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Maruia River Retreat

2314 Shenandoah Highway, Murchison 7077 New Zealand
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Maruia River Retreat is a luxury nature and wellness resort within a 500-acre native beech forest and private nature estate. Chosen by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the best rainforest experiences in the world and International Traveler's most luxurious places to stay in New Zealand. With only 7 private villas, this 5-star reviewed luxury retreat offers fresh, simple and delicious food, insightful yoga classes, rejuvenating spa treatments and private forest bathing in a river hot tub and forest sauna. Winner of TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice Award for 2022 and 2021. Come and stay at Maruia River Retreat for relaxed luxury wellness holidays with a sustainability focus and regenerative tourism ethos.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Wifi
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Private pool
Fence around pool
Yoga room
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Personal trainer
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Boating
Hiking
Bicycle tours
Billiards
Fishing
Patio
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Shuttle bus service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business centre
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Hot spring bath
Light therapy
Massage
Massage chair
Neck massage
Open-air bath
Steam room
Adults only
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Dining area
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Electric blanket
Walk-in shower
Private balcony
Seating area
Sofa
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Kitchenette
Microwave
Minibar
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Whirlpool bathtub
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Mountain view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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4.0 of 5 stars
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Filipino

Location

2314 Shenandoah Highway, Murchison 7077 New Zealand
Maruia River Retreat
Getting there
Westport Airport
56.2 km
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Christchurch Intl Airport
173.1 km
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pridanko wrote a review 2 Apr
Auckland, New Zealand3 contributions
Maruia River Retreat is a great place to Rest, Recover and Replenish oneself . The staff go above and beyond to ensure you are pampered and relaxed . Nothing was a problem .Their attention to detail is second to none .The retreat is immersed in nature , topped up with forest bathing , Saunas and a magnesium pool . The delicious meals made with fresh produce from their luscious garden was the icing on the top . The yoga sessions were an absolute treat , with Cristina and Lasse sharing their experiences and knowledge with us . We will be basking in this experience for a long time to come !!It was an absolute privilege to have been able to indulge in this experience provided by Lasse , Cristina and their helpers . Thank you all !
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Navigator38290347069 wrote a review Mar 2024
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I had a wonderful stay at the magical Maruia River Retreat....My top highlights were the well-appointed villas, forest bathing, and unbelievably good, fresh cuisine. Be sure to take a walk of the property with co-founder and master chef, Lasse. He is a natural naturalist and his passion for the wildlife and plants of the region is contagious. I found myself immersed the environment surrounding the retreats- I even made friends with a bird. Finally, Cristina's attention to guests' needs is exceptional.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Response from Cristina Holopainen, Owner at Maruia River Retreat
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for sharing the highlights of your stay and for truly appreciating the nature, forest and the birds that make our sanctuary as pristine and special. We look forward to your return one day!
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jennifer m wrote a review Mar 2024
Newcastle, Australia35 contributions19 helpful votes
We stayed here for3 nights in February and it was delightful. From the moment we arrived we were made feel welcome.And the rooms were extremely comfortable with dark curtains to make sleeping better. From the forest bathing and sauna , the beautiful forest walks with great info from Lasse. Magnesium pool and swimming in the beautiful river on the property. They grow all of their own begs and fruit here which really shines in the food. Wonderful meals from breakfast with beautiful home made bread and the delicious yoghurt.The evening meals were a real standout , especially the steak. Just wow. We also met some lovely people who are now friends. It’s that kind of place. I feel as though we arrived here as strangers and left feeling like part of the family. Christina and Lasse are the perfect hosts .And we would love to go back . Perfect!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: Make sure you use the bug spray suppled in your room.
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Response from Cristina Holopainen, Owner at Maruia River Retreat
Responded 3 weeks ago
We really appreciate the time and energy to share your experience with us. And especially for the detail and description in your narrative - it is so lovely that you are able to express what we offer. Thank you so much.
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Miss Khristin Hach wrote a review Mar 2024
Christchurch, New Zealand3 contributions
Everything was just amazing here. The staff were over the top and went above and beyond. I had the best sleep and most relaxing 3 days. The food was next level. I had the steak my last day and was I glad I did. Wowser yummo. I also loved the Magnesium pool and wish I had one at home. What a great spot.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: Its a long drive in so maybe pack some snacks for your room.
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Response from Cristina Holopainen, Owner at Maruia River Retreat
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi Jackie! Thank you for the most descriptive and lovely words you shared. We are so happy you had a relaxing and enjoyable time. We hope to see you back again and have a lovely rest of season ahead!
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Sarah Hayley W wrote a review Feb 2024
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I had the best time! I was desperately seeking an escape where I would be taken care of and could heal. This was the place. The moment I arrived I felt so much warmth and from then on nothing was a problem and I was truly looked after with the best service. I can't fault my experience. Sauna, spa, swimming, the best massages, incredible yoga, amazing food.. I loved it all. Thank you to my hosts x
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Cristina Holopainen, Owner at Maruia River Retreat
Responded 6 Feb 2024
Thank you for your outstanding review and for taking the time to share your experience. You are very welcome and we truly wish that all the benefits from your time with us take you through the rest of your days ahead. We look forward to your return.
