56. Luxuriate in nature at a tranquil riverside retreat
Live up luxury in New Zealand with its architectural masterpieces in the wildest of locations and five-star retreats with serious eco credentials: here is No. 56 of our 101 Reasons To Stop Dreaming About New Zealand And Go.
Luxuriate in all things pertaining to nature and wellbeing at this tranquil riverside spot, where an elevated offering of life’s essential ingredients – food, fire, shelter, water, exercise, pure air and comfort – conspire to make this the ultimate retreat. You’ll find Maruia River Retreat on the banks of its namesake river between Nelson and Christchurch/Ōtautahi in the South Island/Te Waipounamu’s inner West Coast/Te Tai o Poutini region, secluded within a 200-hectare nature estate of beech forest, mountains, gardens and terraced paddocks.
Bed down in one of seven lovely villas, each appointed with king-size beds and luxury linen rendered in a palette of understated earthy tones. From this sweet spot you can relax, restore and recharge with everything from yoga to spa treatments to forest bathing and nature therapy. Or go on bush, river and bird walks, fly-fishing and more. The cuisine at Maruia River Retreat also takes its inspiration from the ever-changing nature of the surrounding valley.