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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Reviewed 17 December 2012

We (couple + 2 year old boy) stayed in the Villa for 3 nights, a grand old home. It's showing its age a bit but everything works and it's a beautiful old house. The highlight is the garden, with slide, tree house, old tractor and landrover, as well as farm animals next door, and basically everything to keep our boy...

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Thank you so much for the review, Hayley. We're glad you all enjoyed yourselves, especially your 2 year old. Hope you had a safe journey home across the water!

Palmerston North, New Zealand
Reviewed 4 December 2012

Attended a staff retreat at Mairenui. Was a marvellous environment to relax and work productively with my colleagues. The welcome we received was marvellous with Matt and David ensuring we received the personal touch before David disappeared to do some Christmas duties. Sue, David, Matt and Leonie were consumate hosts - the food was great and everything was done to...

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Thank you very much for your review, I'm glad it worked well for your staff retreat. We do enjoy having staff and management groups ... it certainly keeps us on our toes!

Reviewed 29 November 2012 via mobile

This is a retreat that suits the rural seeker, we stayed here during our honeymoon, the hosts David and Sue were outstanding. David treated us too a 4WD tour in his 1953 landrover, afterwards we enjoyed a round of tennis and walks in the area. The retreat was a wonderfully clean character building, and nothing beat curling up infront of...

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SweetSueNZ, Owner at Mairenui Rural Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review, we're happy that the Retreat was perfect for your honeymoon. We do have many honeymooners stay there, it seems to be ideally suited for a romantic getaway! We hope that the rest of your honeymoon was wonderful for you.

Palmerston North, New Zealand
Reviewed 17 June 2012

Our hosts started our visit with a personally made sign on the porch to welcome us, and this was the setting for rest of our stay, warm, friendly and welcoming, we stayed for a night in The Retreat, a wonderful setting among ancient old trees that must have a story of there own to tell, the fire in our retreat...

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SweetSueNZ, Owner at Mairenui Rural Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review. Yes, it is a great place to celebrate a wedding anniversary, and we're delighted you opted to dine with us. It's always nice to share a convivial evening with our guests, as we like to say we offer "hosted" accommodation!

Sydney
Reviewed 28 April 2012

Stayed for one night in the homestead on a weeks tour of the north island after a few days of very average hotel and motel accommodation. What a wonderful experience in a beautiful location comfortable rooms and the most charming hosts. We enjoyed a fantastic dinner and breakfast and the worst part was having to leave the next morning we...

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Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 21 February 2012

Decided I needed to get out of Wellington for the long weekend. Chose Mairenui Rural Retreat at Mangaweka as Mangaweka recommended by workmate and I had never been to Mangaweka before. Great weekend. Obliging and friendly hosts, Sue and David. If it's rustic you like than the Retreat fits the bill. Sure is a "hobbit-like" house so quirky. Very private,...

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 30 January 2012

This place is really terrific. The whole area is stunningly beautiful. The villa where we stayed is pure charm and Sue and David are great hosts.

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Berkeley
Reviewed 29 January 2012

We had no idea what we would find outside of Mangaweka at David and Sue Sweet's Mairenui Rural retreat as it was recommended by a fishing guide we hired, Jim Rainey. We were so pleasantly surprised. This feels like the real New Zealand. David showed us around the farm that has been in his family for generations and Sue made...

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Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 7 January 2012

Mairenui is as authentic a farm/rural stay as you will get in NZ. The feel is absolutely genuine and is set in one of the North Island's most scenic areas with beautiful rolling hill farmland, a beautiful canyoned river and native bush walks. The accommodation is wonderfully old fashioned and gives you the feel of an late 1800s colonial farm...

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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 17 December 2011

this place is advertised as a "farm stay" however, the reality is it more like a great boutique hotel wonderful clean room and even better meals! Wines and bar akin to an international hotel friendly and entertaining hosts. (without being overbearing or intruding) many thanks David and Sue for a great stay! highly recommended

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Additional Information about Mairenui Rural Retreat

Address: Ruahine Road | RD 54, 4774, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island
Price Range: $109 - $139 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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