Welcome to Maruia River Retreat,



Somewhere between Nelson and Christchurch, in the heart of the South Island of New Zealand, an extraordinary retreat has come to life.

What once was a luxury fishing lodge has undergone an inspiring transformation into a whole new travel experience.


Welcome to Maruia River Retreat.

Situated along the magnificent Maruia River and protected by mountains from the east and west, the Maruia River Retreat is a stunning boutique lodge where guests can relax, reconnect, explore and celebrate.  

With only 7 luxury villas within a 500-acre nature estate, guests are welcomed with a sense of being far away from the clutter of everyday life, and invited to find shelter at the core of what is truly beautiful and peaceful.

“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 at the top of New Zealand’s breathtaking South Island.  

The Maruia River Retreat is a convenient 2-hour scenic drive from Nelson, 3 hours from Christchurch and right in the center of New Zealand. Truly in the middle of nowhere, yet in the center of everything wonderful that New Zealand has to offer.  


Our philosophy

At its essence, Maruia is an incredible place for the human spirit; ideal for cultivating inspiration, motivation, connection and togetherness. The complete Maruia experience invites visitors to dine on gourmet meals, admire the outstanding views and rest in the privacy and comfort of self-contained villas; elements that are shaped by the changing seasons. The refurbished luxury villas are beautifully designed with a thoughtfully appointed minimalist approach, reflecting our ethos of simple and essential basics executed with fine attention to detail.

We invite you to discover Maruia.



The Main Lodge is designed to be at the heart of the Maruia experience, providing a base for gathering, relaxing and dining to guests during their stay. The former luxury fishing lodge has undergone a full refurbishment, with impeccable attention to detail and carefully considered design led by a leading local furniture and design company, creating a space for modern-day comfort.

Guests are invited to enjoy fresh, wholesome, locavore food prepared in our gourmet kitchen in either the dining room or the 4-Season outdoor room where they are able to relax and linger as they please. The open space of the contemporary lounge and bar is a welcoming spot for a morning coffee or to sample the local wines and craft beers on offer. 

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Reconnect with nature and wander through the extensive organic gardens, hike through the majestic native beech forest or bathe in the pure, flowing Maruia river within steps from your private villa. To those inclined, fishing and rafting guides are available by arrangement.

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Nourish yourself with simple and delicious cuisine from our own organic garden and the best local ingredients and produce that the region has to offer. Wind-down with a glass of wine, rejuvenate with a spa treatment, take a yoga class or rest deeply in your cosy villa.  

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Awaken the senses with outdoor adventures including mountain biking, kayaking or white-water rafting.  Trek the popular offsite tracks such as the Braeburn and Lyell tracks or visit the Maruia Falls and the Buller Gorge that are within easy reach of Maruia.  

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Whether you are seeking solace to evoke creativity and knowledge, joining or leading workshops and organised classes, or searching for a group escape for team building and training — Maruia provides the perfect base for intimate gatherings and corporate retreats.