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"Can we stay for 100 nights?"

 Ripples has been specially created with children aged 6 and over in mind as an affordable luxury cabin with something for everybody. From Petanque to fishing, kayaking, swimming and exploring. Reading, puzzles and stargazing, we want you to love Ripples as much as we do!

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  • Internet - Connecting while you’re there
    Wi-Fi is now installed at Ripples. Data is generous but not unlimited so feel free to download and watch movies on your devices or arrange all those Zoom meetings from here, but please do all your system updates before you arrive. Ripples is a beautiful spot to relax and just switch off, so if you need a digital detox (which our previous guests have loved!) please ask us to turn off the Wi-Fi when you book and you won't even know it's there when you arrive. We have “two-bar” cellphone reception on the Spark and Skinny networks. Vodaphone and other networks are a 10 min drive away. There is no TV.
  • Is food provided or do we bring our own?
    Platters you can order and pick up from The Fat Pigeon 07 8778 769 Ripples is fully self-catering so you will need to bring your food. We do supply the basics of tea, instant and espresso coffee, milk, salt pepper and oil, plus a few little surprises. There is a full working indoor kitchen with a coffee machine and we have a lidded outdoor BBQ which doubles as an oven and cooks great pizzas! We also have a seasonal herb garden. You can either bring your food or travel 15 mins into Piopio to the Fat Owl Restaurant and bar on Ruru St $$ (open Thursday—Sunday) for a lovely seasonal meal or a takeaway pizza. The Fat Pigeon Café $$ Moa St (SH3) has platters available which you can pick up and enjoy at Ripples, you will need to contact The Fat Pigeon direct with at least 2 days' notice on 07 8778 822 to pick these up on your way to Ripples. They are open daily for breakfast and lunch and we highly recommend grabbing a takeaway box of either their cabinet or kitchen food that you can purchase on your way through Piopio. The Cloverleaf Café 15mins away $ Moa St (SH3) Piopio 07 8778 368 Open daily with a bakery, takeaway coffee, burgers and fish and chips. Very casual. Piopio Superette Moa St (SH3) $$ is a small local dairy and has all the basics New World in Te Kuiti is 35 mins away and they have a click-and-collect option which needs to be ordered 24 hours in advance. We also highly recommend Nahna’s Fruitery next to New World for high-quality seasonal fruit and vegetables. Hari will make up boxes of produce for you to pick up if you are travelling from the North. 07 8788207.
  • What are the kitchen facilities
    Our designer kitchen at Ripples has a 2 burner electric cooktop, a full fridge with filtered water and a 2 drawer freezer. It is fully equipped with everything you will need to cook and serve a meal for up to 5 people. There is a lidded gas BBQ outside. To use this as an oven: Remove 1 of the grills before you turn it on, and leave the other to 1 side. Heat the BBQ to temp - it has a temperature gauge Turn off the burner under the remaining grill, place the food to be baked in one of the cast iron pans supplied, and place it on this side. (not on the side with the burner still going as it will burn the bottom) Enjoy!
  • How do I cancel my booking? Can I get a refund?
    Cancellations Cancellations 14 days or more prior are fully refundable however we much prefer to rebook you as you don't want to miss a stay at Ripples. Cancellations received 7 -14 days prior are 50% refundable. Cancellations within 7 or less days of your date of arrival are non refundable. All alterations and re-bookings will incur a $25 administration fee. If you wish to change your booking please contact us.
  • How do we get to you?
    Ripples is accessed directly off the sealed Mangaotaki Rd on a short flat driveway suitable for all vehicles. You will be sent a confirmation with your booking and a 4 digit entry code. There is a black lockbox under the covered deck on the closest post. When you punch in the number, the lockbox will open to reveal the key to the front sliding door. If you go away for the day we recommend that you place the key back in the lockbox (you will need to enter the code again to lock it); this avoids any lost keys. PLEASE USE THESE DIRECTIONS AS SOME GPS UNITS CAN TAKE A LONGER ROUTE ON UNSEALED ROADS Travel on State Highway 3 to Piopio Turn west up Kaka St at the Gas Station at the Southern end of Piopio Village Veer left off Kaka St onto Mangaotaki Rd Continue up Mangaotaki Road for 13.14 kms unti you see the Ripples sign on the right approximately 15 minutes from Piopio. Please note that Google Earth shows 1314 Mangaotaki Rd 1 km closer to Piopio than it actually is.
  • What do I need to bring?
    We supply luxury linens at Ripples including hemp, cotton or linen sheets, soft spa towels, complimentary dressing gowns and tea towels etc. We also have extra towels which you are welcome to use if needed but we try to be a sustainable as possible and encourage the use of 1 towel per person for short stays. You will need to bring swimming towels for the river and we recommend you bring a good pair of walking shoes, a raincoat, sunscreen, sun hat, insect repellent and your personal toiletries. There is complimentary hand soap, bodywash, laundry powder, dishwashing detergent and we have a full First Aid Kit and an "Opps I forgot box" with some extras that you may have forgotten.
  • When and how do I pay?
    In order to ensure your booking is secured, payment is required at the time the booking is placed. Both credit or debit card payment options are available to you at the online checkout. We also accept direct debit payments and you can book and contact us at for account details, you will then have 48 hours to pay. All our pricing is available on our calendar under Book Now.
  • What do I do if I have booking issues?
    Wait 15mins and book your dates again. Alternatively, contact and I can manually book you in. We apologise for any inconvenience you have encountered with our booking system, we are currently changing to a better system and really appreciate your patience.
  • Where is the nearest Supermarket and Petrol Station?
