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“Tranquil garden, great hosts, superb food!”

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Ranui Retreat Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #12 of 26 Oamaru B&B and Inns
Norwich
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“Tranquil garden, great hosts, superb food!”
Reviewed 16 January 2011

We re-visit Ranui Retreat each time we're in NZ and for several nights, which says a lot. The self-contained room has a fantastic bedspread made by Sheryl. Ken and Sheryl are fun hosts and Sheryl's cooking superb, so consider the DBB option. Steam Punk Exhibition in Oamaru was amazing.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Letchworth
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Reviewed 12 January 2011

We received a wonderful welcome, were made to feel very much at home, and were shown to our very comfortable and beautifully colour co-ordinated "lavender room." There was a queen size bed with a wonderful hand made bedspread and many other artefacts made by the owners. We were able to roam the lovely gardens, and really felt as if we were part of the family. The breakfasts and dinners were superbly cooked.
What a suitable quiet centre from which to explore Oamaru and the various penguin colonies!
We loved our stay with Sheryl & Ken.
Pat & Don Salisbury

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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ottawa
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Reviewed 20 April 2009

A lovely home in rural setting, 10 kms from Oamaru, perhaps the most under-rated city we visited in New Zealand with its beautiful Victorian gleaming white stone buildings. Our room with private bath was spacious and comfortable. Our hosts were charming and offered us good advice. We will always remember the antics of the tiny blue penguins..

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Norwich
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Reviewed 10 November 2007

This was our second stay at Ranui Retreat, just south of Oamaru. Sheryl and Ken really enjoy sharing their beautiful home with guests and could not have made us more welcome. The dog appreciates your company too!

Good wholesome food, imaginatively prepared plus stimulating conversation make mealtimes a pleasure. It's worth returning early to walk around the garden and olive grove and witness the gorgeous sunsets. Close to the main south road, yet off the beaten track, Ranui really is a wonderful retreat.

Sue and Tony, UK

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  • Stayed March 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 November 2006

We came across this bed and breakfast while driving around the south island. Sheryl and Ken were very welcoming and went the extra mile to make our stay comfortable and pleasant. They knew the local area well and we found their home warm and inviting - and more importantly for us relaxing! We'll definately stay there again if we go that way and would definately recommend the place to others looking for a quiet place to stay. While we were there we visited the Moeraki boulders, the penguin colony (cute!) and made a day trip out to the nearby lakes area. The only fault worth mentioning is that this place isn't close to any resturants so you will need to drive 10 minutes to get anywhere, however they do offer a dinner option on site.

We loved the place (and their funny little dog too!) and would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ranui Retreat Bed and Breakfast
Address: 27 Woolshed Road | 8DRD, Totara, Oamaru 9492, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Oamaru
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Ranked #12 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Oamaru
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ranui Retreat is a warm comfortable retreat in a peaceful, natural environment. We are close to Historic Oamaru and the main highway to Dunedin. Our character rooms are richly furnished with colorful, handmade quilts and embroidered fabrics. Wander through the tranquil garden of native and exotic trees, an olive grove and enjoy panoramic views to the mountains. Delicious breakfasts are served indoors or outside and we specialize in home made, locally grown and organic fare. ... more   less 

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