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Wedding at RiverRidge

Perfect Weddings: The Retreat is the perfect place for your wedding. We offer unique extras and guarantees.

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Cosy Accommodation: We have a wide range of quality rooms at great prices, including luxury self-contained suites.

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Weddings: Adele Dawkins, New Zealand's Most Trusted Wedding Planner, will help make your dream wedding become a reality.

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Sunset in the Catlins

Catlins Experiences Packages: We offer quality experiences, including tours and adventure activities, with accommodation.

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Festivals: We have a proven track record for festivals, including the hugely successful Catlins River Festival.

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Destroy Your Fat: Gary Dawkins is NZ's Premier Fat Destruction Expert. Join the club of success stories - guaranteed results.

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Conferences in the Catlins

Conferences: Hold your conference or work event in Nature's Paradise, plus a variety of exciting team building activities.

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Nature's Paradise

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Photo of the retreat Located on beautifully groomed grounds beside the Catlins River, the RiverRidge Retreat resonates peace and tranquillity – no distractions from busy city life, an ideal setting for your wedding, conference, festival, retreat or special event.

Or simply use it as a base to explore the beautiful Catlins area.

Situated in a picturesque setting, surrounded by lush native bush, stunning ridges, bird life, and a crystal clear river.

With its beautiful outlook and peaceful surrounds, it is a slice of paradise.

The ideal spot in which to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Wake to the sound of abundant bird life, smell the freshness of the native bush and sit back and enjoy the tranquil location and peaceful surroundings at RiverRidge Retreat – "Natures Paradise".

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We had a really good time here.

The food was great, the outlook was great and the place I stayed overnight, at the lodge was fantastic!

Dave Cull, the Mayor of Dunedin

How To Find RiverRidge Retreat – Natures Paradise…

Getting here is easy! We are far enough to get away from it all, but not too far to get here!...

Drive 10kms south of Owaka on the Papatowai Highway.
Look for the Catlins River Walk sign,
turn at the Catlins River Walk sign and drive 3.5 km to us.

You know you are getting close as you drive on the gravel road with the beautiful Catlins River on your right, birds, wildlife, sheep and cattle surround you at differing times of the year.

Look for the Catlins River Walk sign,
turn at the Catlins River Walk sign
and drive 3.5 km to us.

When you come from the south you are treated to a panoramic view of the Houipapa and Tawanui Valleys in the Catlins. After winding down what is known as Gibbs hill, the sign you are looking for is within a kilometre from the bottom of the hill.

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