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Nina Wellington wrote a review Jan 2024
Wellington, New Zealand1 contribution
Maruia River Retreat is owned & operated by consummate professionals Cristina & Lasse, who seem to be highly skilled in many areas. From the moment of booking to the final farewell, every detail was considered & executed with the utmost warmth & care. I was looking for a retreat which offered an element of pampering, quality facilities, relaxation, immersion in nature & good food. It boasted all of that & more. Nestled in serene native bush and situated alongside the charming Maruia River... you feel yourself instantly melt & succumb to the sounds & vibes of nature as soon as you arrive. Each Villa has complete privacy and is surrounded by lush bush with river views. The heated magnesium swimming pool was a dream to swim in... the water source comes from a pure mountain spring... no chlorine in sight. The Hot tub sits privately amongst tall native trees and overlooks the river – totally dreamy. The double infrared sauna is a stone's throw away from the hot tub and offers the ultimate relaxation & rejuvenation. There is an outdoor shower next to the hot tub to indulge in your own hot/cold therapy. Don't even get me started on the massage & facial treatments – they were 10/10. The quality of locally sourced ingredients & exquisite homemade meals deserve a separate write-up of their own. The food was made & served with love & was of international quality every day. The selection of local wines & spirits was spot on too. Every aspect of my stay was flawless. Every guest is welcomed lovingly, and nothing is too much trouble for the hosts & employees of Maruia Retreat. I was able to totally switch off & feel looked after, but I also had plenty of quiet, restful time. Don't hesitate to book if you are looking for a luxe nature retreat – this has you more than covered.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for your detailed and wonderful description of your time with us, especially your appreciation of the beauty of the nature estate. We loved hosting you and we do hope you come and stay again. Sending you light and good times for the season ahead!
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Polina K wrote a review Dec 2023
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Absolutely wonderful experience. One for the memories. This retreat is designed to be immersed into nature, surrounded by caring and attentive staff. Everything about it is 5 stars. Design of the rooms, quality of the beds made us have very restful sleep. Loved that we had our own time to use saunas including the outdoor hot tub in the forest. Pool with magnesium was something special! You can feel the water softness on your skin. We were treated with 4 course delicious healthy meals every day. Massage and facial were super relaxing and rejuvenating with the locally made essential oils. Loved the energy and knowledge provided by Cristina and Lesse during yoga sessions. Mom and I will cherish this time spent at the retreat for many years. Thank you for creating and providing such beautiful experience!
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Cristina Holopainen, Owner at Maruia River Retreat
Responded 14 Dec 2023
Thank you so much for the delightful review and we are just so happy that your Mom and you had an amazing time. We look forward to your return one day and we wish you an exceptional year ahead and a heartfelt holiday season. Thank you, Polina. 🙏🏽🌼
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Khada wrote a review Dec 2023
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Amazing experience, Amazing location. Food was amazing. Hosts are amazing people and extremely welcoming and helpful. I can't say a single thing that was a negative. The break was very much needed and the retreat was the perfect way to spend the break.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Response from Cristina Holopainen, Owner at Maruia River Retreat
Responded 4 Dec 2023
Thank you for choosing to take your special break with us. And we really appreciate the kind words that encourages us to keep doing the good we do. We hope to see you back someday and we wish you light and enjoyable days ahead.
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Kim E wrote a review Dec 2023
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I couldn't fault this place even if I tried. Best most relaxing experience I've ever had. The Cristina and team made our anniversary extra special with little touches. Husband says he had the best steak he has ever had, and everything I ate was delicious. The nature walk was wonderful Lasse was very informative. So welcoming and helpful. I could go on and on about how exceptional everything was but you are best to just go and experience it for yourselves.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Response from Cristina Holopainen, Owner at Maruia River Retreat
Responded 3 Dec 2023
Wow thank you for the wonderful review and for giving us the confidence we need to serve our purpose. We wish you more relaxing days ahead and we truly hope to see you again. 🙏🏽🌼❤️
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zaphodbeez wrote a review Oct 2023
Siargao Island, Philippines3 contributions1 helpful vote
Maruia River Retreat is surrounded by natural beauty on all sides and is a place to rest and unwind. From the hot tub under the stars to the waterfall hike in the forest nearby, everything about my stay was designed to immerse me into nature. The forest tour, daily yoga sessions, massages, the 4 course dinners, meeting my fellow guests are all moments that I will truly cherish. Cristina and Lasse have built something special and I would highly highly recommend! If you are looking for a holiday to switch off and to connect with nature, this is it.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 3 weeks ago
We really appreciate you taking the time to come and stay and immerse into nature. It was lovely that you met some locals and was able to connect with them during your time here. We look forward to your return someday soon.
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New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionMurchison
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What are some of the property amenities at Maruia River Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Maruia River Retreat?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at Maruia River Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Maruia River Retreat?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Maruia River Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a sauna, and locker rooms available in the fitness centre during their stay.
Does Maruia River Retreat have airport transportation?
Yes, Maruia River Retreat offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Maruia River Retreat?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does Maruia River Retreat offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and meeting rooms during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Maruia River Retreat?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Filipino.