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Rock Retreat Bed and Breakfast

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Mt Kakepuku looking towards the Coromandel.
Out and about on the farm at Rock Retreat.
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Overview
1 bedroom
1 bathroom
4 guests
1 night minimum
Private Room
Experience the peace and tranquility of Rock Retreat B&B whilst absorbing stunning mountain and limestone views of the central North Island and our wild west coast hill country. We pride ourselves on being an eco friendly,self sufficient accommodation.Our source of power is run by solar and wind. Take a moment and relax on your own private deck and watch Tui and Bellbird enjoy our native flax.Look out for Kereru(wood pigeon) and New Zealand Falcon. Spot our volcanic mountains.On a clear day you will see Mt Pirongia,Te Aroha,Kakepuku,Maungatautari,Pureora and Tongariro national park(Ruapehu,Ngaruhoe and Tongariro). A continental breakfast is provided in the cottage. Your hosts Biddy Stubbs and Rich Kersel,daughters Hazel and Fern....Experience the peace and tranquility of Rock Retreat B&B whilst absorbing stunning mountain and limestone views of the central North Island and our wild west coast hill country. We pride ourselves on being an eco friendly,self sufficient accommodation.Our source of power is run by solar and wind. Take a moment and relax on your own private deck and watch Tui and Bellbird enjoy our native flax.Look out for Kereru(wood pigeon) and New Zealand Falcon. Spot our volcanic mountains.On a clear day you will see Mt Pirongia,Te Aroha,Kakepuku,Maungatautari,Pureora and Tongariro national park(Ruapehu,Ngaruhoe and Tongariro). A continental breakfast is provided in the cottage. Your hosts Biddy Stubbs and Rich Kersel,daughters Hazel and Fern.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
1 Full bath
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About the Owner
Biddy S
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:March 2014
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Reviewed March 8, 2020

Drive about 15 minutes out from the center of Waitomo, and the reward is a peaceful and quiet countryside cottage with some sweeping views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. The cottage sits at one end of a farm which has been owned by the...More

Date of stay: February 2020
Thank DDMMM
Reviewed January 19, 2019

We travelled to New Zealand to spend Christmas with family and our stay at Rock retreat was booked by our daughter-in-law's mum. We thought it was simply a wonderful place. It has everything one needs, but it is not, perhaps, for those who would like...More

Date of stay: December 2018
Thank mikesmith1951
richard biddy h... k, VR Owner at Rock Retreat Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2019

Thank you Mike and Hilary.It was lovely meeting you both and so glad you enjoyed your stay.

Reviewed December 9, 2018

Lovely rustin cabin on a picturesque farm. Very small kitchen but adequate. Would stay in the village next time rather than the 10 klms of winding road. As there is no wifi, difficult booking things, advertised by owners that they are there to help and...More

Date of stay: December 2018
Thank Rhondabeth111
richard biddy h... k, VR Owner at Rock Retreat Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2018

Hi Rhonda, So sorry you left feeling the way you did.We do advertise the fact we are off the grid and like to be WiFi free for others to experience the full retreat feel and are a 10 minute drive from Waitomo village.We realise we...More

Reviewed August 14, 2018

We only stayed at Rock Retreat for one night but we wish we could’ve stayed forever! The drive up was beautiful, rolling mountains covered in sheep, driving up the coast of NZ. We flew into Auckland and drove there, it was about a two hour...More

Date of stay: June 2018
Thank dhansen119
richard biddy h... k, VR Owner at Rock Retreat Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2018

Thanks for your review.We are glad you enjoyed yourselves.Thanks for your feedback on the loft beds.We are definitely aware it's a more comfortable space for smaller families.

Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

The cottage was cozy and brim full of tiny details. Biddy was kind and helpful too. Wish we could stay longer. Thanks for everything.

Date of stay: July 2018
Thank 134lizetteb
richard biddy h... k, VR Owner at Rock Retreat Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded July 16, 2018

Thanks Lizette.Lovely meeting you.Glad you enjoyed your stay at Rock Retreat.

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Reviewed April 7, 2018

Thank you Biddy for allowing us to stay at your wonderfull cottage. Our son loved the loft bedroom. Very comfortable, well appointed and in a very tranquil setting. Wish we could have stayed longer.

Date of stay: April 2018
Thank shaunSKS
richard biddy h... k, VR Owner at Rock Retreat Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2018

Thanks Shaun.Lovely meeting you all.Glad you enjoyed your stay.

Reviewed March 21, 2018

It was the perfect place to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Lying in bed and watching the fire, getting up to see the sunrise were highlights. We had no idea there were so many free walks in the area like the Ruakuri walkway. An amazing...More

Date of stay: March 2018
Thank CathyB2978
richard biddy h... k, VR Owner at Rock Retreat Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2018

Thanks Cathy for choosing Rock Retreat as part of your Waitomo experience.So glad you enjoyed your stay.

Reviewed January 22, 2018

Rock Retreat is the perfect place at which to stay sample the adventure activities at the Waitomo karst (cave/limestone) precinct. My wife, my two teenage children and I stayed there for three days in early January 2018 for this purpose. Rock Retreat is a short,...More

Date of stay: January 2018
Thank Tim M
Management response:Responded January 23, 2018

Thanks again for choosing Rock retreat as part of your Waitomo experience Tim.It was a pleasure hosting you all.

Reviewed December 24, 2017 via mobile

Lovely little cottage with amazing views. Simple and rustic but charming and super comfy beds. Biddy was extremely helpful. A small suggestion is to add a toaster. We couldn’t get oven to work despite instructions so ended up using frying pan which ruins the pan...More

Date of stay: December 2017
Thank Anna C R
Reviewed December 19, 2017

We had a really pleasant stay in this beautiful property. The cottage was lovingly built by the owners and it is really pretty and cosy, with a stunning view. The owners are helpful and yet respectful of our privacy. We didn't miss the absence of...More

Date of stay: December 2017
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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Balcony
Grill
Suitable For Children Under 5
Deck
Fireplace
Refrigerator
Highchair
Kettle
Linens Provided
Mountain Views
Outdoor Dining Area
Playground
Porch
Secure Parking
Shared Garden
Staffed Property
Cooker
Terrace
Towels Provided
Trampoline
Washer
Fishing Nearby
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Watersports Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Cycling Trips
Hiking Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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Car recommended
How to get there
Drive 9kms from Waitomo Caves village on Te Anga Rd.Turn right onto Hauturu Rd.Follow the Rock Retreat signs.We are 1km up Hauturu Rd,first house on left. Don't use a gps as it will send you on a wild goose chase to the other end of Hauturu Rd,which beyond us gets very narrow and windy on an unsealed road.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rock Retreat Bed and Breakfast

Rock Retreat Bed and Breakfast is able to accommodate up to 4 guests. See all property details.

Rock Retreat Bed and Breakfast has one bathroom available. See all property details.

Rock Retreat Bed and Breakfast has one bedroom available. See all property details.

Stays at Rock Retreat Bed and Breakfast must last at least one night. See all property details.