“ Gorgeous inside and out"

See why our guests are saying this.

Ripples Retreat
Ripples Retreat

Luxury accommodation in a rural setting

Ripples Retreat view from the deck
Ripples Retreat view from the deck

Located in rural Waikato

Waitanguru Falls 5 minute drive away
Waitanguru Falls 5 minute drive away

Ripples Retreat so much to explore from the doorstep

Ripples Retreat
Ripples Retreat

Luxury accommodation in a rural setting


Welcome to Ripples

Nestled in the crook of the tranquil Mangaotaki Stream, Ripples Retreat is surrounding by beautiful rolling hills and framed by rugged limestone cliffs.  Our guests' love the peace and tranquility

and it truly is an intimate sanctuary in every sense. Come summer or winter,

it is a place to relax, escape the everyday and explore

-and its exclusively yours!

Located in South Waitomo, under 3 hours from Auckland,   We have designed Ripples to be our ultimate retreat. Barefoot luxury to be used and enjoyed. Lots of texture, details, film history, handmade and homemade items and original artworks. It is designed to be lived in and touched and to envelop you. We are the perfect getaway, ideal for a couple or family to

spend quality time together.


Ripples Retreat is a central home base to explore the many nearby scenic walks, waterfalls, local tourist attractions, and stunning scenery.  It is the place you will want to return to again and again bringing back your family and friends.

There is a reason why Peter Jackson filmed the Hobbit here, it is truly serene.

100% Kiwi family owned and operated

Minimum 2 night stay, 3 nights on long weekends and summer holidays

Single nights between bookings available on request. All prices are for 2 guests, extra guests including children over the age of 7 have an additional nightly rate.

Ripples has “two bar” cellphone reception on the Spark and Skinny networks – Vodafone and other networks will require a 10 minute drive back towards Piopio. To fit in with the digital detox theme, Ripples doesn’t have TV or Wifi. 


Liping Xu (Daisy)

"What a tranquil little gem! Everything is perfect and Trudy has been very helpful providing us some very good tips. Will definitely come back again. Really in love with the gorgeous view . Will definitely recommend to anyone in my connection."


Gina Brogi

"This is among the best places we've stayed in NZ - A very special place indeed! The setting is stunning, we loved our time here and wish we could stay for longer. We will be back :)"

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Katrina and Mike

"We stayed at Ripples for 3 amazing nights. An ideal place to chill and getaway from it all. So much thought has gone into designing the chalet and it is ideally placed overlooking the river where I watched Mike catch a trout from the front lawn! And of course the outdoor bath is a real highlight, especially at night. 

We have rebooked!