Conference Venue & Work Events in Otago, New Zealand

river ridge retreat

Mission statement

Recognized as South Islands' Premier Conference and Event Venue

What makes our venue so special?

1: Proven NZ nationwide history: We've held numerous successful events and conferences for companies and organisations from all over New Zealand; from the north and south island.

2: Conference packages tailored 100% to your company making the planning so easy for you.

3: Exclusive to your company - all in one venue:

  • Quality conference center
  • Quality accommodation
  • BYO
  • Catering

4: Nationally recognized team building activities all on site:

  • Clay target shooting
  • Ultimate team confidence course
  • Scenic rain forest kayaking
  • Catlin's paintball

5: Nestled in the heart of Nature's Paradise, away from city distractions.

6: Nationally renowned attractions.

7: Our unique 100% no risk guarantee.

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RiverRidge Retreat is a popular conference venue located in the Catlins, Otago, New Zealand. Many organisations stay two to three nights and have exclusive use of the entire venue for this time.

We can help with all of your catering and ‘drinks’ requirements.

It is becoming increasingly popular for companies to also use some of our additional professional services while they are at RiverRidge Retreat.

These services include our ‘Ultimate Team Unity’ course, and our ‘Values Elicitation and Performance Consulting Session’.

  • ‘Ultimate Team Unity’ course – a specifically designed course involving a variety of outdoor team building activities, to create ‘real and lasting’ team cohesion.
  • ‘Values Elicitation and Performance Consulting’ – A highly interactive, dynamic, and participative style session, that enables your team to elicit its core values and ‘buy into’ these values for the long term.
    Conducted by Gary Dawkins, who is strongly certified in ‘Performance Consulting’ and ‘Behavioural Change’ using NLP.

Need proof that we are the best venue for you?
Watch the video below to see feedback from various clients at our event venue.

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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.

More Information Regarding our Conference Venue and Other Work Events

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Watch the video below to learn more about our conference venue service.

You may also choose to enjoy some of the many fun activities near the venue, such as;

  • The stunning Catlin’s Scenic Kayaking Tour
  • Scenic mountain biking tour
  • Clay target shooting
  • Just to name a few

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We can also run a number of team building activities and games.

Guests doing various activities near the venue

Our conference venue is in Nature's Paradise, the beautiful Catlins.

Various Catlins photos near the venue

We really are an 'all in one' venue!

RiverRidge Retreat is the ideal venue to host any type of Corporate Function


  • It is the South Islands Premier 'All In One' venue - Accommodation and Corporate Function Centre.
  • It is spacious (caters for up to 130 guests), nestled among natures paradise - away from all city distractions.
  • It has tailor designed packages that includes catering, accommodation, function centre hire, and transport to and from airport.

The venue is perfect for Corporate Meetings, Corporate Conferences, Corporate Team Building Events and Corporate Christmas Party's.

Watch Bryan Cadogan, the Clutha Mayor, talk about his time at RiverRidge Retreat with his Councilors conference and team building event.

Gary and Adele Dawkins, the owners of RiverRidge Retreat venue, with the Mayor of Clutha.

Gary and adele with the Clutha Mayor

Call Us Now on 0800 777 387

5 Reasons Why You Should Have Your Work Conference, Work or Corporate Event Here

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

  1. FREE Services Of Up To $3,000-00!
  2. The modern RiverRidge Retreat conference Venue Centre has seating for up to 150 guests. It is fully equipped with all modern conference accessories. First class presentations can be conducted at ease. You choose, either run your conference inside in the lovely natural wood setting, or outside under the verandas, with stunning natural views.
  3. With a brand new commercial kitchen and bar, this venue makes for the ideal ‘end of day’ sit back and relax setting.
  4. Have your conference extend over a few days and have all of your colleagues stay at the venue together, as a team. RiverRidge Retreat can comfortably accommodate up to forty eight guests in their quality accommodation units.
  5. FREE pre conference ‘couple of days’, Valued At $520-00 To Make Certain This Is The Best Venue For Your Conference and/or Work Event…
    Guarantee logo100% no risk Guarantee! Gary and Adele want the organiser of your conference to come down for a FREE ‘couple of days’ at RiverRidge Retreat. That’s right, the organiser can come down, along with a partner (spouse, friend, and/or family, also free to them), to experience the venue and accommodation first hand for themselves, just to make sure it’s the right venue for your conference and/or work event. This offer holds absolutely no obligation.

Design Your Own Conference or Event Package:

Design your own conference, work group, event, team building event or club event.

Design your own package simply by;

  • Ticking which of the following (in the form below) you would like in your package, and then sending to us for a 100% individualised quote. (We will be back to you within 4hours of requesting it)
  • Or give us a call (0800 777 387) to chat about it and we can design it for you…the choice is yours!

Most of our conference guests partake in a couple of activities have a lunch, a dinner and breakfast and stay the night. However, the choice is 100% yours.

Or Call Us Now on 0800 777 387 for a No Obligation Chat

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Ensuite and large lounge, One Queen Bed, 4 Single Beds,
Sleeps 6+ (can sleep up to 10), LCD TV, Mini Bar, Fine Wines

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One Queen Bed, Sleeps 2 people, LCD TV, Mini Bar, Fine Wines

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Two Singles Beds, Accessible Facilities - Easy Access,
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One Queen Bed, Two Single Beds, Sleeps up to 4 People,
Shared Immaculately Kept Bathrooms, LCD TV, Mini Bar, Fine Wines

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Comfortable Double Bed, Sleeps 2 People,
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One Bunk Bed (two single beds), Sleeps 2 People,
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