“Beautiful, tranquil location"

See why our guests are saying this

Built on the farmland used to film The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey, we’ve designed Ripples for comfort and privacy so you can make the most of every day. You can do as little or as much as you want. 


With the sun streaming through, you might not want to get out of the four-poster bed before lunch or you might want to get right into nature at dawn.  Draw yourselves an outdoor bath by just a flick of the tap, no fires to light, sit back and immerse yourself in warm water surrounded by nature,..


 You can fish or swim in the stream take in the beauty of the waterfall walk, cycle the quiet country road or drive 15 minutes to the Piopio village café (known for its fab seasonal food!).


NEW!! you can now order platters directly from The Fat Pigeon which can be enjoyed at Ripples!!

ph 07 8778822 requires at least 2 days notice.

Ripples sunset
Ripples designer kitchen
View from the windowseat
Ripples bathroom at night
Immerse yourself in nature
The Farm

Ripples is an extension to a third-generation sheep and beef farming business situated in the heart of the stunning Mangaotaki Valley, 15 minutes west of Piopio village off State Highway 3. Opened in July 2020 alongside the Mangaotaki stream, Ripples Chalet is completely private. You may hear in the distance the sounds of farm dogs working sheep or spot the farmer riding along farm tracks. 

Stunning farmland views
Double shower
complimentary Honey & herb garden
Outdoor bath gas hot water
Outdoor Caravan socket
winter sun and summer cool
Easy access

Ripples has three beds: A master king four-poster bed. A double bunk bed with a single on top in a separate room. There is a large single squabbed window seat in the main room that can be used as a another bed if needed and is the perfect place to fall asleep on a winters sunny afternoon.

Ripples has all you need, from crisp filtered spring water to hairdryers and includes a fully equipped kitchen. Make use of the outdoor BBQ and deck chairs that can be carried to the water’s edge if you wish. 

Ripples Retreat
Ripples Retreat

Frosty morning landscape
Frosty morning landscape

Beautiful in any season

Ripples Retreat interior shot
Ripples Retreat interior shot

Ripples Retreat
Ripples Retreat