River's Edge Retreat, Martinborough
SPRING SPECIAL - Book 3 midweek (Sunday - Thursday) nights during September and October 2017 and we'll give you one of those nights completely FREE.
The Luxury Tent at River's Edge
River's Edge Retreat is unique accommodation set in the Ruakokoputuna Valley, just out of Wairarapa wine village, Martinborough.
As the name suggests, the luxury tent is set on the edge of a quiet, tree-lined river that runs through the pretty farm property. The front of the tent has a large glass frontage, offering a beautiful river-side view.
With touches of recycled timber, luxurious textiles and an old chandelier, the tent interior has a rustic chic glamping vibe. A king-sized bed, deer hides, large vintage leather sofa and a wood-burning stove come together to create a warm, comfortable, relaxing space - summer or winter.
The tent has an ensuite bathroom with piping hot water and flushing toilet. A second doorway leads to a small but functional kitchenette.
River's Edge is the best kind of luxury accommodation. It's the ideal place for those looking to enjoy a weekend escape, celebrate an anniversary, or relax with a post-wedding wind down. Breathe the country air and immerse yourself in nature. Soak in the outdoor bath overlooking the river and countryside. Enjoy the pleasure of a glass of good Martinborough Pinot while dining al fresco under the stars. Relax in your plush, comfortable king-size bed and listen to the sound of the river lull you to sleep...Bliss.
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Rates and Extras
MINIMUM STAY PERIODS
River's Edge Retreat has a standard minimum stay period of two nights for weekends, but does allow stays of one night for midweek nights (Sunday - Thursday) outside of the main holiday period (20 December - 31 January). The minimum booking period for long weekends such as Labour Weekend, Anniversary Weekend etc is 3 nights. The minimum booking period for Easter is 4 nights.
Where there is a single night gap between bookings during the main holiday period (20 December - 31 January), it may be possible to book that single night with a surcharge of $50. If you are interested in this option, please email us with your date request.
Standard nightly rate is $295 per night for up to 2 people.
One night stay catered ($160 per couple)
Breakfast - cooked and continental breakfast ingredients
Evening meal - choice of cheese platter or dessert, and main meal
Two night stay catered ($350 per couple)
- cooked and continental breakfast ingredients
Evening meal x2
- choice of cheese platter or dessert
- main meal
HOW TO BOOK AND PAY
The quickest way to check availability and book is by using our online booking calendar. This is always up-to-date. Find the date that suits you, then click Book Now. You'll be taken through the booking process in a few easy steps.
During the booking process, you’ll be asked to pay a 10% non-refundable deposit to secure your booking. Once you've completed the booking process and deposit payment, you'll receive a confirmation email. This explains how to pay the remainder of your balance, which is due 4 weeks prior to your arrival date. If you’ve booked within this timeframe, the full balance will be due straight away. We’ll provide bank account details for payment by Internet Banking deposit in the email, and we also provide a secure link so you can opt to pay by credit card. Credit card payments incur a 2.5% surcharge.
Give the gift of glamping! Gift Vouchers are available for all of our Canopy Camping Escapes glamping sites. These are provided in electronic format, for you to print out and pop in a greeting card for the lucky recipient. Read more about our gift vouchers, including how to purchase one, here.
River's Edge is an adults and couples only campsite. If you're looking for a safe and family friendly glamping site, check out some of our other Canopy Camping Escapes campsites that are super-safe and fun for kids.
Your car will be parked a short distance away from the campsite. Make sure you bring appropriate footwear (like your gumboots or walking shoes) for walking across paddocks.
CHECK IN & OUT
Check in: 3pm - 7.00pm
Check out: 11.00am
TENT SLEEPING AND BED ARRANGEMENT
River's Edge has one large wooden, framed luxury tent, sleeping two people in a king-sized bed.
The campsite at River's Edge is completely 'off-grid' and has no electric power source. Hot water is supplied via a gas powered califont. LPG gas bottles also provide gas for a stove top gas ring. A wood-burning stove provides warmth for cosy autumn and winter glamping.
- The tent has an ensuite bathroom accessible from inside the tent, with a flushing toilet, sink, shower and hot water.
- The camp kitchen has a gas ring for cooking, bench space and hot water for dishes. A weber BBQ is also provided.