    Four Square (dairy) 15 minutes away in Piopio SH3 New World Te Kuiti 35 minutes North on Rora St Gas petrol station in Piopio 15 minutes away on Kaka St All other major petrol stations are in Te Kuiti
  • Are children allowed?
    Yes however, Ripples has unlimited access to flowing water please only book children above the age of 6 and/or only book if you are confident none of your guests pose a risk of drowning. Our guests' safety is super important to us.
  • How many people can Ripples sleep?
    Ripples can sleep up to 5 people. There is a King size bed and a double bunk bed with a single above in a separate alcove. Ripples will comfortably sleep 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children (over the age of 6). There is also a generous window seat with a single-size squab which our guests have slept on when they don't want to share a bed.
  • Is Ripples availible for event hire?
    When you book Ripples there are several additional areas within the grounds to accommodate tents and caravans. There is a caravan powerplug on the side of the building. These services can be hired as extras when you book Ripples please contact us at for rates and more information. Piopio (15minutes drive away) has several business offering excellent catering services. We do not allow parties.
  • Is there an additional charge for more people?
    The pricing is for 2 people and there is an additional charge of up to $50 per person per night. (Children must be over the age of 6).
  • Is there a minimum number of nights?
    Whilst we usually have a minimum of 2-night stays, we are currently offering special 1-night options till the end of August 2023. $345 on weeknights and $399 on Friday and Saturday nights for 2 people. Long weekends and some holiday periods have a 3-4 night minimum stay. We regularly have return guests staying for extended nights to take advantage of all that Ripples Retreat has to offer. For extended stays over 14 days please contact me to put together a special deal just for you.
  • Do you offer gift vouchers?
    Yes. A Ripples gift voucher makes a wonderful gift for parents, loved ones or for businesses. We can personalise it by including a business logo or a special message. Gift vouchers may be used for any available weekdays, weekend a minimum of 2 nights. For public holiday weekends there is a minimum of a 3 night stay. To order one, please contact us.
  • Can I bring my dog?
    As Ripples Retreat is located on a working sheep farm, we do not allow dogs.
  • What time is check in and check out? How do we check in?
    Check in is from 2pm and check out before10am. You can of course check in later than 2pm but we recommend coming as early as possible to make the most of your stay. Ripples has contactless entry and you will be given your code for the lockbox in the week before your stay. The lock box is located on the front pillar of the porch and has the front door key inside. This means you can arrive whenever it suits you (after 2pm) and you will not need to contact us if your time of arrival changes. We do ask for a rough time of arrival as whenever we can, we will make sure the cabin is at a nice temperature for you and we will turn on outside lights if you are arriving in the dark.
  • Where is the nearest medical centre?
    The nearest medical centre is Te Kuiti Hospital located in Te Kuiti township, ph. 07 8787878.
  • Is Ripples exclusively ours for our stay?
    Yes! Ripples has only one cabin and it’s all yours. You will be given a code for the lockbox so you can let yourselves in. We are located 500m further up the road but won’t be disturbing you during your stay. If you need us, we are just a phone call away on 07 8778349 or 027 8268500. When you leave, just lock up and place the key back in the lockbox. You are welcome to explore the paddocks next to the river. Unfortunatley due to the farm being located on limestone country the rest of the farm is off limits to guests due to having mutliple hazards and large animals, we recommend you enjoy the quiet country road for walks and cycling.
  • Are there laundry facilities and will our sheets be ironed?
    We do not have any laundry machines at Ripples but you are welcome to use our laundry FOC at the homestead (500m away). We do have laundry powder, a washing bucket and a drying rack for handwashing. Ripples has been designed with a relaxed, rustic luxury home-away-from-home feel, including cosy, un-ironed luxury sheets. “Life’s too short to iron sheets!”
  • How many nights can we stay for?
    You can stay for as many nights as you like with a minimum of 2 nights, long weekends and some holiday periods have a 3 night minimum stay. We regularly have return guests staying for up to 5 nights to take advantage of all that Ripples Retreat has to offer. If there is a 1 night gap between bookings we can sometimes make exceptions for 1 night stays with an extra charge for cleaning.
  • Can we fish here?
    Yes, in season Oct - June you can catch both Brown and Rainbow Trout from the front lawn. You will need a valid fishing license and below is a link with more information about the local fishing season. Please bring your rod or ask if you can borrow ours - please bring spinning lures for it.
  • What games does Ripples have?
    Outdoors we have: Petanque, Giant Jenga, a double Kayak, a sea biscuit and a tree swing. Inside we have: A range of board games including, Yahtzee, Knuckle Bones, Pick Up Sticks, Cards, Strategy plus a few others and also Puzzles, books, magazines, crossword books and 2 Waitanguru history books
  • Will our stay be limited by power and hot water?
    No. The cabin is hooked up to the NZ mains power supply and has gas hot water, so you will have an unlimited supply of both (within standard usage reasons). However we do experience the odd power cut which will affect both, thankfully these power cuts are usually very short, under 15mins.
  • Is the water safe to drink?
    Yes, we have a thorough filtration system and a dedicated Filtered Water tap. Our water is good to drink and we encourage people to be sustainable and use it rather than bringing bottled water.
  • Can we bring our camper van?
    Yes, when you book the cabin you can bring a campervan or RV. Extra guests staying in the campervan will be charged $50 per person per night. For example: if there are 2 people staying in the cabin and 3 people staying in the campervan you should book for a total of 5 people. We have a maximum of 6 people who can stay at Ripples and in a Campervan RV on any night. There is an exterior power socket and hoses for water.
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