trip based on her recommendations. Also she did us really great and extraordinary breakfast and gave us excellent sandwiches for our picnic on day trip. We were very impressed and wish we could stay and relax a little bit more.
Beach house café bar was excellent choice for dinner. We were impressed with excellent quality of food and creativity, as well as wine list!

  • Stayed November 2011, 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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4Rs, Owner at Riverton Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, February 2, 2012
Hi, do hope life in the fast lane is all back to normal, does this not make you wonder why you didn't stay in our wonderful country?? It was such a privilege to meet you both and look forward to your next visit. You take good care of each other Kindest regards
Gay and Arch Riverton Bed and Breakfast New Zealand
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

Such a lovely and welcoming place to stay in extremely comfortable and beautiful rooms, and Gay's breakfast was out of this world! A stunning location too, looking out onto the sea and up to the mountains in the distance. Great for the nearby More's scenic reserve walk too, and Gay's recommendations for dinner were fabulous too. So many extra touches too, so thoughtful! Thank you Gay and Arch for your hospitality, Si, Ben and all the family.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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4Rs, Owner at Riverton Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, January 10, 2012
We just loved having the privilege of meeting you both, and hearing about your exciting life, before and after, so interesting and educational.
Do hope you come back to New Zealand ,and would just love it if you bought your skills to our Country, we need people like you, especially in Riverton!!!
Take care and keep on enjoying life.
Thanks for sharing your life with us.
Gay and Arch at 4R's B&B Riverton.
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

In organising our trip around New Zealand, I had many B&B's to look at and decide which looked the best for the budget we were on. At the same time we also wanted to see the country and enjoy what it had to offer. We came across the Riverton B&B and we were not disappointed. Gay was extremely friendly and very welcoming on our arrival and could not do enough for us. She even moved us into the better room at no extra cost to us. My partner was overwhelmed by the items that were stocked in the en-suite bathroom. Short of a Pandemic, most ailments could have been cured by what was there!

Her travel recommendations were excellent and the picnic bag she packed for us meant we did not starve at all on our journey to Doubtful Sound which was her recommendation,

We had a wonderful time staying with Gay and her husband Arch and we would thoroughly recommend anyone who is passing through Riverton, to stop and stay a day or two at Gay's place. A great stay and if we get back to New Zealand we will surely try and make our way back there. Thank you Gay and Arch for your hospitality.

Room Tip: All rooms are great! There are only 2!
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  • Stayed September 2011, 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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4Rs, Owner at Riverton Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, November 17, 2011
Hi Alan and Kathy, I am sorry I didn't get notified about your review until one of my guests mentioned it, so am sorry I haven't replied sooner.
You were both a delight to have to stay at our home, we did enjoy your company so much, and so happy about how you wanted to explore our area, it makes our hearts warm when guests enjoy our location.
Your local pub you ate at, are missing you heaps. I think RWC should be held every year in New Zealand, don't you?
Stay well and happy and you have a great trip home Kathy.
Thank you for choosing our place to stay, look forward to your next visit.
Kindest regards
Gay and Arch
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Address: 13B Shrewsbury Street Riverton | Southland, Riverton 9822, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Riverton
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Riverton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Base yourself in Riverton, and explore the wonderful untouched area, walk, bike, jog, swim in the sea, visit Stewart Island, go fishing, visit Te Anau for the day, climb the Hump Track, it's all here, and it's not too crowded. - Relaxing River Reflections at Riverton. There are no strangers at our place, only friends we haven't met. At our home you have the choice of accommodation. We recently bought this property and spent many weeks redesigning the house, to give guests their own space, and separate wing. There are two en-suite rooms to choose from and everything is new, with lots of thought put into ensuring your comfort. Each room offers peace and quiet and superb views to either the river or the sea with magical sunrises and sunsets. Your hosts Gay and Arch Maley have been operating B&Bs and looking after the comfort of guests for OVER 22 years. The breakfast is to "Live For," giving many choices of home made offerings which can be eaten alfresco, or in the comfort of the dining room, still with wonderful views. Receive a FREE BOTTLE OF N.Z WINE when you come to stay with us. We also provide FREE WI-FI to all our guests. ... more   less 

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