Maruia River Retreat is an extensive natural estate of 200 hectares of gardens, fields, native beech forests, mountains, and terraces, all alongside the magnificent Maruia River. The entire property is traversed by 5 creeks and is home to wild deer, goats, pigs as well as numerous native bird species. The estate also has a 480 meter airstrip as well as a helicopter landing area.



Established over 40 years, the Maruia gardens are expertly maintained and manicured, creating a visual and sensual delight for visitors and enthusiasts all year round. The garden features gentle sloping lawns surrounded by exotic and native flora and fauna, a fruit orchard and organic kitchen-garden filled with delicious, fresh seasonal produce, and vast open fields following the edge of the rambling river.

To book an inspiring and engaging private garden tour, enquire here.



The estate is fronted by the Maruia River, which runs for over a kilometre at the very doorstep of our property. Swim in crystal-clear waters just a stone’s throw from your room, or uplift your senses with a kayaking or rafting adventure.

The Maruia River is known worldwide for its trout fishing, with one of the best spots in NZ right at the property itself. For more about trout fishing in Maruia or to book a trout fishing guide, enquire here.

Contact us for advice and help on arranging kayaking or rafting expeditions.



We are constantly developing our walking tracks to open an ever-increasing amount of terrain for you to enjoy and explore. Sign-up to our newsletter for updates.



Murchison and the Tasman region are known for their many adventure tourism options on offer. Murchison is famous for its kayak training school, considered by many to be the best in the world. Numerous action sports from mountain biking, kayaking, white-water rafting, the Buller Swing Bridge, the Buller Jet boat, as well as helicopter and airplane tours are within a few minute drive and pickups can be arranged directly from the Lodge.

Both the Braeburn and Lyell tracks are accessible from the Lodge. More information on these Great Walks of NZ here.