RiverRidge Retreat, Owaka

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RiverRidge Retreat, Owaka

Located on beautifully groomed grounds beside the Catlins River, the RiverRidge Retreat resonates peace and tranquillity – no distractions from busy city life, an ideal setting for your wedding, conference, festival, retreat or special event.

Or simply use it as a base to explore the beautiful Catlins area.

Situated in a picturesque setting, surrounded by lush native bush, stunning ridges, bird life, and a crystal clear river.

With its beautiful outlook and peaceful surrounds, it is a slice of paradise.

The ideal spot in which to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Wake to the sound of abundant bird life, smell the freshness of the native bush and sit back and enjoy the tranquil location and peaceful surroundings at RiverRidge Retreat – "Natures Paradise".

We also offer our Catlins Experiences where we combine your stay at RiverRidge Retreat with many different packages for you to experience the wonderful Catlins.

They include;

  • A wide range of adventure activities (kayaking, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting, marine encounter, mountain biking to name a few)
  • A lovely family farm tour
  • An indulgence beauty experience
  • Various combination packages and you can even design you own custom experience!


The Retreat can sleep up to 60 people in a mixture of modern self contained units, shared facilities, and private rooms. Bed linen & towels are provided. Motor home and tent sites have optional power-point sites.


We are proud to offer all kinds of services at RiverRidge Retreat including weddings, conferences and other events.

Various free extras are included and we even give you a money back guarantee on some of our activities.

The Retreat is in a perfect location to be a bridge to the nature of The Catlins.

The famous Catlins River Music festival is held here bi annually and the Catlins Woodstock Music festival has been an annual event for 25 years now.

Look below for a summary of the activities you can enjoy here.

  • Catlins Experiences - We run a wide range of experience packages including adventure activities, farm tours and indulgence experiences.
  • Dream Weddings - We're very different from most wedding venues as we offer various guarantees as well as other extras such as no closing time and a wedding day massage for the ladies.
  • Conferences & Work Events - With seating for up to 150 guests, The Retreat is the perfect location for your companies next conference or other work event. As well as our unique guarantee and professional kitchen, you can even stay here for a couple of days for free to make sure The Retreat is right for you.
  • Festivals - With up to 20 acres of land, it makes The Retreat perfect of all types of festivals in Otago. We have a proven track record with successful festivals and our new professional kitchen to make everyone's time the best experience possible.
  • Social Events - The Retreat is also great for birthdays, family reunions and many other social events. We'll work with you to make your family event customized just for you with wonderful food, great company and a wide choice of accommodation.
  • Health & Fitness - As Gary is one of the leading health and fitness trainers in The Catlins, they welcome guests to The Retreat for weight loss, health and sport retreats. And while your here you can enjoy healthy but delicious food and take in the beautiful scenery on our door step.
  • School Retreats - RiverRidge Retreat is ideal for all kinds of school retreats including sports, camping, as well as health and fitness events for the students. It is a great way for the students to connect with nature and can teach them to appreciate the natural wildlife, plant life and the environment.



348 Catlins Valley Rd
Purakaunui 9586

Phone: +64 3 415 8583

Freephone: within NZ: 0800 RRRETREAT (0800 777 387)


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