- A chilly-bin and ice-packs are provided for cool food storage.
- Mobile phone reception is available on the property (up the hill from the campsite). Guests are welcome to charge phones or devices at the house.
100% Egyptian cotton, top quality sheets are provided. Wool duvet, and underlay are supplied, and beds will be made up prior to your arrival.
WHAT TO BRING
- Food and drink if you choose to self-cater
- Warm clothing in winter – especially if you want to soak up the evening stars
- Footwear suitable for walking across the fields to the tent if it's wet
- Insect repellent & sunscreen
River's Edge is a 1 1/2 hour drive from Wellington and 45 minutes from Masterton.
307 Ruakokoputuna Road, Martinborough
Head into the Martinborough town centre.
Take the Jellico Street exit from the Martinborough Square. Head out of town and turn left at White Rock Road (approximately 2 minutes from Martinborough Square).
Drive approximately 8km down White Rock Road, turn right on to Ruakokopatuna Road. Drive 3km down the gravel road to Nicki and Matt's house which is 307 Ruakokopatuna Road (black house on left hand side of road).
Eating and Drinking
If you really want to relax at River's Edge Retreat, book a fully-catered glamping experience! With this, you'll get all the meals you'll need for your stay including delicious cooked breakfast supplies, and semi-prepared lunches, dinners and desserts. This option completely removes the hassle involved in self catering. All these meals are prepared by your host Nicki, using fresh seasonal and local produce. To book, just select the individual meals, breakfast, lunch or dinner, during the online booking process. Check out the 'Rates and Extras' tab for more detail on prices.
If you'd like to self-cater, River's Edge has all the facilities you need. Just bring your own food and and cook meals using the BBQ and equipment provided in your private camp kitchen. You'll find cutlery, crockery, pots and pans, and utensils.
If you want a break from cooking at any stage, and feel like a meal out, check out the fantastic cafes and restaurants in nearby Martinborough.
The nearest place for supplies is Martinborough, a 10 minute drive away.
Things To Do
ON THE PROPERTY...
- Relax at your tent and watch the changing light on the river directly in front of your tent
- Walk the idyllic country road instead.......watch the mist lift from valley in the morning
- Lounge in the hammocks - read from one of the many books/mags to select from
- Soak in the outdoor bath
- Enjoy a digital detox - read, sleep or enjoy a game of cards.
IN THE LOCAL AREA...
- Do a wine tour of the Martinborough vineyards - a 10 minute drive
- Take a drive out to the coast and visit Lake Ferry, Ngawi or the Cape Palliser lighthouse. Stop on the way at The Land Girl cafe in Pirinoa for fab coffee and a bite to eat.
- Visit Wairarapa's version of stonehenge near Martinborough - a NZ interpretation of the famous English landmark.
- Check out the Patuna Chasm - a farm just up the road with a nature walk and limestone gorge
- Go horse riding with Patuna Horse Trekking.
Matt and Nicki Thomas are the owners and hosts of Rivers Edge, located on Llandrindod Farm, a sheep and beef farm owned and farmed by Matt’s father Rex.
Matt grew up at Llandrindod while Nicki grew up in Karaka, rural Auckland. After returning to NZ from their OE adventures, Matt brought Nicki back to the Ruakokopatuna Valley where they have settled with their two sons, Ben and Henry. Many summers have been spent enjoying the river and natural beauty of the area.
Glamping was seen as the perfect opportunity to share the natural environment of the farm, while providing a unique and luxurious style of accommodation. Having visitor accommodation close to home fits perfectly with the family’s busy lives. On top of keeping up with their children’s extra-curricular activities, Matt has his own farming operation and an agricultural contracting business, while Nicki who has a criminology degree, is in the final stages of completing her law degree at Victoria University. Developing the site has been an exciting experience, with Nicki especially, thoroughly enjoying putting together all the interior details.
Both Nicki and Matt think that Martinborough, especially Ruakokopatuna is a pretty special place and are very pleased to be able to share it with you.
1. Booking and payments
1.1 A deposit of 10% is required to confirm your booking and secure the property. This will be charged to your credit card at the time of booking. A 2.75% credit card payment surcharge will be applied to this payment.
