Lodge | Gisborne | #2596
The Ruakituri Retreat offers a secluded but affordable escape with 70 km of world class trout fishing. A place where you choose your own pace. Perfect for a break away to seek adventure & tranquility.
The Retreat is nestled deep in the Ruakituri Valley which meanders its way beneath the spectacular Huiarau mountain range. The retreat offers a unique opportunity to experience the pristine scenic beauty of New Zealand's rural & wilderness countryside.
Set on 12 acres of private park land the Retreat is surrounded by exotic and native bush. The property offers private river frontage with serene river views of the famous Ruakituri River from the rooms & grounds.
The Ruakituri river offers approx 70 km of arguably some of the best rainbow & brown trout fishing in the world. All trout are wild, which when combined with the rugged river environment they live in makes for world class fly fishing. The Ruakituri is an internationally renowned trout fishery with scenic beauty, large stretches of fishable water & the chance to catch a magnificent trophy trout!
As well as stunning scenic beauty there is the opportunity to experience wilderness hiking, fly fishing for large wild rainbow & brown trout, recreational painting or relax and enjoy the friendliness of the local farming community.
The range of hiking trails and bush walks accessible from the Retreat are sure to satisfy all fitness levels & ages. From a gentle stroll around the grounds or down to the river, a full day trip to Waitangi falls, or a 4 day trek around beautiful lake Waikaremoana, this area offers stunning scenery parallel to any in New Zealand.
The retreat is approx 1 hr drive from the famous Eastwood hill arboretum.
A great place to take the family to fish, swim, hike, picnic, canoe & just enjoy the tranquil setting.
The 3 minute journey from the river view veranda to the home pool to catch a 5lb trout virtually off your front lawn is fantastic!
Special conditions: A cleaning fee of $80 applies to all bookings. Smoking is not allowed inside but is allowed outside only. Dishwasher should be put on before guests depart. House is ideal to accommodate families & is well set up to cater for traveling fly anglers to use as a base to fish the Ruakituri River & surrounding region. The small organic orchard beside the house offers a range of seasonal fruit which are free to be used by guests during their stay. Please email for all booking inquiries
This main bedroom is spacious with a small outside balcony. The room features timber floors Windows look out over the river and mountainous hills in the background.
1 x Queen bed
This upstairs bedroom has peaceful views over the house grounds. The room is comfortable & warm with a sunny afternoon aspect, timber floors and two large windows.
1 x Queen bed
Bedroom 3 is a warm sunny room upstairs capturing the morning sun views over the river with mountainous hills in the background. Features timber floors two large windows & a large wardrobe.
1 x Queen bed
A smaller bedroom located downstairs with a bunk bed with top and bottom configuration.
2 x Bunk bed
Combined living/sleeping area,There are two fold out double size sofa type beds situated in the sitting room lounge area. Two separate adjoining lounges provide plenty of space if the fold out sofa beds are to be used.
2 x Fold-out sofa bed
*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Service fees may also apply.
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The lodge is in a perfect location for anglers and provides perfect solitude for non-anglers. The grounds need some attention - access to the home pool below the lodge is difficult and the orchard trees are out of control. The lodge was comfortable, kitchen well-equipped, comfortable mattresses- but dining chairs need replacing and upstairs bedrooms would benefit from fly screens. The verandah was a great place to relax with a wine in the evening.
Thanks for the feedback.... yes its ideal for anglers. Access to the home pool is either through the orchard then down the farm track at the end of the paddock is the easiest, but as its rural farmland its through the long grass etc so pretty rustic. Alternatively over the post & rail fence near the water tank and down the sheep track to the river. We were experiencing a change over in housekeeper during your visit and have further improved an number of aspects.
Despite a few issues with the water supply which the owner very quickly resolved, my family and I enjoyed a very peaceful and relaxed stay in a beautiful location. While we are not fishermen, and the lodge and river are obviously a perfect place to stay if you are into fishing, the kids just enjoyed exploring and playing in the river and we enjoyed sitting out on the veranda with a glass of local wine drinking in the wonderful scenery. Would recommend.
Thanks for the great feedback we appreciate your comments and are really happy you and your family had a great stay. The veranda over looking the river is one of our favorite places in the world.... We refer to it as the "Deck of knowledge" as a result of some of the broad discussions it generates under the stars! We are in the process of making a few improvements and upgrades to the property so would love for you to visit again in the future. Cheers
Didn't feel it was as attractive the second time as the first, the house really needs some work done to it, beautiful setting though, love the peace and quiet, ended up with a beautiful 3 pound brown trout as well, made my 12 year old boys day, you should have seen the smile.
Thanks for the feed back which is important for us. Really pleased your son was successful in landing a good trout during your stay! We have taken the opportunity to make a few upgrades and improvements to the Retreat since your stay and there are a range of additional upgrades we are putting in place over the coming months.