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Rippinvale Retreat

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We had no idea what to expect having never stayed at a place like this before and I must we were pleasantly surprised. The service was fantastic and the food was delicious we felt very spoiled. The rooms were lovely and the garden was beautiful. The place had a lovely relaxing feel about it and having a spa to ourselves... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We had a great stay in Rippinvale for a couple off nights, John and Helen were excellent hosts that made you feel welcome and pampered. Breakfasts and canapés were amazing We have recommended others to Rippinvale Retreat

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Just had a wonderful 3 nights at Rippinvale Retreat. My husband and I wanted somewhere peaceful and pampering for our wedding anniversary and we weren't disappointed. The earlier reviews were not wrong at all! Beautiful clean, well-appointed suite, with incredible breakfasts (and we didn't even go for the cooked option!) The pre-dinner drinks and canapés were a lovely touch and... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Very nice retreat for a weekend getaway. There was an exceptional level of personal service and great attention to detail, including being brought a glass of wine and canapes at 6pm each evening, plus turning down of the bed and chocolates on the pillows. The breakfasts were gourmet, everything was either homegrown or homemade and beautifully presented. Only negative comment... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We have just had the most wonderful and weekend with Helen and John as our hosts at their boutique retreat. The unit was spacious and well appointed. The bed was especially comfortable. The retreat is set in a most beautiful garden with expansive grounds.The food was exquisite and extremely generous. Homemade treats, freshly baked breads, their own preserves and fruit.... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Wow what a great place to take somebody special. Major brownie points for the Lads most deffinately! Great place to chill and spend some quality time with someone yiou hold dear to your heart. As for the hosts I couldn't ask for any one better than Helen & John they are lovely people and if Helens reccomends anything to you... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We had a very relaxing couple of days here at Rippinvale Retreat. The hosts, Helen and John, spoiled us with excellent and substantial home baked breakfasts, evening canapes with wine, and chocolate on the pillows. We enjoyed the hot tub and walking around the extensive and beautifully planted grounds. Our hosts' knowledge of the area enhanced our enjoyment of the... More 

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Rangiora, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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Thank JimandEmma2014
Wellington, New Zealand
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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 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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 

Additional Information about Rippinvale Retreat

Address: 68 Rippingale Road, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Hanmer Springs
Price Range: $209 - $271 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Rippinvale Retreat 5*
Number of rooms: 2
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