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

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 days here, there's so much to do that our guests don't want to leave!

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.

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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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West Coast beaches 

50 minute drive away

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.

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Bridge to Nowhere

Day Trip 

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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Scenic Daytrips

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.

Wild Swimming at Ripples Retreat

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.

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 Tours

Hairy Feet Waitomoo

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.

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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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.

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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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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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.

Mangaotaki bush


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 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.

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.

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