About RiverRidge Retreat

River Ridge Retreat

We (Gary and Adele) absolutely love helping and working with people. We both always wanted to work at our passion – helping others – and RiverRidge Retreat has now provided this opportunity for us.

We are both very genuine people and have a great working relationship which is guided by our core values of respect, hard work, communication, integrity and fun.

Back in the summer months of 2010 we would sit high on the ridges (of the family farm next door) that overlooked RiverRidge Retreat. We would dream of one day, somehow, owning the venue.

Later that year we were married at the venue which was to be a white wedding.

Adele and Gary

After another two years, of extremely hard work, we were fortunate enough to be able to purchase The Catlins Woodstock Lodge and Function Centre.

Soon after, we renamed the venue to the RiverRidge Retreat – Natures Paradise.

Our major goal is to allow for your event to be the best event ever for you. You are the person, to us, who is the most important person at RiverRidge, for the time that you are with us!

We will make certain that we do everything in our power, both before, during, and after your special event, to make certain it is perfect for you. In fact, the more pre event questions, queries and information you have and need, the better!

RiverRidge Retreat is extremely popular as a wedding venue. The retreat is sought after by companies as a conference facility. Many people book the Retreat out for special occasions such as birthdays and family re-unions. RiverRidge Retreat is also the venue for New Zealand’s first of their kind health and fitness retreats, and is also the ideal place for various types of festivals in The Catlins.

The famous Catlins River Music festival is held here bi annually and the Catlins Woodstock Music festival has been an annual event for 25 years now.

The venue also caters for the general traveller.

RiverRidge Retreat provides for the best quality accommodation and function venue in the Catlins area.

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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!...

FROM THE NORTH
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.

FROM THE SOUTH
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.