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Mt Kakepuku looking towards the Coromandel. Afternoon sun looking towards Mt Kakepuku and Maungatautari.
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39 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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DandS_2
Gold Coast, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Quite special”
Reviewed 24 November 2016 for a stay in November 2016

Booked this very last minute, so really had no idea what to expect. Absolutely charming and incredibly peaceful. Very glad we got to experience a part of NZ that usually remains hidden! Cottage very cosy, very clean and quaint. The breakfast was such a treat (had forgotten it was included, so what a nice surprise in the morning!). Coffee grinder was so much fun. Dragged ourselves away just before 10, but would have liked an extra day to see the area. Our thanks to Biddy & her family - an escape from the real world for a day :)

Date of stay: November 2016
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Resort467...
1 review
“Amazing location and views”
Reviewed 1 September 2016 for a stay in August 2016

We had a great stay at this excellent cabin. The views were amazing and the kids loved the loft beds. The roaring fire made for a great atmosphere on a cold night. Would loved to have stayed longer.

Date of stay: August 2016
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Liked best: Kids loved the loft. Views were amazing. loved the old style coffee grinder.
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
3 Sep 2016
Thanks Dave.Glad you enjoyed your stay and thanks for choosing Rock retreat as part of your Waitomo experience.
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Wellingto...
Warkworth, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
35 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Beauty and comfort”
Reviewed 11 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016

This is a lovely place near the Waitomo Caves. Biddy is a wonderful host(ess) and had the fire roaring for us on our arrival.
Surrounded by beautiful views and a big deck to enjoy them from.
No Wifi (get away from it all!) - plenty of board games and books. We had a great stay.
NB: Be sure to follow Biddy's directions and do not rely on your GPS!

Date of stay: August 2016
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Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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BJP888
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful get away”
Reviewed 3 June 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
4 Jun 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
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Not just a place to stay to see scenery - Rock Retreat IS the scenery!”
Reviewed 31 March 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
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
31 Mar 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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ambers397
Lansing, Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Peaceful cottage, beautiful views, highly recommend!”
Reviewed 6 March 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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Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
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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 25 January 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
28 Jan 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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