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Hurunui River Retreat

560 Hurunui Bluff Road, Hurunui 7385 New Zealand
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Hurunui River Retreat is the perfect place for a relaxing break.Situated in a peaceful rural valley alongside the Hurunui River, the Hurunui River Retreat is just a one hour drive from Christchurch and a little over thirty minutes south of Hanmer Springs.With two stunning architecturally designed apartments – aptly named ‘Tussock’ and ‘Flax’ – situated a stone’s throw from the Hurunui River, your accommodation offers relaxation, tranquillity and stunning views from every room. Once there, enjoy a glass of wine on the deck or a soak under the stars in our heated outdoor bath, which boasts uninterrupted views of the Southern Alps.In summer, take a short stroll through the paddock to swim in the river; in winter, make the most of the nearby ski fields; enjoy a leisurely ride on the mountain bikes provided; or duck out for some fishing at the renowned Hurunui and Waiau rivers. There’s plenty to do, with the Hurunui River Retreat handy to many popular destinations and local activities.Each apartment has a stunning fully appointed kitchen and barbeque for self-catering, with a continental breakfast provided each morning.
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Paradise292955 wrote a review May 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
We had a perfect time staying a couple of nights here with our two boys 4 and 7. The boys loved feeding the donkeys! Also exploring the river and building a dam. Just up the road is a lovely walk up to the historic fire lookout and the Hurunui Hotel for lunch. A great break away for Christchurch families!
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Date of stay: May 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
HarryKensington wrote a review Mar 2020
Hong Kong, China75 contributions101 helpful votes
This was the perfect place to spend the last few days of our New Zealand holiday. An immaculate and very well equipped cottage in a spectacular setting. We will always remember the peace, the spectacular sunset (not guaranteed!) and incredible starlit nights. Pip, the host was extremely friendly and welcoming and we immediately felt at home. She even went to the lengths of making me a birthday cake! That was very much appreciated and soon eaten. Lots to do in the area, we visited hamner springs and a few of the central Otago vineyards, or just sit on the veranda and enjoy...
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Date of stay: February 2020
David W wrote a review Jan 2020
Auckland, New Zealand31 contributions1 helpful vote
High quality, superbly quiet, and so relaxing. Note that it is 6km along a gravel road, in case that is a consideration. And no wifi, but honestly, you don't need it. We found it so therapeutic to just sit on the deck, eat dinner, and watch the clouds go by as the sun got lower.
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Date of stay: January 2020
c00kiemonsters wrote a review Nov 2016
Singapore, Singapore32 contributions11 helpful votes
We had the most relaxing few days at Flax - it was the ideal spot to recharge after a long international flight and before a long drive up North. The cottage was spotlessly clean , warm, well equipped and stylishly furnished with high quality bedding and towels. Waking up to amazing uninterrupted views and the occasional bunny rabbit in front of our room was an added treat. It was blissfully quiet and peaceful with the only sound being that of birdsong .The kids loved feeding Cheese and Crackers, the resident alpacas, and just running around the grounds. Tina told us about a little walk down to the river and , although it was too cold to swim, we had great fun paddling and skimming stones. Not a soul in sight. Perfect. Tina was warm and great w the kids not to mention a great cook. Do order an evening meal from her- best pannecotta ever! Thank you Tina for and hoping your lovely home was not damaged by the recent quake :(. Regards Tara and family
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Date of stay: October 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
JBubbles50 wrote a review Aug 2016
Christchurch, New Zealand67 contributions33 helpful votes
Lovely place , great decor & amenities. Peaceful surroundings with good view. Extremely good all round & wonderful breakfast options provided. Everything you could want for a weekend away to recharge the batteries. Also great option for a group of friends. We will be back in summer to enjoy the outdoors.
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hurunui River Retreat
What food & drink options are available at Hurunui River Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Hurunui River Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Is Hurunui River Retreat accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.