Romantic Couples Retreat
Relax, explore or both - you choose.
Created as a romantic couple’s escape, Ripples is intended to be your ultimate retreat where you choose to do as much or as little as you want. Many of our guests arrive with great plans to explore the area, but don't end up leaving the front gate.
Why? Maybe it's the double outdoor bath filled in minutes from the gas hot water or the large deck with a cosy roof heater and comfy loungers; or the expansive front lawn surround on 3 sides by the swimmable river and the farmland views beyond; the list goes on scroll down to the features section below for more info.
Family Accommodation for 5-6 People
As an adventure-seeking family ourselves we know how hard it is to find exciting accommodation for 5 people, especially for teenagers! So we have designed our cabin for 3 extra people in a hidden nook, with its own window and high ceiling. We've also thought of families with 4 children and the large window seat can be used as an extra king single bed.
Ripples is centrally located in the North lsland, less than 2 hours from Tauranga, Rotorua, Taupo, Hamilton and New Plymouth and just under 3 hours from Auckland, and many of our guests chose to catch up for girls' weekends and pre wedding nights, as Ripples can comfortably sleep 4 people in their own beds. See the floor plan below for the bedding layout.
Then there's all the stuff to keep the family entertained - A double kayak and sea biscuit, giant Jenga, Petanque, frisbees, puzzles, games, books, Wi-Fi etc. Scroll down to the features section for a full list.
We've designed Ripples as our perfect retreat and we're super excited to share it with you!
Some of the best stargazing in New Zealand.
The night sky at Ripples Retreat is absolutely breathtaking!
It is located in a rare area of the North Island where the skies are incredibly clear, comparable to the likes of Tekapo in the South Island. It is also the closest area with clear skies to Auckland and Hamilton.
Affordable luxury features
Four Poster Bed (King)
1 double bed and 1 single in a separate space.
Window seat that doubles as an extra king single bed
Double outdoor bath
Sustainably upcycled vanity
Spaces to put everything - luggage to toiletries
Large sunny window seat
Fully equipped kitchen and outdoor BBQ.
Tables inside and out for eating & working
Handmade cushions, snuggly throws
Ambient garden lighting
Filtered drinking water
Espresso coffee machine
Homemade Ice-cube tea infusions
Digital detox box
The views and vibe at Ripples are such that we do not have a TV
Outside you will find
Lidded BBQ which doubles as a gas oven
Large covered deck with heating
Complimentary herb garden
2 outdoor Beanbags
2 dreamy outdoor loungers with ottomans
Double kayak - life jackets supplied
A sea biscuit.
Giant Jenga, Petanque frisbees
Double deck swing chair
All your food, as Ripples is fully self-catering
Shampoo and conditioner - although we do have some in the "Oops I forgot box"
Extra river towels for swimming in the summer
Your choice of insect repellent in summer
Sunscreen all year round
Fishing rod and NZ fishing license
Who should stay
Families with up to 3 children all over 6 years.
Extended families (who like sharing the same space)
Groups of friends
Anyone who wants to make memories : -)