Luxurious lodge in bush/riverside setting.

Lodge | Carterton | #31953

9.7/10 (66 ratings)
  • 30 Guests
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 34 Beds
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok


THRIVE is a large country style house located in the heart of the Wairarapa.

A perfect location for your large group getaway.

Family reunion, work team strategy sessions, get-together with friends, or simply a family vacation.

Thrive is set up for individuals, couples and groups.

With all the mod-cons of city living but none of the stress.

Wake to the sound of birdsong. Marvel at the brightness and number of stars in the night sky. Hike the Tararua Ranges. Fish for wild trout in the renowned Waiohine River. Or just relax with a great movie on the big screen.

With the owner living on-site (separate house), you can be sure your getaway will be stress free.

Pets allowed only with prior approval.


Special conditions:

Whole house bookings:

Sun - Thu $370/night for up to six, then $35/extra guest

Fri, Sat andamp; Public Holidays $420-520/night for up to six, then $35/extra guest

$50 Linen charge and $60 cleaning charge when booking the entire house.

Some outdoor hazards for young children.

Pets allowed only with prior approval.

Extras: Cleaning (Required, NZ$60.00 per stay); Linen (Required, NZ$50.00 per stay);


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Highchair
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair access

Bed layouts

  • Accessible Bedroom

    1 x King bed

  • Bedroom One

    1 x Queen bed

  • Bedroom Two

    1 x Queen bed

  • Bunkroom One

    15 x Single bed

  • Bunkroom Two

    15 x Single bed

  • Master Suite

    1 x King bed


Maybe booked

*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.

Reviews (71)

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  • A large group of extended family - 26 of us aged 1...

    A large group of extended family - 26 of us aged 1 to 85 - were lucky enough to stay at Thrive for a long weekend of walking, swimming, eating, drinking and conversation. The standouts? So many beautiful places to gather in twos and threes to talk, the proximity of the river for inner tube races, the well organised kitchen for self catering, the thoughtful layout with enough space for everyone, Ash the laidback owner who made everything so easy for us, Ash’s dog Scout who the kids adored, patting, feeding and riding the horses next door, all the board games for the kids to pull out, walking the swing bridge at the end of the road and looking longingly at the fire pit with the amazing view that we couldn’t use because of the fire ban...I highly recommend this place. It’s the best holiday house I’ve ever hired.

    Elizabeth W. Feb 2019

  • My overall stay at thrive was a great experience

    My overall stay at thrive was a great experience. The place was kept very tidy and was perfect for our massive group. I loved how many bathrooms, dishes and seating there was. The actual location was really beautiful with all the nature and the river and the animals around the property were an extra bonus. We loved getting visits from Scout the dog. Ash was extremely great to deal with. I sent Ash lots of messages beforehand which he answered promptly and gave me lots of helpful advice. He greeted us when we arrived and made sure we had everything we needed and left us to it for the rest of our stay. We did have a bit of confusion with towels as they are not provided, however, Airbnb say they are which ash explained can’t be removed. If you are planning to stay make sure you bring your own towels. Ash nicely sorted this out for us though. I hope to come back and stay again. Thank you Ash!

    Monica S. Feb 2019

  • Awesome place to stay, well equipped, quiet, heaps to do

    Awesome place to stay, well equipped, quiet, heaps to do. I would love to come back.

    BenR7516 100%|3x Oct 2018

  • Thrive is everything it says it is! The house is amazing, the...

    Thrive is everything it says it is! The house is amazing, the location is beautiful and there are plenty of spaces for a big group without having to live in each other's pockets. Thrive is incredibly set-up with a kitchen that has pretty much everything (and definitely caters for big groups!), a great lounge, excellent movie/media room, awesome bedrooms that can be rearranged to suit most people and five bathrooms. We were there in winter but can imagine how magic this place is in summer!

    SueBrewBethells 100%|3x Sep 2018

  • loved the whole country experience shared with family & our dog Eve...

    loved the whole country experience shared with family & our dog Eve found a friend in Scout. More than enough space for 13 children and 11 adults. Given the weather this time of year, it did not stop the fun inside and out. Our children had so much fun helping to heard the sheep, and double the laughter watching our men slipping and sliding, to be out run by the cleaver sheep, with night eeling and yummy on the bbq. Thanks so much.

    Mereana T. Sep 2018

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