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7 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had 2 nights at this wonderful BnB. It may not be in the middle of Paihia, but makes up for that in so many ways. Lovely private fully equipped room with private access and private outdoor patio overlooking beautiful lawn and gardens - did I mention private? Magnificent bottle of red wine in our room upon arrival - and... More 

Thank Maxminder
Karen O, Owner at River Retreat Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. Kerry and I really appreciate you taking the time. We do try to make your stay as enjoyable as possible if we achieve that then we have done what we set out to do. Many thanks and look forward to seeing you again sometime in the future More 

Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the best b&b I have ever stayed in. Ever. The attention to detail shown by the hosts and the incomparable setting makes this place second to none. I stayed at the river retreat a few weeks ago with my husband during our NZ trip and this b&b alone was one of the true highlights! The rooms are spacious... More 

Thank Mina S
Karen O, Owner at River Retreat Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

Hello Julian and Mina Thank you for your very kind words. It was a pleasure to have you both stay with us at river Retreat, it was like having one of our family staying. Kerry and I look forward to seeing you again Regards Karen More 

Singapore, Singapore
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43 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

We were welcomed very warmly by Karen, the host of the retreat and were stunned by the view from the main deck which overlooks a river and fields. The gardens are beautiful and full of native trees and plants. It was winter when we visited so the grounds were too wet to walk on but still looked lovely. Karen showed... More 

Thank TriciaH516
Karen O, Owner at River Retreat Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

Hello Tricia Thank you so much for your kind words. I really enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Townsville, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful, understand why this is 5 stars. Fabulous hosts, friendly and helpful. Karen and Kerry are wonderful cooks and enjoy a glass of wine or two😜. The rooms are luxurious, with comfy a bed, silky sheets and great pillows(so important). We loved over looking the garden and river, cooking our own bbq on our deck, enjoying a glass wine.... More 

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Karen O, Owner at River Retreat Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

HI Sammy I am very happy you enjoyed your stay with us, come again soon More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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53 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2016

The hosts were very friendly and the accommodation was small but modern and it had delightful chocolates and biscuits. The garden was awesome and very well maintained. The breakfast was beautiful.Hopefully come again.

Thank ozzietripper
Wellington, New Zealand
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29 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2015

We spent two nights at this amazing retreat in a room facing the river It was a beautifully appointed room deserving of its 5 star status - comfy bed, nice wardrobe for a slightly longer stay, roomy shower and bathroom, and a lovely deck. The gardens are stunning and well looked after. Breakfast is provided as part of the room... More 

Thank Manyon
JanTurnbull, Owner at River Retreat Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

Your review is very much appreciated More 

Sydney, Australia
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78 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2014

We arrived mid-afternoon, after driving from Waipoua Forest on the West Coast. Roger was busy with maintaining the extensive and very beautiful grounds, but soon appeared to welcome us, and offer a refreshing drink. The guest rooms are in a separate wing of the architect designed building, and are connected by a covered walkway. There is direct, level access from... More 

Thank Billton
Canberra, Australia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 30 December 2013

We spent five nights at River Retreat, a good amount of time to tour the Bay of Islands, all of which are within driving distance. The room was spacious and immaculate set in a beautiful garden visited by many varieties of native birds, looking down to the Waitangi river. Our hosts Roger and Jan could not have been more kind... More 

Thank Sooji173
Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2013

We were welcomed to the retreat by Roger who was hard at work manicuring his beautiful lawn. The fruit of Jan and Roger's labor is apparent both inside and outside the property which is as immaculate, as it is stunning. This type of detail one would normally expect in a five star hotel. I would highly recommend it for couples... More 

Thank David H
JanTurnbull, Owner at River Retreat Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

Thank you so much. We really appreciate your recommendation. More 

Munich, Germany
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34 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2013

The most luxury B&B we've visited during our trip. Jan and Roger are wonderful hosts. The daily cooked breakfast was delicous with a great variety of fresh fruits! The calm room is genorously sized, in a seperat house. The garden is extremly beautiful and is localized next to waitangi river. If you are looking for a quiet, lovely place in... More 

Thank Kurt H

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  • Free Breakfast
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Magical riverside setting, private and tranquil. 10 minutes to beaches. ... more   less 

Additional Information about River Retreat Bed & Breakfast

Address: 838 Puketona Road, Paihia 0204, New Zealand (Formerly RiverRun Retreat)
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Price Range: $161 - $194 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — River Retreat Bed & Breakfast 4*
Number of rooms: 2
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“There are three private villas but ask for the one facing the river.”
 of 5 bubbles TriciaH516, 6 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Limited rooms available and I imagine all are good.”
 of 5 bubbles Manyon, 8 Nov 2015 | Read review
“River room”
 of 5 bubbles Sooji173, 30 Dec 2013 | Read review
“Book if you have your own transport to and from the town of Paihia”
 of 5 bubbles W6021JAdavidh, 23 Dec 2013 | Read review
“One room has a view over the river the other is more private. Both are fitted out the same.”
 of 5 bubbles lasatu, 6 Mar 2013 | Read review
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