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River Ridge Retreat

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If you want no hassle, well organised and FUN team building then River Ridge Retreat is the place to go.

Great accomodation, beautiful setting , delicious food, value for money and a friendly, efficient organising team who take care of everything.

What more could you ask for!

Janice Anderson - Big River Educare.

We got so many comments on how spectacular it was, just perfect for the day we were wanting. Thanks for everything! See you next time we are in the Catlins.

Simon and Misty Smith.

>To Gary and Adele,
Just a card to thank you both very much for a great weekend for Michele and Steve’s wedding. With Adele’s bright cheery attitude and great smile there is no reason you both can’t be a great success with a wonderful venue.

Joy and Alan Brown.

Absolutely wonderful wedding venue!!!

Yoska and Karel.

What an awesome venue for such an occasion, perfect!

A and E Lindsay.

Great place - I've been doing this work for some years now and this is the most upmarket place we have been. RiverRidge staff very helpful and accommodating.

Regarding a conference. Sgt J. Harris AOS, Commander, Southland.

Charming nice hosts. Should we return to NZ we shall certainly return. Thank you very much for making us so welcome.

Julia and Anthony d’Auvergne

Such a quiet setting. Beautiful! Very clean facilities. Magic! Excellent friendly hosts. Thank you Gary and Adele, we’ll be back.

Viv and Geof d’Auvergne

Great place been an awesome weekend!

T Lowery

Awesome place, warming people. We highly recommend this place.

Roquel, Nadia, Kayla, Ivan and Lius.



How can we ever thank you enough for donating the beautiful RiverRidge Retreat for Hadleys fundraising day. Without this our event wouldn't have been possible. Many many thanks.

Aleisha and Riki

And here are some feedback from our health and fitness retreats;

Thoroughly enjoyed the whole weekend from the tranquil setting, group support, inspiring workouts to the awesome scenery.

In these busy times I personally found I could focus on myself and not worry about outside influences. The beauty of the venue is that you can incorporate the outdoors into your exercise regime.

The sessions were challenging and thought provoking, but you were able to work at your own pace and give support to the other Retreaters.

Would repeat this again and have recommended to other people.

Thanks again for the weekend.

Tina Jones.

Gary and Adele's health and fitness retreat gave me a wonderful opportunity to face a variety of physical challenges in a non-threatening, supportive environment. I learned nutritional information that is realistic, flexible and sustainable. The retreat is set in beautiful natural surroundings with plenty of opportunity for exercise and relaxation in the outdoors. The whole experiences was extremely worth while. :)

I think it is really awesome that you have such a nature-based experience. I have been doing lots of reading, for work, about the benefits for children spending time in the outdoors, something which children unfortunately getting less and less opportunity for.

One of the books stated "... as human beings we need direct, natural experiences; we require fully activated senses in order to feel fully alive."

Richard Louv.

I must say the biggest impact for me since I have being working with you and your team has been that I am fit enough to be able to get out and enjoy life in the outdoors, so important for total well-being.

So thanks for that, you are all awesome!!

Helen Collins.

We undertook the programme as part of a group of twelve, some of which we knew, some of which we didn't, By the end of course, we all left knowing much more about each other, with plenty of laughter, bonding and support.

We arrived a little nervous, knowing little of what was in store. The weekend was fun, exciting, interesting, and as exhausting as you wanted to make it.

Although there was a group of twelve, the physical workouts were very much taken to an individual level.

The food was nothing short of fabulous. We both live busy lives, and have always been able to make excuses for not changing our lifestyle. After the Retreat, we have made put in to place some of the strategies and suggestions in terms of diet, and exercise, easy to initiate and easy to follow through.

The benefits are already starting to show. The Catins is a beautiful part of the country. To be able to combine a little bit of Health and Fitness in such a beautiful place was a real treat.

Peter and Penny McCormack 30 January 2012.

I can’t say enough about the fantastic health and Fitness weekend retreat I recently attended at River Ridge Retreat in the Catlins.

I arrived on Friday evening to a very warm welcome from Gary and Adele and was shown to my warm and comfortable accommodation.

From the early morning start with a brisk hill walk, through to the stretching session, the group fitness session and the challenging walk through by the Catlins River, the weekend was full on. At the end of it, I felt as though I had fitted in a month’s worth of exercise in one weekend and it felt so good!!

Gary encouraged us to work at our own pace the whole way through and individualised activities as required. I worked really hard but I did not feel overwhelmed by the exercise. I felt an amazing sense of achievement by the end of the weekend.

The food was superb and healthy! It made me realise how I could still eat delicious but healthy meals by making the right choices.

The education sessions were spot on and provided some really useful information about maintaining a healthy life style.

Saturday evening was a very special treat with massages and wine. I had a wonderful sense of being well cared for and at that same time working hard to my full potential. The weekend has provided me with the motivation to continue with my healthy life style and exercise regime. I can’t wait until I am invited to attend another retreat!!

Thankyou so much for everything Gary and Adele.

Judy Restieaux, Principal.


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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.

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