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Riwaka Retreat
Ranked #6 of 24 Motueka B&B and Inns
Thalwil, Switzerland
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“Best value for money in South Island”
Reviewed 27 January 2013

We had found the Riwaka Retreat via TripAdvisor and the previous reviews were spot on! We had a family cottage with two spacious bedrooms and a nice living and dining area. Everything was clean and well maintained and they even had some toys for our kids to play with. We didn't get the try the BBQ on the patio, but it looked very inviting. The place is a bit outside Motueka, were all the shopping and dining can be done. It is also nicely placed on the road to Abel Tasman National Park were we spent a beautiful day kayaking and sightseeing. All in all, a perfect spot to spend a few days around Abel Tasman

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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KiwiMaree, Owner at Riwaka Retreat, responded to this review, 11 February 2013
What a wonderful heading you have given us! We like to think we are affordable accommodation for families and are pleased you thought this too.
It's great that you enjoyed your stay and your trip into the beautiful Abel Tasman - your children are quite delightful.
Thank you for taking the time to review us. We really appreciate your comments and feedback.

Maree
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Geleen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 5 January 2013

We had wonderful days in Motueka. The cottage was superb! It was very clean and spacy. The cottage is perfectly located as gateway on the road to the Abel Tasman Park.

The owners were very friendly and helpful. We just had a perfect stay in this part of NZ!!

  • Stayed January 2013
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KiwiMaree, Owner at Riwaka Retreat, responded to this review, 13 January 2013
Thanks you two you were a pleasure to have stay.
We are pleased you enjoyed Riwaka Retreat and appreciate you taking the time to review us.
regards Maree
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Lidingo, Sweden
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Reviewed 26 December 2012

We had wonderful days exploring the very best of Abel Tasman under supervison of our very knowledgeable and friendy hosts. The lodging was very comfortable and well equiped and had nice sorroundings. Stores and swimming within few minutes drive.

Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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KiwiMaree, Owner at Riwaka Retreat, responded to this review, 13 January 2013
Hi from Maree
It was lovely having you three stay with us and being able to show you our beautiful Abel Tasman as well. Ken enjoyed his day with you all on the Kiwi Bach to Anchorage Guided Walk. Thank you for taking the time to review us - it is much appreciated.
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 28 November 2012

As part of our trip around some of the South Island, we lucked out opting for Riwaka Retreat – perfect base for exploring the area, or just vegging out, as we were sorely tempted to do. We’ve already recommended to friends of ours who are heading to Abel Tasman that this place is on the must-stay list.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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KiwiMaree, Owner at Riwaka Retreat, responded to this review, 16 December 2012
We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and appreciate you recommending Riwaka Retreat to others. The weather here has been truly beautiful - let's hope it continues that way over the holiday season.

Regards Maree
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Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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Reviewed 18 October 2012

I and my wife had a GREAT holiday here.
It is very near from Abel Tasman park and has a wonderful scenary.
We stayed in studio room which is cosy, clean and beautiful.
Maree and Ken did their best to give us a good advice for Abel Tasman Tracking.
It was REALLY AWESOME. more than AWESOME!!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank KyuJinKim
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KiwiMaree, Owner at Riwaka Retreat, responded to this review, 23 November 2012
Hi Jin

Thank you for taking the time to review Riwaka Retreat.
We hope you are both well and still enjoying New Zealand.
Thanks for all the good work you both helped us with during
your stay - it was much appreciated. Maree
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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 March 2012

Maree and Greg made us very comfortable in their beautiful retreat. Our comfy log cabin was well equiped and had a verandah looking over the pretty garden. We enjoyed 'eating in', using the BBQ facilities the first night and the local fish and chip shop the second. Each evening Maree provided baskets full of everything we needed to make our own breakfasts. Our main reason for visiting the area was to walk part of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, and Greg proved a welcome escort, providing us with information about the plants and birds along the way. We had the added bonus of a fabulous lunch at the family's delightful bach in one of the secluded bays. Greg had organised one of the local water taxis to pick us up from this bay and take us further along the coast where we walked another section of the track. Our hosts were very knowledgeable about the area and gave us lots of useful advice and guidance, not least the need for sun cream and insect repellent!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Wachtberg, Germany
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Reviewed 4 March 2012

We stayed 2 nights in the Studio which is set in a secluded and pretty garden. The studio is well furnished and equipped and immaculate throughout. We were given a warm and friendly welcome and would recommend Riwaka Retreat as a very good value-for-money place to stay for a visit to Abel Tasman park.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Additional Information about Riwaka Retreat

Property: Riwaka Retreat
Address: 55 School Road, Motueka 7198, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Motueka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Room Service
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Ranked #6 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Motueka
Number of rooms: 4
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Riwaka Retreat Motueka, New Zealand - Nelson-Tasman

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