Rivers Edge

Rivers Edge

Martinborough

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.

FROM $250 p/n

  • Sleeps 2
  • Winter Escape

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Make sure you download or print this handy info sheet with directions and host contact details prior to your journey. You may not have mobile reception at all times.

address

307 Ruakokoputuna Road, Martinborough 5781

directions

River's Edge is a 1 1/2 hour drive from Wellington and 45 minutes from Masterton.  

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).

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  • Eating and Drinking

    If you really want to relax at River's Edge Retreat, book a fully-catered glamping experience! 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. 

    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

    Rest and rejuvenation is what a stay at River's Edge Retreat is all about. Relax at your tent and watch the changing light on the river directly in front of your tent. Watch the mist lift from valley in the morning. Take a long hot soak in the outdoor bath or lounge in a hammock with a good book. Connect over a board game or a game of cards.

    There's lots to offer guests in the region too! If you want to get out and about - take a tour of the Martinborough vineyards. Lake Ferry and Camp Palliser are perfect for a scenic drive. 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. Patuna Farm just up the road, has the amazing Patuna Chasm walk - a nature walk and limestone gorge.

  • Your Hosts

    Matt and Nicki Thomas are the owners and hosts of Rivers Edge Retreat, 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 thoroughly enjoying putting together all the interior details.

    Both Nicki and Matt think that Martinborough, especially Ruakokopatuna is a pretty special place - and delight in sharing it with guests.