Services at RiverRidge Retreat

River Ridge Retreat services

We are proud to offer all kinds of services at RiverRidge Retreat including weddings, conferences and other events.

Various free extras are included and we even give you a money back guarantee on some of our activities.

The Retreat is in a perfect location to be a bridge to the nature of The Catlins.

Look below for a summary of the activities you can enjoy here.

Catlins Experiences

We run a wide range of experience packages including adventure activities, farm tours and indulgence experiences.

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Dream Weddings

We're very different from most wedding venues as we offer various guarantees as well as other extras such as no closing time and a wedding day massage for the ladies.

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Wedding activities

Conferences and Work Events

With seating for up to 150 guests, The Retreat is the perfect location for your companies next conference or other work event.

As well as our unique guarantee and professional kitchen, you can even stay here for a couple of days for free to make sure The Retreat is right for you.

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Conferences activities


With up to 20 acres of land, it makes The Retreat perfect of all types of festivals in Otago.

We have a proven track record with successful festivals and our new professional kitchen to make everyone's time the best experience possible.

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Festivals activities

Social Events

The Retreat is also great for birthdays, family reunions and many other social events.

We'll work with you to make your family event customized just for you with wonderful food, great company and a wide choice of accommodation.

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Social events birthdays activities

Health and Fitness

As Gary is one of the leading health and fitness trainers in The Catlins, they welcome guests to The Retreat for weight loss, health and sport retreats.

And while your here you can enjoy healthy but delicious food and take in the beautiful scenery on our door step.

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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.