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“Absolute Perfection”
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Afternoon sun looking towards Coromandel peninsula.Mount Kakepuku in foreground.
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Afternoon sun looking towards Coromandel peninsula.Mount Kakepuku in foreground.
Sunrise over Tongariro National Park. Interior of Rock Retreat.Queen bed with loft above.
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29 reviews
Afternoon sun looking towards Coromandel peninsula.Mount Kakepuku in foreground.
Sunrise over Tongariro National Park.
Interior of Rock Retreat.Queen bed with loft above.
Nestled in amongst native bush.
Undercover living area on deck with bbq.Perfect spot to listen to the birds  with a glass of wine.
Misty mountains below Mt Hauturu.
Nikau palm grove with Rock Retreat.
Afternoon sun looking towards Mt Kakepuku and Maungatautari.
Sunsetting over the Hauturu hills.
Limestone rock outcrops.Just a few of many that can be explored at Rock Retreat.
Rustic charm.
Southern Skies
Early morning wake up.Sunrise over Tongariro National Park.
Beautiful walking tracks right at your doorstep.
Queen bed in main area.
Two single beds in open loft above main area.
Fall asleep with a cosy wood fire on a cold winters night.
Hot Summer days at Rock Retreat.
Rocky sunsets.
Ensuite with bath,shower and washing machine.
Entrance to Rock Retreat.
Typical views from Rock Retreat.
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Private Room, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Waitomo Caves, Waikato Region, North Island

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Excellent - based on 29 reviews
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Carly M
Cairns, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Absolute Perfection ”
Reviewed 23 August 2017 for a stay in July 2017

Hey Biddy! Like typical twenty something's (very late twenties I might add) we didnt have a pen on us to write in the guest book. Rock Retreat is an absolute slice of heaven and I wish we had booked an extra night. It was so lovely to not have a tv and spend the night by the fire playing board games and laughing about our inability to guess NZ logos! We really want to find "Watties" on our adventures today! Thank you so much for the stunning view and the beautifully laid out cottage. We hope to come back someday with our son so he can enjoy it with us. Carly & Fred - the Far North Queensland Newlyweds x

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Management Response
24 Aug 2017
Thanks Carly.It is always a pleasure hosting people like yourselves who really appreciate the tranquil setting of Rock Retreat.We would love to see you in the future.
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Bloss Lou...
2 reviews
“Rock Retreat”
Reviewed 2 August 2017 for a stay in July 2017

A stunning setting with a comfy home..certainly recommend itWe only had a short stay (wish it had been longer) Waitimo caves just down the road agsin worth a visit.

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Management Response
2 Aug 2017
Lovely meeting you and your family.Glad you enjoyed your stay. Enjoy the rest of your time in New Zealand.
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LIESEL W
1 review
“Absolutely awesome!”
Reviewed 25 April 2017 for a stay in April 2017

If you are planning a trip to Waitomo or its surrounding area there is no better place than Rock Retreat to base yourself. The accommodation is a perfect mix of comfort and cuteness with the most amazing views. We absolutely loved our stay and the kids really enjoyed their lofty sleeping quarters. What really makes this stay fabulous though is the hosts - Biddy and Rich are friendly, helpful and respectful of your privacy. Our stay was truly absolutely awesome!!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
30 Apr 2017
Thanks Liesel.It was an absolute pleasure having you stay and thanks again for choosing Rock retreat as part of your waitomo experience.
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OrlandoMa...
Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Lovely accommodation ”
Reviewed 21 April 2017 for a stay in February 2017

It was a 10 minute drive from waitomo to this lovely little retreat. Our GPS stopped working the minute we arrived in Waitomo (not sure why) but we stopped to check the directions from biddy at the i-site and found it easily.

You could tell a lot of care had been put into the retreat and we enjoyed the breakfast - homemade jams and yoghurt. Plus the milk and butter seemed to be from a local farm too. We ate it all before heading to black water rafting!

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Jonathan...
White Pine, Tennessee
Level 6 Contributor
63 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“So Peaceful and Quiet with Great Views”
Reviewed 3 April 2017 for a stay in February 2017

We loved this place. It really gave us a sense of home being so peaceful and quiet with great views of the rolling green hills and mountains with only the sounds of birds, sheep and the wind breaking the silence. We stayed only one night but wish it had been at least one more. We stayed here at the recommendation of friends and it was our first day and night in New Zealand. What a way to begin our first night of 3 weeks in the country. The owner and host Biddy was very gracious and very helpful with what to do and see in the area and even made reservations for us at the caves and for dinner.

The cottage is a quaint studio type country cottage with a loft sleeping area for the kids or extra guests. It has a great deck where we enjoyed the sunset and sunrise. Nice bed and bathroom also had clothes washer. Secluded but still just 10 minutes from the village. Breakfast was good especially the homemade yogurt and jam. They have a wonderful property you can walk around and explore and even meet the sheep. I would highly recommend and will definitely return.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
4 Apr 2017
Thanks Jonathan.It was lovely meeting you both.We would love to see you again sometime in the future.
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