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Riverslea Retreat

Riverslea Retreat
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733 Otaki Gorge Road,, Otaki
06 364 3388
Riverslea offers a truly unique location that fully embraces all that nature can offer. Situated just 10km south of Otaki, our lodge and private cottage provides the ultimate experience for businesses, families, and groups to rest, relax, and escape.

Our facility has the versatility to cater for a wide range of requirements; from business conferences through to health retreats and small groups or family events.

The crown jewel of our lodge is our large, multi-purpose main room fully equipped for groups and conference events. Adjacent, is our modern kitchen along with our easy flow, open plan dining room.

At Riverslea, we are committed to ensuring you have an enjoyable, hassle-free and relaxing stay. And that's not hard to do - being surrounded by native bush, fresh country air, and our services fully tailored to meet your specific requirements.

What's more, we are focused on providing a great experience at really affordable rates. Our accommodation facilities are modestly priced from just $42.50/night per person (minimum charge of 12 people).

Environment Friendly Action

We conserve heat We conserve water We reduce/limit oil/gas carbon emissions We recycle where possible We compost food waste We use sustainable toilet/grey water waste disposal We use bio-degradable cleaning agents We use reclaimed or low embodied energy building materials We use renewable natural furnishings We instruct staff in green practices We mention green/eco issues on our website We conserve/care for wildlife in our area/ natural pest eradication We participate in community environmental initiatives We use principles of permaculture and/or biodynamic method of farming

Other Environment Friendly Initiatives

Member of Bio-dynamic Society, Forest & Bird, Herb Federation, Soil & Health Society.

Dietary Selections: We offer

Vegan Vegetarian Organic Food Locally sourced food Home-grown spray-free produce

Organic Meals

Specialise in Organic Mediterreanean Vegetarian Meals, Trade-Aid Organic Coffee, Tea & herbal teas


Retreat Lodge suitable for retreats, workshops, training events, conferences and gatherings. Our accommodation is for groups only. Lodge sleeps 37 people (6 bunk style bedrooms) Cottage sleeps 4 people (2 bedrooms)

Total Capacity



Bigscreen TV Phone & WIFI


Yoga and Relaxation Available Flying Fox Swimming in Otaki River Tramping

Tariff Includes



Riverslea is in the Otaki River Gorge, with the Tararua Ranges to the east and the Kapiti Coast to the west, 10 kms from the town of Otaki. Driving: Just 55 kms from Wellington, we are an hour's drive north of Wellington on State Highway 1. We are also 95 kms south of Palmerston North on State Highway 1. Turn off at Otaki Gorge Rd. We are less than 10kms from the turn off, look out for our signs on the left.
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User Reviews

There are: 1 reviews, with an average rating of 5.0 out of 5
Hello! Intuititively i get your place is magic.
I am relocating to Welly and would love to hold some Divine Clearing Workshops at your place.
Warmly Yvonne
Posted by Dr Yvonne Murphy on 2014-09-23 14:17:56