1.2 On receipt of the deposit, you will receive an email confirming both the payment and your booking details.
1.3 The remaining balance will be due 4 weeks in advance of your arrival date. An email reminder will be sent to you 3 days prior to this date, where an outstanding balance remains. The reminder email gives you the option to pay the remaining balance by internet banking or, if your internet banking payment has not been received within 48 hours, the remaining balance will automatically be charged to the credit card used at the time of booking. Please note: a 2.5% credit card payment surcharge is applied to all payments made by credit card. Credit card data is held in a secure and encrypted environment.
1.4 Bookings made within 4 weeks in advance of your arrival date will be charged the full balance at the time of booking (this may be processed in two payments).
1.5 If you are unable to pay the balance before the stated due date, you will forfeit your deposit and your booking will be cancelled.
1.6 Bookings made online within 48 hours of arrival will not be confirmed immediately. Once the campsite has agreed that the booking can be honoured, the guest will be informed by Canopy Camping Escapes and the credit card used for the online booking will be charged the full balance of the stay (note that there is a 2.5% credit card fee).
2. Cancellation and severe weather warnings
2.1 Some campsites may have limitations due to weather. If severe weather is forecast we will call you as soon as possible prior to your scheduled arrival date to advise you and cancel your booking. You can choose whether to defer your holiday to a later date subject to availability or receive a full refund.
2.2 Your 10% deposit is non-refundable, however it can be transferred to another booking made within a 12 month period, if your stay is cancelled more than 3 weeks prior to your arrival.
2.3 Cancellation by you within 4-21 days of your arrival date will result in 50% of the total cost of your stay being charged. Cancellation within 3 days of your arrival date will result in 100% of the total cost of your stay being charged.
3. Safety and Hazards
3.1 Campsites are often situated on working farms and there are hazards both natural and man-made. You accept that you enter the property at your own risk to participate in a glamping holiday.
3.2 Participation in activities such as, outdoor baths, climbing trees, walking on the property and any other activity on the property is the responsibility of the Guest and is done so at their own risk.
3.3 Canopy Camping Escapes accept no liability for accident, loss of property or personal injury whilst on your stay.
No pets allowed. Campsites are often situated on working farms, and therefore are not suitable for visiting pets.
GST of 15% (where applicable) is included in the daily per night cost. A GST invoice will be supplied if requested.
6. The Holiday – Guest Conditions of occupancy and Conduct
6.1 The Guests have the right to occupy the Property for the paid holiday period only.
6.2 Guests are required to observe the rules and familiarise themselves with the procedures contained in the information folder provided in the tent.
6.3 Guests shall take all reasonable and proper care of the property and its furniture, fittings and effects in or on the property and leave them in the same state of repair, condition, cleanliness and tidiness as at the commencement of the rental period.
6.4 Guests are required to inform the owner of any damage or breakage in or around the property promptly so that it can be repaired and replaced for the next guests. Guests are bound to reimburse the owners for replacement, repair or extra cleaning costs where reasonably demanded by the owners for damage caused by the guests.
6.5 Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property.
6.6 Guests undertake to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period. Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner in consulation with Canopy Camping Escapes.
7. Authority to Sign
The person who completes the Booking Form certifies that: he or she is authorised to agree the Booking Conditions on behalf of all persons included in the Booking Form, including those substituted or added at a later date; the signatory is over eighteen years of age; they agree to take responsibility for the party occupying the Property, and to notify Canopy Camping Escapes if they are not a member of the holiday party.
Comments from our guests
The guest comments we publish on this page come from a feedback survey that we send every guest after their stay at River's Edge Retreat. We publish these comments verbatim.
"We had the most fantastic and relaxing time at River's Edge. The luxury tent is exactly that, luxurious with so much attention given to the details. The setting is magnificent. Had the best bath ever in the outdoor bath. Can't wait to come back."
Kelly (27 June 2017)
"The host was warm, welcoming and extremely accommodating, the decor was stunning and chosen with impeccable taste and the location was idyllic and secluded. This was absolutely the most perfect place we could have dreamed of for our anniversary - thank you!"
Ione Gill (17 June 2017)
"Time slowed right down waking to the sound of the river and watching the passage of the sun across the valley. Beautifully and thoughtfully styled accommodation and a great fire kept us toasty warm even in the heart of winter. We will be back!"
