Fernglen Retreat

Fernglen Retreat

Near Riversdale Beach, Wairarapa

Fernglen is located near Riversdale Beach, just one hour from Masterton in the Wairarapa region and over two hours from Wellington.

Your journey starts with a drive through the scenic coastal farm.

Set deep into the property, on the wild Wairarapa coast, two small cabins face out to the stunning ocean view. The first cabin has been transformed into a comfortable and stylish wee ocean retreat perfect for couples. Eventually, the second cabin will join it - expanding Fernglen Retreat to accommodate larger groups and families. For now, it sits empty.

The renovated two-room cabin contains a pretty bedroom with sea views and a stylish and cosy lounge and kitchen prep area. Outdoor seating provides the perfect place to soak up the warm rays on the deck as the sun rises over the ocean. A separate toilet and shower facility are located outside, just steps away.

Guests have exclusive access to a private beach just a short stroll down a gentle slope from the cabin. With its secluded location, it's highly probable that you'll enjoy the pristine beachfront all to yourselves!

Staying here is like retreating to your own little isolated world. Breathe in the invigorating salty air, watch the seabirds soar and dive over the ocean and the technicolour skies as the sun goes down in the evening. At night, be lulled to a deep and restful sleep with the constant, rhythmic roar of the ocean waves.

FROM $295 p/n

  • Sleeps 2

Fernglen is located near Riversdale Beach, just one hour from Masterton in the Wairarapa region and just over two hours from Wellington.

Please note a 4WD vehicle is recommended to reach the cabin via the farm track. If you only have a 2WD vehicle, you'll manage the track, as long as it is not lowered.

There is no physical address for the accommodation so you will need to follow the detailed arrival instructions (which include your host's contact details) in the pre-arrival email provided 5 days prior to your stay.

Note: If you have booked within 5 days and haven't received a pre-arrival email shortly after booking, please email us at [email protected].

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Fernglen Retreat is self-catering. Just bring your own food and drink, and cook meals using the BBQ and single-ring gas cooker provided in your undercover outdoor kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you're wanting to get out and about, Homewood Storeroom is a delicious restaurant just down the road. For something to drink, Riversdale Beach Golf Club has a fully stocked bar open year-round on Tuesdays from 5pm and Friday - Sunday from 4pm. 

    The Riversdale Beach Store is a convenient 15-minute drive, perfect for takeaways or essentials. For more supply/meal options, stock up in Masterton (1 hour away) prior to your stay.

    Your welcome guidebook will include more information regarding directions, menus and opening days/times. 

  • things to do

    Imagine waking up to the soothing sound of ocean waves right at your doorstep...

    Guests have exclusive access to a private beach just a short stroll down a gentle slope from the cabin. With its secluded location, it's highly probable that you'll enjoy the pristine beachfront all to yourselves! Try your luck at fishing, riding the waves on a surfboard, or going diving - there's plenty to do! If you're in the mood for a change of scenery, try the bush walk on the property. Then head up atop the hill above the cabin for a picnic with breathtaking views. You'll also have a few games available, such as Kubb.

    For a refreshing summer day trip, Riversdale Beach is an ideal destination. Enjoy a cooling dip in the ocean and take advantage of the nearby golf course and tennis courts.

    Explore the region and head out to Castlepoint lighthouse to hike the iconic Castlepoint Rock with awe-inspiring panoramas at every turn (one hour away). The Anzac Crosswalk is another must-do as it stands as the world's first Anzac Memorial.

    If you're looking to try out the local restaurants or visit the shops, Masterton is a one-hour drive away with plenty to see.

  • your hosts

    Your hosts at Fernglen Retreat are Alice, Cameron and their dog, Nala. Cameron's parents, Shirley and Jeff, are also a part of Fernglen and live on the farm.

    Shirley and Jeff bought Fernglen Farm in 1995, only a few years before Cameron was born. For the past 25 years, Cameron has called it home, with Alice joining the family in 2020. 

    Cameron runs the family-run sheep milking business on Fernglen Farm. Alice is an environmental planning consultant, while also lending a helping hand on the farm whenever she can. They love the peacefulness, surrounding native bush, farmland, and ocean views on their land. The warmth and friendliness of the local community add an extra special touch.

    Alice and Cameron discovered glamping when they relocated two small baches from Camp Anderson in Riversdale in 2012. Eager to transform the baches into accommodation, they embarked on a renovation project to create a cosy and enjoyable space for friends, family, and guests to enjoy. 


  • "

    Awesome spot! It was very cute and cosy.


    - 16 Apr 2024

    1 / 12

  • "

    Enjoyed meeting our hosts, Alice and Cameron. Unplugging in a beautiful remote coastal wilderness in front of the ocean, and in complete isolation, was great for our wellbeing and for our personal celebration as a couple.


    - 01 Apr 2024

    2 / 12

  • "

    Unbelievable place! Very grateful to have stayed at this lovely spot. Would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a great getaway.


    - 19 Feb 2024

    3 / 12

  • "

    What a stunning spot. You basically have a whole beach to yourself. Such a cute little cottage with everything you need. Loved it.


    - 14 Dec 2023

    4 / 12

  • "

    Fernglen Retreat is set in a beautiful spot on the coast. It was great to get away from the city for a few days, take relaxed walks on the beach, sit out in the sun on the outdoor furniture, and wake up to the sound of the sea.


    - 08 Dec 2023

    5 / 12

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    Thoroughly enjoyed the experience, will be back again soon.


    - 06 Dec 2023

    6 / 12

  • "

    Lovely secluded spot. Uninterrupted views of the sea and farmland. Cottage very cosy, lovely comfortable bed. Solar power was quite adequate for our requirements. Highly recommended.


    - 06 Dec 2023

    7 / 12

  • "

    We loved the remoteness and the Bach was fine. Found not having any hot water inside a little hard. Other than that a great few days


    - 29 Nov 2023

    8 / 12

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    It was so nice to be so close to the beach, just sad that it was raining throughout my stay, but it's still nice to be able to hear and smell the ocean! Thanks so much!


    - 25 Nov 2023

    9 / 12

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    Lovely accommodation in a beautiful setting. The beach and ocean are pretty much on your doorstep. I would highly recommend Fernglen Retreat.


    - 06 Nov 2023

    10 / 12

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    I absolutely loved my stay here. It was for a birthday weekend, and the scenery around us, the beach, the accommodation, and being almost in the middle of nowhere were perfect! The hosts were amazing, great communication, and the small touches were appreciated. Would definitely stay here again. Thank you!


    - 28 Sep 2023

    11 / 12

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    What a perfect piece of paradise, everything we needed to simply relax and enjoy our surrounds and each others company. Thank you so much.


    - 17 Sep 2023

    12 / 12

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