"A great base to explore from, lots of fun daytrips"

See why our guests are saying this


Waitomo caves & village

45 minute drive away

Whether you’re seeking adventure experiences or a gentle cave tour, Waitomo Caves is one of the must-see natural attractions in the North Island of New Zealand.

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Kayak & tubes (complimentary)

Beside the chalet

Take the complimentary double kayak and explore the beautiful Mangaotaki River. Or use the tubes and swim in the pool in front of the chalet.

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Bring your bike

Our quiet rural road makes for a perfect country cycle, either a short ride or longer loops can be rode from Ripples. The popular Timber Trail is also just over 1 hour away and shuttles can take you to Piripiri or Ongarure.  see www.thetimbertrail.nz


Night Owl Restaurant

15 minute drive away

The Night owl is a restaurant and bar in Piopio. It is the big sister of The Fat Pigeon and is open Thurs to Sun nights for meals and drinks, both indoors and out.

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2hrs to Whakapapa

Imagine a day of skiing at Whakapapa, pick up a preordered platter on the way home at The Fat Pigeon and soak your weary bones in our outdoor bath with your favourite beverage! Then enjoy a luxurious sleep in the next day.

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Stay and Enjoy Ripples

Don't go anywhere

Many of our guests arrive at Ripples with every intention of getting out and exploring - but once they arrive many choose not to leave. Our chalet is so cosy and inviting and it has everything you need for a perfect getaway.

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Relax in nature at Ripples

On your front lawn

Ripples is so relaxing and tranquil that you won't want to leave. Spend a relaxing day recharging on the generous front lawn beside the tranquil river, listening to birdsong and the lullaby of water running over stones.


Mangaotaki bush walk

5min drive away

This is an easy 30 minute walk through picturesque native bush with many fine specimen trees, over 40 of which are named. A great native educational walk.

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Waitanguru falls

5 minute drive away

View beautiful falls surrounded by native trees and foliage. Easy parking and a picnic area at the roadside. These are the closest of 3 stunning waterfalls  we recommend people visit from Ripples.

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15 minute drive away

Spoil yourselves with either a Relaxation massage with Jan or a Deep Tissue massage with Leah. Or indulge like we do and have a double couples massage. For bookings

Jan ph 0279331467

Leah 0210776230.

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Fat Pigeon Cafe

15 minute drive away

The Fat Pigeon is a highly recommended café in Piopio. They offer a wide range of freshly made seasonal food, as well as takeaway platters, cakes and meals, perfect for spoiling that special person and enjoying at Ripples.  Contact The Fat Pigeon direct on 07 8778822 to preorder your platters or cakes  please allow 4 days notice.

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Free games

Don't go anywhere

Traveling with 3 teenagers  we know how important it is to entertain them. At Ripples we have many complimentary indoor and outdoor games including: Giant Jenga, Petanque, Yatzhee, puzzles, books, cards, board games, frisbees.........

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Many spots  at your door or 10-40 minutes away.

The Mangaotaki is a beautiful river to fish, flowing through some spectacular limestone country between high cliffs with an extensive length of easily accessible fishing water, well-suited to all fishing methods.


Scenic Daytrips

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One of the best ways to explore the Piopio area is to take a scenic drive and be ready to stop at one of the many beautiful spots along the way. Click the link above to view a scenic drive map.

Above is a tunnel dug by hand in 1911 from the Waikawau beach to get cattle to the market.

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Swim at Ripples 

At your front door

Ripples Retreat has a fantastic swimming hole right in front of the front door. Watch your guests swim whilst lounging under the shaded deck or from the extensive front lawn.


Real Berry Icecreams

15 minute drive away

You can't have trip to Ripples Retreat without enjoying one of our NZ famous real fruit ice creams at the Piopio Berry Orchard. Open Oct - Apr their berries are the best in New Zealand.