Christine and Paul Brimer (20 June 2017)
"Perfect in every way!"
(2 May 2017)
"Amazing setting and host!"
Dan and Sophie (29 April 2017)
"Welcoming owners who have done a superb job in setting up this area. Feels luxurious but in the middle of natural setting - the river and farmland. The evening platter was amazing as was the hot bath beside the rivers edge. A lovely night for us both."
Jan Leggat (20 April 2017)
"Great place to recharge the batteries and Nicki is lovely."
(19 April 2017)
"We truly loved our two days at River's Edge. We wouldn't have changed anything and had all the comforts and luxuries we needed, while enjoying being off the grid in a private, quiet location. Loved the vintage furniture and facilities in the tent and the outdoor bath was a highlight. Nicki was so friendly and provided us everything we needed to have the perfect wedding anniversary. Thank you! We will be back!"
Sophie (14 April 2017)
"Fantastic weekend - so relaxed and lazy. No phone and internet access was wonderful. The accommodation and location were spot on. Nicki and the boys are wonderful hosts. We had the catered option for one day and the food was delicious! Would highly recommend. Thanks so much - we really enjoyed our weekend!"
Janet and Mark Gibson (5 April 2017)
"Fantastic unique accommodation with so much attention to detail from the friendly host, would definitely recommend this experience."
Kelly Wynd (3 April 2017)
"Two days of real enjoyment. Was something quite unique, felt pampered not pestered, plenty of great food and was fun using the weber bbq. Loved the seclusion and outside bath. Romantic spot and time to just relax."
Colin Graham (1 April 2017)
"River's Edge is a little paradise at only 10 min drive from Martinborough and 1.30 hrs drive from Wellington which make this luxury camping easy to access. Nicki, the host, is absolutely charming and thoughtful. She will do whatever possible to make your stay the best possible. The tent is cosy and the outside bath tube is magical. River's Edge is the perfect place for a relaxing weekend to reconnect with nature."
(28 March 2017)
"Beautiful spot, lovely owner operator, awesome setup, cant wait to come back. PS. two days was nowhere near enough :)"
Blaire Alder (19 March 2017)
"River's Edge is the perfect combination of luxury and basic. You have everything you need to have a lovely break without the temptation of checking your phone or tablet. The location is perfect, you really feel you are out in the country, while only being 10-15 minutes away from Martinborough. We would highly recommend - we particularly enjoyed the outdoor bath!"
Kate (14 March 2017)
"Nicki and Matt are amazing hosts. They have everything covered. The bed is so comfy, the furnishing are luxurious and there is even salt and pepper and tomato sauce. I cannot wait to go back!"
Kate (8 March 2017)
"We had a great experience which we would recommend to others. We chose the food option supplied by Nicki which was beautifully presented, plentiful and delicious."
(6 March 2017)
"Beautiful location and luxurious accommodation! We loved the outdoor bath and were blown away with how lovely the tent was. We will definitely be back and will make sure we stay for longer! Thank you!"
(1 March 2017)
"Absolutely perfect! Felt refreshed, loved up, fed & revived.. please don't make us leave!"
(20 February 2017)
"This was the most wonderful experience! From the wonderful host (and her baking!) to the magnificently built tent, to the outdoor bath and the running hot water - our stay here was pure bliss! Only wish we had stayed longer! Will definitely be back and will recommend to others looking for a quiet luxurious getaway!"
Sam (6 February 2017)
"River's Edge is a beautiful, relaxed spot which feels so far removed from every day life in town. The set-up is very romantic and luxurious."
Jill Hockley (31 January 2017)
"A beautiful, peaceful getaway with everything taken care of. Having an evening bath right beside the river with the tuis, woodpigeons and fantails stopping by, and seeing the beautiful night sky with thousands of stars overhead were our personal highlights."
Lisa and Matthias (28 January 2017)
(25 January 2017)
"An absolutely priceless experience. Such a peaceful location with everything you need for a romantic getaway :)"
Chloe Graham (12 January 2017)
"Rivers edge is the perfect spot to unwind in an intimate setting with someone special. Everything about it screams relaxation, from the gorgeous stream to the hot outdoor bath. Each part has been well thought out and the hosts have taken time to make something really special. Best thing is that it's only an hour from Wellington!"
Nicola (1 January 2017)