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"A beautiful riverside cabin; a great base to explore from"

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Whether you are looking for a beautiful destination for your honeymoon or a fun family getaway, Ripples Retreat has activities for everyone. From the adventure wonderland of Waitomo Caves to the unexplored yet beautiful West Coast beaches and beyond. Book at least 3 - 5 days here, there's so much to do that our guests don't want to leave!
We are very passionate about our local area, so please feel free to message us for recommendations of places to visit for your unforgettable stay!

Waitomo Caves

Waitomo caves 

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.

Fat Pigeon Platter.

Fat Pigeon Cafe

15 minute drive away

The Fat Pigeon  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.   Preorder your platters or cakes on 078778822  please allow 4 days notice.

Giant Jenga.

Free games

Don't go anywhere

Traveling with 3 teenagers we know how important it is to keep them entertained. They will love our kayak and sea biscuit and we also have many other complimentary games including: Giant Jenga, Petanque, Yatzhee, puzzles, books, cards, board games, frisbees.........

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Waikawau Tunnel

To discover our beautiful region, take a picturesque drive and make sure to pause at the stunning locations en route. In 1911, three men manually dug the Waikawau tunnel to provide access to Waikawau beach, enabling farmers to transport cattle to the market.


Explore our map to organize various day trips from this location.

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Scenic Daytrip 

Located in a picturesque rural area surrounded by lush farmland and off the beaten track vistas, Ripples Retreat offers a central location for exploring the beauty of rural New Zealand. With a network of rural roads, visitors can enjoy scenic day trips that pass by waterfalls, caves, and black sand beaches without being surrounded by crowds of tourists. Check out our map to plan a multitude of daytrips from here.

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Bridge to Nowhere

Scenic Daytrip

Jet boat down the Whanganui River from Taumaranui to the Bridge to Nowhere. 

This is a beautiful and fascinating adventure, capturing an interesting slice of Kiwi history.

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Stay and Enjoy 

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 cabin is so cosy and inviting and it has everything you need for a perfect getaway.

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Wild swimming

At your front door

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

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Spring Lambs

Mid August - Oct

If you are lucky enough to secure a stay during Spring, you will get the opportunity to help us feed our pet lambs at Ripples, They are so cute!

Real fruit ice creams

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.

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Hobbit Film Tours

Hairy Feet Waitomo

2 minutes up the road, Suzie from Hairy Feet will take you on a intimate tour under the stunning Denize Bluffs where "An Unexpected Journey" was filmed in 2011. You don't need to be a LOTR fan to enjoy this stunning location tour.

Tours need to be booked in advance.

Ripples cyclists


1hr to the Timber Trail

The Timber Trail bike ride is a highly sought-after activity that can be reached in just over an hour. Shuttles are available to take you to either Piripiri or Ongarure. Alternatively, you can bring your own bike and explore the quiet country roads. There are two popular loops to choose from.

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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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Kayak &sea biscuit 

Beside the cabin

Take the complimentary double kayak and explore the beautiful Mangaotaki River. Or use the Seabiscuit and swim in the river pool in front of the cabin.

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The Fat Owl 

15 minute drive away

The Fat Owl 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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West Coast beaches 

Scenic Daytrip

A trip down to our rugged West Coast is a wonderful way to spend the day. There are stunning views of Mt Taranaki from the many beaches and we highly recommend a walk from Tongaporutu to the 3 sisters at low tide.  The West Coast beaches are a 50 minute drive from Ripples Retreat Check out our map to plan a multitude of daytrips from here.

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Whitecliffs walk

Scenic Daytrip

Whitecliffs is stunning coastal walk 1. 25 hours drive from Ripples. the beach section of this 6.5 km walk along spectacular bluffs and sheer cliffs. 

The walkway takes you over farmland to Mount Davidson, the Whitecliffs Conservation Area and the Waipingau Stream. Depending on the tide, you can return to your starting point by following the stream to the coast and walking along the beach.

Fishing in Mangaotaki River


0-40 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.. Season Oct-Jun and All year round 5 minutes drive downstream from the bridge.

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Relax in nature  

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.

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Star Gazing

At Ripples

Experience breathtaking night sky views at Ripples, one of the few clear night sky areas in the North Island. View the Milky Way and countless stars and satelite trains from the double outdoor bath - So romantic!

Native Bushwalk

5 minute 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.



15 minute drive away

Spoil yourselves with a double couples massage with Leah and Richie in Piopio. For bookings please phone

Leah 0273076252 direct.

 As a special treat Leah and Richie will come out to Ripples and Massage you on the deck in the warmer summer months.

KT skiing


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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Farm Tours

Limited time

Book a stay of four days or more with us and enjoy an exclusive farm tour, not available to the general public. See ponds, waterfalls, and craggy bluffs for a unique and memorable experience. 

Exclusive to our guests staying 4 days or more at Ripples Retreat.

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