Lodge, 4 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom with bath, Shower downstairs (Sleeps 10) 2 toilets
As 3 keen fly fishing anglers who had fished extensively throughout New Zealand we found the fly fishing on the Ruakituri River to be consistently the best we had experienced anywhere, so when the opportunity to purchase the Retreat came up we grasped it. The setting right on the river is very picturesque and with access to walk from the house to be at the first pool below the house within 5 minutes is fabulous. The grounds are such a relaxing place for us as there are no neighbors nearby and the trees surrounding the grounds provide great privacy. We have taught our partners and children to fly fish and nurture a love for the outdoors and wilderness. It is a place that has provided great joy to us and our families and the friends we take to visit the valley and importantly it has provided a strong central pillar to bind our friendship together since we purchased the property in 2005 We continue to spend time either together or with our families at the house and it provides a great chance to connect and have some great fun as well as some of the best fly fishing for large trout on the planet.
breakaway purchased this Lodge in 2005
Why breakaway chose Ruakituri
The location of the property was a major reason for purchasing the Ruakituri Retreat. The Ruakituri River was rated the #2 river in New Zealand by NZ Fish & Game's last angler survey. The survey takes place every 5 years and covers 800 rivers in NZ. Arguably the Ruakituri is among the top rivers for trout in the world. Accommodation in the Ruakituri Valley is quite limited and there are no other riverfront properties of this quality available for rent. The setting for us was also a strong reason, as the property has 15 acres of land along the river. The house has a commanding position looking over the river and is surrounded by green fields and beautiful trees. Our families love the peace and quiet but also love the great fly fishing, swimming in the river in the summer, as well as rafting and kayaking. We also do a lot of back country hiking and camping in the wilderness areas accessible from the end of Ruakituri Valley Road which is near the start of the Te Urewera National Park designated as a wilderness area.
What makes this Lodge unique
Set on 15 acres of private park like grounds with the nearest neighbours half a kilometer away the tranquility is awesome. The house is situated about 50 meters above the Ruakituri River and the view from the private veranda which looks down the river and across to majestic hills and rural scenes is amazing. With no town lights or near neighbours the stars at night are incredible. The rural community in the valley makes it a very friendly place to be. Although cities can be fun places, leaving them behind for a few days to experience the remote and picturesque beauty of the Valley is fantastic therapy. The world class fly fishing, swimming, kayaking the river or walking or hiking opportunities in the area provide multiple options for visitors.
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The lodge is in a perfect location for anglers and provides perfect solitude for non-anglers.
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.
Ideal spot on the river, shame about the extreme weather we had!
Ideal spot on the river, shame about the extreme weather we had! Some confusion over where the key was going to be left but was organised by the cleaner very quickly! Thanks for a great stay.
Hi George, Thanks for the feedback.... sorry the weather was not kind during your stay. Glad you enjoyed it despite the rain!
Didn't feel it was as attractive the second time as the first, the house really needs some work done
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.
Despite a few issues with the water supply which the owner very quickly resolved, my family and I en
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
A great retreat away from the day to day routine.
A great retreat away from the day to day routine. Perfect for our extended family get-together. Great swimming spot just below the bridge.
Thanks for the feedback and pleased you had a great time. Swimming just below the house is also fun and handy. There is a track from the top paddock which you can drive down to the river from if you have a 4WD.
Fantastic home - Plenty of space, No-one wanted to go home, the boys had fun running around the grou
Fantastic home - Plenty of space, No-one wanted to go home, the boys had fun running around the grounds, it was about 1hr 20mins drive to Eastwood Hill Arboretum.
Awesome really glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the feedback!