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“Great place” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mairenui Rural Retreat

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Mairenui Rural Retreat
Ranked #340 of 1,249 Specialty Lodging in North Island
Greenmeadows, null, New Zealand
1 review
“Great place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013

We had a great time! See you again. Highly recommended. We stayed in the retreat but walked to the other places. All good. Dinner was most enjoyable. The retreat is the most interesting and unusual building. Most of all we were made very welcome

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

Wonderful place to stay with excellent dinner - delicious food and wine - yummy breakfast, comfortable bed, and great company from the hosts David and Sue. 4wd tour of the farm was great fun! We came away feeling very spoilt.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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auckland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

A wonderful place to take yourselves, some good friends, some kids and an intent to relax! Beautiful 360 degree rural views, relaxing activities like croquet, pool, feeding the animals, and cooking in the welcoming kitchen. We have been 3x with various families, and always come away feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Wonderful hosts, just a slice of peace and beauty.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

We've just returned from a lovely Easter break staying in the villa. The kids loved being surrounded by the farm and animals, we had a great swim in the river just ten minutes up the road, many games of croquet, walks, and all in all a brilliant time. The villa is a friendly old house with beautiful views, and lots of places for kids to play and adults to relax both inside and out.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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wellington
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

We enjoyed 2 nights at Mairenui, staying in The Retreat on the occassion of our honeymoon. We loved the complete peace and quiet and privacy of this special house. The view from the bedroom was hard to pull ourselves away from. We also enjoyed a few hours down at the river with the private swimming holes. This is the perfect place to come when you only have a night or two to spare when you really want to be away for a week. 2 nights felt like we were away for a week, that's how relaxed it was!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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SweetSueNZ, Owner at Mairenui Rural Retreat, responded to this review, March 31, 2013
We were so pleased you spent time at the Retreat, and we're glad it gave you a chance to unwind. Hope we see you again!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

This farmstay is in a stunning, peaceful location. My husband and I spent two nights in the villa and wished we could have stayed longer. The villa is very well equipped with everything you need and more, aswell as a gas bbq. It has real character and is incredibly good value for money.

We really enjoyed the tranquility of this beautiful setting and although we just took time to relax we found time to fit in a game of tennis on the concrete tennis court. We would love to think that we can return one day.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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SweetSueNZ, Owner at Mairenui Rural Retreat, responded to this review, March 31, 2013
Thank you for such a lovely review! It's so nice to have people appreciate the special qualities of our old villa. Would love to have you back if you ever make it to NZ again.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

Our 2 night stay at this beautiful rural retreat off the beaten tourist track was a highlight for our visitors from Canada. Perfect place to unwind, take a walk and read a book. Wonderful dinner with Sue and David who are generous and informative hosts that soon feel like friends. Will return whenever we can.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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SweetSueNZ, Owner at Mairenui Rural Retreat, responded to this review, March 31, 2013
It was a real pleasure to share Mairenui with you & your family from Canada. We'll look forward to having you to stay again - another dinner, another evening of conversation!
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Property: Mairenui Rural Retreat
Address: Ruahine Road | RD 54, 4774, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island
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Ranked #340 of 1,249 Specialty Lodging in North Island
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Number of rooms: 4
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