Manutuke Eco Retreat

Manutuke Eco Retreat


Manutuke Eco Retreat is 15 minutes from Gisborne on the east coast of the North Island.

The accommodation is situated on the edge of a wetland lake on the property and consists of a large, safari-style tent and a semi-outdoor bathroom. Interconnecting decks and boardwalks immerse you in the wetland surrounds and connect the different elements of the site. A long jetty out to a viewing platform on the lake is the perfect place to launch the paddleboards for a peaceful paddle around the lake.

Stylishly decorated, the main safari tent has a queen-size bed and plenty of room for relaxed living. 

A shower and washroom are set just off the main tent, with a basin and toilet building a few metres away. A clawfoot bath is positioned at the base of the jetty - the perfect place to soak up the views across the lake.

Manutuke Eco Retreat is the ideal, romantic glamping accommodation. Relax on the property using the comfy Coast beanbags, spotting the birds flitting through the wetland plants. Or get out and about to enjoy the beaches and activities the Gisborne region offers by day and when night falls, gaze up at the star-studded night skies from your private jetty. Drift off to sleep in your beautiful tent to the sounds of nature - and wake to the sunrise across the lake. Bliss. 

FROM $295 p/n

  • Sleeps 2

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 phone reception at all times.

host address

309 Waingake Rd​​​​​ Manutuke 4072


Manutuke Eco Retreat is set in the Gisborne district on the East coast of the North Island.

To get there, follow the Google Maps directions. Once you arrive, you'll need the code for the combination padlock so you can enter through the gate to the property. The code will be supplied to you in a pre-arrival email 5 days prior to your stay. Once you're settled in, your host, Richard will pop up to give you a quick run-down of the campsite and how everything works.

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

    Manutuke Eco Retreat is self-catering. Just bring your own food and drink, and cook meals using the facilities provided in your camp kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you want a break from cooking at any stage, Gisborne is just a 15-minute drive away and has plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from. Stopping in at the Millton Vinyard for a lunch platter and glass of wine is highly recommended! 

  • Things to do

    At the property, there are 2 SUP boards and a 2-person kayak for exploring the lake on water. Yoga mats are provided for yoga devotees and binoculars are provided for spotting some of the incredible birdlife on the property. If you can bear to tear yourself away from the comfort of your outdoor beanbag, you'll find some great walking across two different properties - one with amazing views and one for tree lovers with mature redwoods, eucalyptus, and cedar. The tracks cover over 10 km.

    Bring your bikes, or hire bikes from local bike hire 'Bikeys' and you can ride the Base camp Track - a purpose-built single 2 km downhill mountain bike track on the property. This track was recently built by Southstar Trials and is a free-flowing grade 2 track, suitable for beginners but with enough berms, small jumps and drops to excite extreme enthusiasts. These tracks on the property are available for guest use only.

    Other highlights in the local area include the spectacular Gisborne beaches, just minutes away.

  • Your Host

    Richard Clark and partner, Amy-Kelly are your hosts at Manutuke Eco Retreat. Richard farms in Manutuke and is the fifth generation of his family to do so.

    Manutuke Eco Retreat is the result of Richard's desire to convert an area of damp pasture back to a wetland. A dam was put in place, and over the course of two winters and a lot of hard work, an 8-hectare lake was created. After planting lots of native plants, birds and wildlife flocking to the wetlands - creating a natural paradise that the couple felt would be enjoyed by others.

    With boardwalks, beautifully styled tents and thoughtful touches, Richard and Amy-Kelly have created a little wetland oasis in this special part of Gisborne. It gives them the great pleasure that guests from all over New Zealand and the world have had the chance to enjoy it.


  • "

    Loved spending time with nature.


    - 12 Mar 2024

    1 / 12

  • "

    Such a scenic setting and so much thought has gone into creating this perfect retreat!


    - 29 Jan 2024

    2 / 12

  • "

    We absolutely loved our stay at Manutuke Eco Retreat. It was the perfect place to relax and enjoy the glamping experience. All being fully set up on a boardwalk, it is beautifully presented. We had everything we needed to enjoy our stay and found reading the backstory of this development very interesting. Thank you for sharing your piece of paradise.


    - 14 Nov 2023

    3 / 12

  • "

    Great place to relax with everything you could need.


    - 06 Jun 2023

    4 / 12

  • "

    Manutuke Eco Retreat exceeded our expectations! Beautiful tranquil setting, overcast weather but the tent was lovely and cosy. The paddle boards, kayak and walks made it the perfect getaway for us! Have already recommended it to everyone on my social media and we will definitely be back.


    - 01 May 2023

    5 / 12

  • "

    This was an absolutely lovely place to stay. We got to experience the best of both worlds. Snuggling up inside with the hot water bottles, taht were provided, while there was bad weather. We also loved lounging outside, sunbathing and enjoying the beautiful scenery with the good weather.


    - 14 Apr 2023

    6 / 12

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    Gorgeous spot to relax while surrounded by nature.


    - 08 Feb 2023

    7 / 12

  • "

    I loved this place. High quality, special touches and nature including the frogs on your doorstep!


    - 22 Nov 2022

    8 / 12

  • "

    Great little spot for a nice relaxing weekend away. The site has everything you could ask for. We enjoyed bird watching and stargazing. Words do not give justice to the tranquility we experienced. We will be back!


    - 25 Oct 2022

    9 / 12

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    Manutuke Eco Retreat is a beautiful location my partner and I thoroughly enjoyed. It will always hold a place in our hearts as it's the place we got engaged! Would highly recommend the retreat to couples as it has an amazing romantic atmosphere.


    - 04 Oct 2022

    10 / 12

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    We had a lovely stay at Manutuke Eco Retreat, and highly recommend it to anyone that is wanting a relaxing getaway in Gisborne. The location was private and the facilities were great.


    - 28 Sep 2022

    11 / 12

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    Great spot to come and relax. Awesome attention to detail with little extras, like fresh herbs and lemons. We loved our stay!


    - 20 Sep 2022

    12 / 12

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