Catlins Accommodation

River Ridge Retreat Lodges

You are offered a unique top quality facility in a spacious natural environment.

Located on beautifully groomed grounds beside the Catlins River, the RiverRidge Retreat resonates peace and tranquility – no distractions from busy city life, an ideal setting for your wedding, conference, festival, retreat or social event. Or simply use it as a base to explore the beautiful Catlins area.

RiverRidge Retreat will accommodate you as a wedding party, conference group, health and fitness retreater, festival organiser, family, couple or as an individual traveler. Accessible facilities are also available.

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. The Catlins River runs through the property and is a popular fishing, swimming and kayaking river for guests.

Gary and Adele’s family also own the farm across the river so, when arranged, you can walk up the many tracks and take in the amazing views.

The Retreat can sleep up to 60 people in a mixture of modern self contained units, shared facilities, and private rooms. Bed linen & towels are provided. Motor home and tent sites have optional power-point sites.

Your Choices for Accommodation at RiverRidge Retreat:

Luxury Two Bedroom Suite

Luxury Two Bedroom Suite

The main bedroom of our luxury suites are perfect for your stay here at the Retreat.

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Luxury Two Bedroom Suite

Luxury Two Bedroom Suite

The large family living area of our luxury suites.

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Self Contained Queen Studio

Self Contained Queen Studio

This is the bed area in our cosy self-contained queen studio.

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Self Contained Queen Studio

Self Contained Queen Studio

This shows the living and kitchen area of our cosy self-contained queen studio.

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Self Contained Accessible Studio

Self Contained Accessible Studio

This shows the twin beds in our accessible studio.

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One Bedroom Small Studio

One Bedroom Small Studio

Showing the bed and bunk bed in our one bedroom small studio.

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Comfortable Double Rooms

Comfortable Double Rooms

Our double rooms are very affordable yet comfortable.

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Comfortable Bunk Rooms

Comfortable Bunk Rooms

Our bunk rooms are another extremely affordable choice for our guests.

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LUXURY TWO BEDROOM SUITE - One Queen Bed, 4 Single Beds, Sleeps 6+ (can sleep up to 10). Additional bedding available. Minimum 4 people per night. To book ask for Unit 9, Unit 10 or Unit 15, or book the '2 Bedroom Suite' online below, Fully equipped Kitchen and Bathroom.

SELF CONTAINED QUEEN STUDIO - One Queen Bed, Sleeps 2 people. This unit has its own Kitchen and Bathroom. Very comfortable and peaceful. To book ask for Unit 6 or book the 'Studio' online below.

SELF CONTAINED ACCESSIBLE STUDIO - Two Single Beds, Sleeps 2 people. Accessible Facilities - Easy Access. This unit has its own Kitchen and Bathroom. To book ask for Unit 5 or book the 'Studio Accessible' online below.

ONE BEDROOM SMALL STUDIO - One Queen Bed, Two Single Beds, Sleeps 4 people. These units use the modern Community Kitchen and Bathrooms. To book ask for Unit 7 or Unit 8, or book the '1 Bedroom Small Studio' online below.

COMFORTABLE DOUBLE ROOMS - Double Bed, Sleeps 2 people. These Units use the modern Community Kitchen and Bathrooms. To book ask for either Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3 or Unit 4, or book the 'Double Room' online below.

COMFORTABLE BUNK ROOMS - One Bunk Bed, Sleeps 2 people. These units use the modern Community Kitchen and Bathrooms. To book ask for Unit 11, Unit 12, Unit 13 or Unit 14, or book the 'Bunk Room' online below.

Have Your Perfect Experience in The Catlins

We also offer our Catlins Experiences where we combine your stay at RiverRidge Retreat with many different packages for you to experience the wonderful Catlins.

They include;

  • A wide range of adventure activities (kayaking, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting, marine encounter, mountain biking to name a few)
  • A lovely family farm tour
  • An indulgence beauty experience
  • Various combination packages and you can even design you own custom experience!

Sunset in the Catlins

You also can enjoy a sunset in the beautiful Catlins. We'll show you the best place to enjoy this experience.

Florence Hill view of Tautuku Beach

See the many beautiful views of the Catlins such as this one from Florence Hill looking over Tautuku Beach.

Kayaking Through the Catlins Rainforests

The Catlins is blessed with wonderful rainforests and we make use of this blessing with our kayaking experience.

Indulgence Beautician Experience

Try our Indulgence Beautician Experience package where you get pampered while in "Nature's Paradise".

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay pigeon shooting is one of the many fun activities you can enjoy in our Catlins Experiences Packages.

Nugget Point

We'll show you the most beautiful spots in the Catlins such as Nugget Point.

View from Florence Hill

This is another view from Florence Hill in the Catlins. View this and many more while staying at RiverRidge Retreat.

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One of our bedrooms

Luxury Accommodation in the Catlins

Camping Retreats at RiverRidge Retreat - Natures Paradise:

The number of guests that can camp, at any one time, is limited to just three tent sites and three campervan/caravan sites. This is because RiverRidge is set up as a retreat and not a camping ground.

You have the use of first class communal bathrooms and the kitchen.

CAMPERVANS - MOTOR HOMES - River Ridge Retreat sites have Power Points

CAMPING - TENT SITES - River Ridge Retreat sites have power points.

Enjoy the tranquil location and peaceful surroundings!

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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.