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Mt Kakepuku looking towards the Coromandel. Afternoon sun looking towards Mt Kakepuku and Maungatautari.
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38 reviews
Beautiful night skies.
Mt Kakepuku looking towards the Coromandel.
Afternoon sun looking towards Mt Kakepuku and Maungatautari.
Sunsetting over the Hauturu hills.
Early morning wake up.Sunrise over Tongariro National Park.
Sunrise over Tongariro National Park.
Tongariro national park and Mt Doom!
Pick up your Waitomo News newspaper when you arrive at Rock Retreat.
Spring Kowhai blossum.
Fall asleep to a warm crackling fire on a cold winters night or open the french doors in Summer.
Queen bed in main living area and two singles in open loft above.
Kitchen area with full size gas oven, gas bbq also for use on balcony.
Inside outside flow with french doors opening onto balcony.
Two single beds in open loft above main area.
Ensuite with bath,shower and washing machine.
Entrance to Rock Retreat.
Summer, Rock Retreat.
Sunset arrival
moody skies
Sunrise over the rocks
Sunrise.
Mr Tumnus our beautiful Birman cat.
Rock Retreats Border Collies, Leif and Leifs puppy Fig.
Stubbs farm QEII covenant right on your doorstep.
Limestone rock outcrops.Just a few of many that can be explored at Rock Retreat.
Beautiful walking tracks right at your doorstep.
Typical views from Rock Retreat.
Meet our black faced suffolk sheep.
Rocky limestone outcrops.
Balancing rock.
Balancing rock looking through to Mt Kakepuku.
Sunsetting on the Hauturu hills.
Out and about on the farm at Rock Retreat.
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Private Room, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Waitomo Caves, Waitomo District, Waikato Region, North Island

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BJP888
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Wonderful get away”
Reviewed June 3, 2016 for a stay in May 2016
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We spent a night in Waitomo after visiting the caves. Red Rock Retreat was a delight - a roaring fire awaited us, and Biddy was friendly and accommodating. She had made a restaurant reservation for dinner, and the breakfast provisions were delicious. An amazing storm came rolling over the hills - it was marvellous.

Date of stay: May 2016
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Management Response
Jun 4, 2016
It was a pleasure hosting you Ben and thanks for choosing Rock retreat as part of your Waitomo caves experience.
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Janet H
Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Not just a place to stay to see scenery - Rock Retreat IS the scenery!”
Reviewed March 31, 2016 for a stay in March 2016

This gem of a place was discovered at the last minute and was the highlight of my stay in that area. I felt a million miles from city stress, in this beautiful and creatively quirky little cottage. It's perched at the top of a hill 10km out of Waitomo, with over 180 degree views of the surrounding hills, forests, farmland and rocky outrcops which look like the remains of ancient civilisations. You can pick out the mountains in the distance on a clear day. It is so peaceful - the tranquility was so tangible I could have sat on the balcony and not gone anywhere else. We had a BBQ on the balcony and a glass of wine while we watched the sun set. Biddy had left us a delicious breakfast (balcony again) and we enjoyed watching the changes in the scenery as the mists rose. A special thank you to Biddy and Rich for helping with ideas for our last day of travelling - they sent us along the most lovely route discovering some great spots we had never heard of. I could send myself on a retreat here.

Date of stay: March 2016
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Mar 31, 2016
Janet it was lovely meeting yourself and Martin.We are pleased to hear you followed the coastal route back to Auckland via Kawhia & Raglan beach.It takes a bit longer but is such a beautiful coastline,with a number of stunning short walks along the way.
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Amber S
Lansing, Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Peaceful cottage, beautiful views, highly recommend!”
Reviewed March 6, 2016 for a stay in February 2016

A peaceful retreat situated 10 km outside of Waitomo. We stayed for two nights in February 2016. It rained most of the time we were there, but the cottage was beautiful and the views were gorgeous when the rain cleared. The balcony was perfect for star-gazing (no light pollution around). The hosts were very welcoming with recommendations about activities and restaurants. Breakfast amenities of milk, bread, cereal, yogurt, fruit, and a variety of spreads was provided. Loft space with two single beds. No wi-fi, but that's what you would want in a "retreat!" (available at the general store in Waitomo) Would highly recommend for couples or small families!

