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“Riwaka Retreat - What a Retreat” 5 of 5 stars
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Riwaka Retreat
55 School Road, Motueka 7198, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #6 of 26 Motueka B&B and Inns
Christchurch
1 review
“Riwaka Retreat - What a Retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2012

What a wonderful place to have a relaxing quiet holiday. We have been here for three or four years and am always sorry to leave. The Riwaka Ritz has always been clean and tidy and very comfortable and is all you really need for a good holiday.

Maree and Ken are excellent hosts, very knowledgeable, and can answer any questions you may have on the area. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone.

  • 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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KiwiMaree, Owner at Riwaka Retreat, responded to this review, February 26, 2012
Thank you Russell for reviewing Riwaka Retreat.
We know how you both love The Riwaka Ritz and we love having you visit us each year.

We hope Christchurch stops shaking soon and look forward to your next visit at the end of December 2012. We will try for some fish for you again this year!

Maree Owner/operator
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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English first
London, England, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

We had two fabulous Spring days, guided by Ken, and looked after by Maree, walking first from Marahau to Anchorage (with a water taxi pick up off the beach at 3.30pm) then second day, Tonga to Torrent Bay, this time with a water taxi outbound, stopping to admire the basking fur seals on the way.

Day 1 was glorious weather, super lunch prepared by Maree and eaten in the unique setting of their family bach (summer house) on Stillwell bay.. what a place and what a unique selling point for their company ! The water was just warm enough to swim. The path that day was mainly on the contour line so very easy and beautiful views.

Day 2 the weather was more mixed -- typical NZ Spring we were told - four seasons in a day (we're Brits so what's new?). More up and down hill on this route, a level of exercise we appreciated.

Being used to walking in the UK and France, we found walking the Abel Tasman national park was a new experience, with new birdsong en route, new plants to admire (and Ken was very knowledgeable on them all) and the perfect combination of easy underfoot, walking in dappled shade with stupendous views between the ferns and the NZ beech trees.

If we were younger and had more time, we'd have enjoyed camping along the way.

John and Kathy
UK

Room Tip: The Cottage has two bedrooms and a beautiful deck overlooking the lemon tree and the chickens.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 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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KiwiMaree, Owner at Riwaka Retreat, responded to this review, November 27, 2011
Kathy and John I am so pleased you enjoyed your days with us even with the wind and rain on your second day - this does make us appreciate our perfect sunny days of which we are renowned for in the Abel Tasman.

I hope you both really enjoyed the rest of your trip and John, you have set a new benchmark for mature clients on our Tonga to Torrent Bay trip. I do not expect to see this fall any day soon!

Kind regards and all the best.
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2011

Maree and Ken are very helpful and know the area so well that we were able to get the most from our all too short stay. Simply the best.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2011 via mobile

What a wonderful spot to take a couple of days off the track and rest up. Maree is great and has tons of suggestions for activities. Top notch.

  • Stayed January 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2011

We spent two lovely nights here and Maree made us feel very welcome. Our unit was clean and cosy and had everything we needed. Maree went the' extra mile' by sending on 3 shirts that I left in the wardrobe (thanks Maree). Would be happy to stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KiwiMaree, Owner at Riwaka Retreat, responded to this review, April 5, 2011
Thanks for taking the time to review us John. I was happy to oblige re the shirts - you would be surprised how often this happens! Got the letter thanks. Hope you enjoyed the rest of the South Island. Maree
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Krmelin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2011

Tidy suite located in a beautiful quiet garden away from traffic and tourists. Friendly welcome from the owners, well equipped unit, close to Abel Tasman NP attractions. It's a pity we didn't have more time to stay longer. Maybe next time...

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KiwiMaree, Owner at Riwaka Retreat, responded to this review, April 5, 2011
Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to review Riwaka Retreat. It is much appreciated. It is great that you would consider visiting us again. Maree
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2011 via mobile

Private deck and garden, clean newer studio unit with everything you would need for a short stay. Personally stopped by on the second night to see if everything was ok.

Will stay again and take advantage of their guided tours of the Able Tasman.

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KiwiMaree, Owner at Riwaka Retreat, responded to this review, April 5, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to review us and for your wonderful comments on Riwaka Retreat.
It is truly appreciated. We would love you to stay again and to show you "our" Abel Tasman National Park. Maree
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Additional Information about Riwaka Retreat

Address: 55 School Road, Motueka 7198, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Motueka
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Ranked #6 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Motueka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Riwaka Retreat Motueka, New Zealand - Nelson-Tasman

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