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Riwaka Retreat
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

What a wonderful place to have a relaxing quiet holiday. We have been here for three or four years and am always sorry to leave. The Riwaka Ritz has always been clean and tidy and very comfortable and is all you really need for a good holiday.

Maree and Ken are excellent hosts, very knowledgeable, and can answer any questions you may have on the area. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Russell E
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KiwiMaree, Owner at Riwaka Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2012

Thank you Russell for reviewing Riwaka Retreat.
We know how you both love The Riwaka Ritz and we love having you visit us each year.

We hope Christchurch stops shaking soon and look forward to your next visit at the end of December 2012. We will try for some fish for you again this year!

Maree Owner/operator

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Reviewed 7 November 2011

We had two fabulous Spring days, guided by Ken, and looked after by Maree, walking first from Marahau to Anchorage (with a water taxi pick up off the beach at 3.30pm) then second day, Tonga to Torrent Bay, this time with a water taxi outbound, stopping to admire the basking fur seals on the way.

Day 1 was glorious weather, super lunch prepared by Maree and eaten in the unique setting of their family bach (summer house) on Stillwell bay.. what a place and what a unique selling point for their company ! The water was just warm enough to swim. The path that day was mainly on the contour line so very easy and beautiful views.

Day 2 the weather was more mixed -- typical NZ Spring we were told - four seasons in a day (we're Brits so what's new?). More up and down hill on this route, a level of exercise we appreciated.

Being used to walking in the UK and France, we found walking the Abel Tasman national park was a new experience, with new birdsong en route, new plants to admire (and Ken was very knowledgeable on them all) and the perfect combination of easy underfoot, walking in dappled shade with stupendous views between the ferns and the NZ beech trees.

If we were younger and had more time, we'd have enjoyed camping along the way.

John and Kathy
UK

Room Tip: The Cottage has two bedrooms and a beautiful deck overlooking the lemon tree and the chickens.
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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KiwiMaree, Owner at Riwaka Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2011

Kathy and John I am so pleased you enjoyed your days with us even with the wind and rain on your second day - this does make us appreciate our perfect sunny days of which we are renowned for in the Abel Tasman.

I hope you both really enjoyed the rest of your trip and John, you have set a new benchmark for mature clients on our Tonga to Torrent Bay trip. I do not expect to see this fall any day soon!

Kind regards and all the best.

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Reviewed 29 October 2011

Maree and Ken are very helpful and know the area so well that we were able to get the most from our all too short stay. Simply the best.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 August 2011

What a wonderful spot to take a couple of days off the track and rest up. Maree is great and has tons of suggestions for activities. Top notch.

  • Stayed: January 2011
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Reviewed 24 March 2011

We spent two lovely nights here and Maree made us feel very welcome. Our unit was clean and cosy and had everything we needed. Maree went the' extra mile' by sending on 3 shirts that I left in the wardrobe (thanks Maree). Would be happy to stay there again.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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KiwiMaree, Owner at Riwaka Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2011

Thanks for taking the time to review us John. I was happy to oblige re the shirts - you would be surprised how often this happens! Got the letter thanks. Hope you enjoyed the rest of the South Island. Maree

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