Would recommend finding Rock Retreat for the first time during daylight. The road there is very curvy and it is easy to miss the Hauturu Road turn-off.

Date of stay: February 2016
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Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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gnot_six
Melbourne, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A slice of heaven”
Reviewed January 25, 2016 for a stay in January 2016

We read the reviews & everyone said they wanted to stay longer. So we booked 3 nights, but still, we wanted to stay longer! A special place, so in touch with the landscape around it, capturing the sun, the outstanding views, yet sheltering from the weather. 'Retreat' is such an apt description of this delightful cottage set high amongst the Waitomo limestone hills. The accommodation highlight of our trip!

Date of stay: January 2016
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Management Response
Jan 28, 2016
Gillian it was a pleasure having you and the family to stay.So glad you enjoyed yourselves.Hazel and Fern loved entertaining your girls!
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Ian B
Cairns, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great stay thanks!”
Reviewed December 23, 2015 for a stay in December 2015

Lovely slightly alternate accommodation, very comfortable with myriad of personal touches. Hosts do all they can to be welcoming and unobtrusive. Not a commercial glitzy 5 star cabin but rather a comfortable bit quirky delight.

Date of stay: December 2015
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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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c73
Auckland, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
123 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Perfect stay”
Reviewed October 28, 2015 for a stay in October 2015

We had a much to brief stay here enroute south, but so very happy we did find this little gem. The cottage is gorgeous, scenery spectacular and hosts very friendly. My 2 children got taken under their childrens wings to feed the lambs, climb some rocks before dinner. Would have no hesitation in staying again.

Date of stay: October 2015
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Liked best: How relaxing it was
Liked least: having to leave
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children
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fattymeow...
Singapore, Singapore
Level 5 Contributor
38 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Awesome Cozy Cottage Stay”
Reviewed December 9, 2014 for a stay in December 2014
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I have truly enjoyed my stay at the retreat as the experience was superb and amazing. Awesome!! It was a pity that I stayed only for a night on 4 Dec 2014 which was a real grave mistake i have made

I particularly like this out-of-the-world place for several reasons:
1. Cottage style accommodation. How often do we get a chance to stay in it? A truly good experience for urbanites to break away from civilization, once a while. A respite from hustle n bustle of life. I love it. It sleeps four with 2 single beds on the attic.
2. Clean n well furnished. Though it's back to the basics once again but coz it is so well equipped with simple n yet necessary facilities, my stay is deemed memorable and enjoyable. The same satisfaction n feeling I got from 5* big name hotels. It's very clean n well kept by biddy. No creepy crawlies. Absence of high technology is made up by cozy setting of the quaint cottage e.g. fireplace wooden logs to keep the environment warm; gas stove n well equipped kitchen to keep your hunger pangs away if you are into cooking, mini fridge with a few selection of spreads for bread (I suspect the different jams could be home made coz it tastes good), different types of cereals for breakfast, hot showers etc
3. Location with a breathtaking view.Though it is located quite up on the hill (about 20 minute drive from waitomo's general store under good weather conditions) getting there is not difficult as long as you follow the instructions given by biddy, the lady host. Coz it's on the hill, the air is fresh n the view is stunning if the weather is good. I was fortunate to be able to enjoy the picturesque view from the cottage. Surrounding is all greeneries. If you like animals like I do, you can visit the sheep reared by the hosts. The lamb named thunder is friendly and enjoys the company of people. And so is their dog. It was like a mini farm stay I had.
4. Great hospitality. Biddy is very friendly and warm. She made me feel very welcomed and well looked after. Making sure that it's never a trouble for her when requests are made. She has a great heart to serve n make her guests go away with that beam of joy to cry out for a longer stay in the cottage.

Date of stay: December 2014
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Liked best: The cottage style accommodation with traditional fireplace using wooden logs & fantastic surrounding
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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