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River Retreat Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #10 of 21 Paihia B&B and Inns
Reviewed 24 December 2013

We were welcomed to the retreat by Roger who was hard at work manicuring his beautiful lawn. The fruit of Jan and Roger's labor is apparent both inside and outside the property which is as immaculate, as it is stunning. This type of detail one would normally expect in a five star hotel. I would highly recommend it for couples who appreciate the personal touch.

Room Tip: Book if you have your own transport to and from the town of Paihia
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

The most luxury B&B we've visited during our trip. Jan and Roger are wonderful hosts. The daily cooked breakfast was delicous with a great variety of fresh fruits! The calm room is genorously sized, in a seperat house. The garden is extremly beautiful and is localized next to waitangi river.
If you are looking for a quiet, lovely place in the surrounding of Paihia, this should be your first choice!
Florian & Kurt

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 March 2013

Arriving in the middle of Jan and Roger's lunch made no difference. We were warmly welcomed offered tea or coffee and shown our room. One of two purpose built ensuite rooms ours was decorated in white and green with lots of little touches such as chocolates by the bed, cookies in the jar and bath robes. The bed is comfortable, there is plenty of well designed storage for clothes and bags and a lovely place to sit out and enjoy the garden. The garden is huge with access to the river for bathing if you want. In the morning Roger cooks breakfast and chats about what to do in the area ( he'll even provide tomato ketchup if pushed!!) This is a great base as it's more or less in the middle between Paihai and Keri Keri. It's also within easy reach of ninety mile beach if you feel like a road trip up along the coast and back across country. In the evening Roger and Jan are always ready to help plan your day. We stayed here three nights and could have easily stayed longer.

Room Tip: One room has a view over the river the other is more private. Both are fitted out the same.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 February 2013

Roger and Jen were very lovely hosts and the location and setting is just serene and lovely. They make sure all the comforts of home are there for you to enjoy and no stone is left unturned in the detail including chocolates by the bed and a luffa cloth in the bathroom. Brilliant spot of heaven when travelling in the Bay of Islands. All there suggestions for dinners and excursions proved the best. You cannot do wrong. I'll defiantly book again next trip up North.

Room Tip: All rooms (Only 2) are great. Great breakfasts
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 January 2013

My husband and I and our dear friend enjoyed an amazing stay at the River Retreat B&B. beautiful setting with all the luxuries that you would expect at a five star lodge. As per the other comments the only negative is location but as long as you have a car it's not a problem.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 January 2013

My partner and I have just had a fantastic weekend at the River retreat. Not being regular b&b people we are now convinced as it offer so much more than a hotel or motel. The rooms are just luxury and being semi detached from the house (connected by covered glass walkway) they are very private. The place offers more than you would expect. We even went kayaking down the Waitangi river on kayaks supplied. Not only was the property stunning (river, gardens, birds) but the hosts were so friendly and knowledgeable on everything in the area. We had a great breakfast in the morning and a wonderful chat and glass of wine on the decks with Jan and Roger( the hosts) in the evening. Couldn't recommend highly enough

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 April 2012

My partner and I stayed at this stunning boutique bed and breakfast as a last minute, spontaneous decision whilst in Paihia. We were given such a warm welcome by Roger and Jan who went out of their way to ensure we were relaxed and catered for. The rooms were really special with small, gorgeous touches that were thoughtful like a jar of homemade biscuits and an eiderdown duvet. The place was immaculate, homely and impressive all in one go. The breakfasts were delicious too. The whole experience was outstanding and great value for money. It is further out from Paihia but well worth the extra 10 minute drive to experience such a tranquil little haven.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about River Retreat Bed & Breakfast

Address: 838 Puketona Road, Paihia 0204, New Zealand (Formerly RiverRun Retreat)
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Paihia
Price Range: £99 - £121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — River Retreat Bed & Breakfast 4*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relax and enjoy our magical riverside setting, private and tranquil, close to shop, restaurants and beaches a wonderful base to see all that the north has to offer. Look forward to seeing you soon ... more   less 
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