Many seasons to visit, every reason to stay
Somewhere between Nelson and Christchurch, in the heart of the South Island of New Zealand, an extraordinary retreat is being created. What once was a luxury fishing lodge is undergoing an inspiring transformation into a whole new travel experience.
“Maruia” (ma-roo-ee-ah) – Maori, adj. meaning “sheltered or shaded”
Taking its name from the stunning river valley it is nestled in, the Maruia River Retreat lies at the heart of an extensive natural estate encompassing a pristine native Beech forest, long-established gardens, walking trails and terraced paddocks in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island.
Situated along the river and protected by mountains to both the east and west creating its own micro-climate, Maruia is a tranquil and pure place, providing a haven for you to relax, reconnect, explore and celebrate.
Maruia provides an exquisite natural environment for guests to disconnect from everyday life by reconnecting with nature. Wander through the extensive organic gardens, hike through the majestic native Beech forest or bathe in the pure, flowing river. To those inclined, fishing and rafting guides are available by arrangement.
Spend time to replenish. Wind-down with a glass of wine from the region and partake in delicious cuisine showcasing the best ingredients in the world, all sourced as locally as possible. Treat yourself further to a rejuvenating massage or relaxing spa treatment, or just snuggle in and enjoy a hot drink by the Lodge fireplace or in your cosy cabin.
Awaken the senses with exciting adventure activities including mountain biking and walking the onsite and offsite tracks (both the Braeburn and Lyell track are within easy reach of the Lodge). Experience kayaking and white-water rafting on the any of the four rivers that run through the area.
At its essence, Maruia is an incredible place for the human spirit; ideal for cultivating inspiration, motivation, connection and togetherness. Whether you are seeking solace to evoke creativity and knowledge, wishing to join or lead workshops and organised classes, or require a group escape for team building and training — Maruia provides the perfect base. For those extra special few, the retreat will be accepting a limited amount of wedding or partnership ceremonies.
The HEART OF MARUIA
The beautiful main Lodge is undergoing a full refurbishment, with impeccable attention to detail and carefully considered design led by EDITO.
The Lodge is being designed as the centre of the Maruia experience, providing a base for gathering, relaxing and dining during your stay. Enjoy simple fresh, wholesome food prepared in our gourmet kitchen, at either the dining room or the 4-season outdoor room, where you’re invited to relax all day long. Cosy up or wind down in the warm, open space of the contemporary lounge and bar, whether its for a morning coffee or sampling local wines and craft beers on offer.
The seasons shape the Maruia experience, as the nature of the valley and estate wonderfully changes throughout the year. The lodgings, cuisine and special events and offers also constantly change to suit the season. This ensures that each visit will be both unique and fulfilling. We will soon be publishing our first season’s offering. Sign-up to our newsletter for updates.
Travel with a Purpose
Whether it’s yoga training, writer’s workshops or corporate planning camps, Maruia will be host to numerous organised events. In the middle of nowhere and everywhere, the retreat allows access to many of the top of the South’s best attractions, while allowing multiple arrival and departure options, including through charter plane or helicopter landing on the onsite airstrip. Maruia is a rare treasure in a unique location. Contact us to learn more about organising your own bespoke retreat or event at Maruia.
Our contemporary renovations will form a carefully considered backdrop for our ethos of simple, fresh, essential basics executed with true attention to detail. Providing food, fire, shelter, water, exercise, pure clean air, and comfort, Maruia offers all the ingredients for a perfect retreat.