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Retaruke River
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Kitchen & Dining

river view chalet

Retaruke, Manawatu-Whanganui

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Sleeps up to 9
From $250 tonight
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Sleeps up to 9
From $250 tonight

Get away from it all and stay at The Riverview Chalet, a riverside accommodation option situated on Papaiti Station, a 2500acre sheep and cattle farm in the remote Kaitieke Valley. Relax, taking in the peaceful views, swim in the river, fossick for fossils, walk farm and bush tracks to take in rive...

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Essential Stay Info

Access to lakes, rivers, streams & beaches
Children Welcome
Digital Detox
Family Friendly
Rural Views
Unique Accommodation
Whole House

Check in time: 2pm
Check out time: 12pm

Eating and Drinking
There is a basic kitchen with an electric stove, microwave, fridge/freezer, cooking utensils, plates and cutlery. All that you require for basic catering. Tea and coffee, cooking oil supplied.

Bedding Configuration
Double bed in separate downstairs bedroom, mezzanine with two double beds and a single, sleep out has a double and a single bed

More info about the property
The Chalet is a cosy A frame with a sleep out, that can accommodate up to 9 people. Views from the deck encompass the surrounding native bush, sheep pastures and the beautiful Retaruke River. Fall to ...

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Unique kiwi experiences for you

Tranquil riverside location, peace and quiet
Native bush and birds
Feeling of remoteness

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What we love about this property

Guests love the remote location, the beautiful river and the unique and cosy Chalet

Activities on or nearby this property

Hiking | Tramping
Mountain Biking
Nature Walks
Sheep Shearing (seasonal)


2WD caravan accessible
Drinking Water
Fridge (or cooling facility) available
Heating (electric, gas or fireplace)
Linen Provided
No Mobile Service
North Island
Power Available
Rubbish bin
RV/Motorhome accessible
Towels Provided
Unsealed Roads
Washing Machine

Drive Times

Auckland: Auckland 4h 30min
Hamilton: Hamilton 3h
Tauranga: Whanganui 2h 10min
Taupo: Palmerston North 3h 22min


This is a fantastic spot from which to explore the upper Retaruke Valley. Ruth and Miles were great hosts and the chalet was very comfortable for myself and young son. The river has swimming, tubing and fishing options and there are some great walks in and around the farm. A little gem.
Craig - Jan 2024

Lovely tranquil spot to get a quiet break away. Very cool setup.
Megan - Dec 2023

About your host, Ruth

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Hi, my name is Ruth Abernethy. I am married to Miles, and we have four sons, two of whom still live at home. We live at Papaiti Station part time, as we also have farming interests in Taihape. We absolutely love our Kaitieke farm, it always feels like a holiday when we are here, which is tricky given we still need to get the work done. We have a permanent farm worker on site who takes care of the day to day running of the farm. Papaiti is a really special place, and I look forward to welcoming guests here so they too can experience the serenity and all that Papaiti has to offer.

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