Rivers Edge - Ruru Tent

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Rivers Edge - Ruru Tent

Martinborough

River's Edge Retreat is unique accommodation set in the Ruakokoputuna Valley, just out of Wairarapa wine village, Martinborough and right in the centre of the Wairarapa's new Dark Sky Reserve.

River's Edge has two separate luxury tents on the property both positioned in different private spots on the edge of a quiet, tree-lined river that runs through the farm. This listing is for Ruru Tent, the original tent at River's Edge Retreat. The second tent on the property is known as Te Awa Tent.

The front of the tent has a large glass frontage, offering a beautiful riverside view.

With touches of recycled timber, luxurious textiles and an old chandelier, the tent interior has a rustic chic glamping vibe. A king-sized bed, deer hides, large vintage leather sofa and a wood burner stove come together to create a warm, comfortable, relaxing space - summer or winter.

The tent has an ensuite bathroom with piping hot water and flushing toilet. A second doorway leads to a small but functional kitchenette.

River's Edge is the best kind of luxury accommodation. It's the ideal place for those looking to enjoy a weekend escape, celebrate an anniversary, or relax with a post-wedding wind-down. Breathe the country air and immerse yourself in nature. Soak in the outdoor bath overlooking the river and countryside. Enjoy the pleasure of a glass of good Martinborough Pinot while dining al fresco under the stars. Relax in your plush, comfortable king-size bed and let the sound of the river lull you to sleep...Bliss.

FROM $295 p/n

  • Sleeps 2

Make sure you download or print this handy info sheet with directions and host contact details prior to your journey. You may not have mobile reception at all times.

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239 Ruakokopatuna Road, Martinborough 5781 (Note this address is the entrance to the glamping accommodation. Rivers Edge Ruru Tent has a self-check-in procedure so you'll need to follow the directions below to get to this address and find Ruru Tent on the property)

Your hosts are located at  307 Ruakokoputuna Road, Martinborough 5781.

directions to ruru tent at Rivers Edge Ruru Tent
 

Rivers Edge Ruru Tent is a 1 1/2 hour drive from Wellington and 45 minutes from Masterton.  

  1. Head into the Martinborough town centre.
  2. Take the Jellico Street exit from Martinborough Square. Head out of town and turn left at White Rock Road (approximately 2 minutes from Martinborough Square).
  3. Drive approximately 8km down White Rock Road, turn right onto Ruakokopatuna Road. 
  4. Drive approximately 2.3 km down Ruakokopatuna Road (a gravel road).   
  5. Turn left at 239 Ruakokopatuna Road and drive down to and across the bridge. Please note that there will be other vehicles including farm machinery and stock using the track to the tents so please drive slowly and cautiously. Stay on the gravel tracks at all times and follow the Canopy Camping signs. If you find any gates closed, please close them again behind you. Ensure you move any larger rocks that have rolled onto the track, rather than driving over them, to avoid car damage!
  6. After the bridge, the track forks, take the track to the right and drive up the hill to the gate by the small green water tank. Go through this gate.
  7. Take the track to the right which goes down the hill (do not take the track to the left which is dangerous).
  8. Drive to the bottom of the hill to the old hay shed and follow the track to the right (do not turn left at the quarry as this takes you to Te Awa Tent). The track will take you to a gate with the sign Ruru Tent. You've arrived!

Rivers Edge - Ruru Tent

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Rivers Edge Ruru Tent is self-catering. Just bring your own food and drink, and cook meals using the BBQ and gas ring provided in your private camp kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need. 

    If you feel like a meal out, check out the fantastic cafes and restaurants in nearby Martinborough as there are plenty to choose from.

    The nearest store for stocking up on food and supplies is in Martinborough, a 10-minute drive away.

  • Things To Do

    Rest and rejuvenation are what a stay at Rivers Edge Ruru Tent is all about. Relax at your tent and watch the changing light on the river directly in front of your tent. Watch the mist lift from the valley in the morning. Take a long hot soak in the outdoor bath or lounge in a hammock with a good book. Connect over a board game or a game of cards.

    If you want to get out and about, take a tour of the Martinborough vineyards. There is also Lake Ferry and Camp Palliser which make for an epic scenic drive. Stop on the way at The Land Girl cafe in Pirinoa for hot coffee and a bite to eat.

    Visit Wairarapa's version of stonehenge near Martinborough, a NZ interpretation of the famous English landmark. Patuna Farm just up the road, has the amazing Patuna Chasm walk - a nature walk and limestone gorge.

  • Your Hosts

    Matt and Nicki Thomas are the owners and hosts of Rivers Edge, located on Llandrindod Farm, a sheep and beef farm owned and farmed by Matt’s father Rex.

    Matt grew up at Llandrindod while Nicki grew up in Karaka, rural Auckland. After returning to NZ from their OE adventures, Matt brought Nicki back to the Ruakokopatuna Valley where they settled with their two sons, Ben and Henry. Many summers have been spent enjoying the river and the natural beauty of the area.

    Glamping was seen as the perfect opportunity to share the natural environment of the farm while providing a unique and luxurious style of accommodation. Having visitor accommodation close to home fits perfectly with the family’s busy lives. On top of keeping up with their children’s extra-curricular activities, Matt has his own farming operation and agricultural contracting business, while Nicki has a criminology and law degree. Developing both Rivers Edge Ruru Tent and Te Awa Tent has been an exciting experience, with Nicki thoroughly enjoying putting together all the interior details.

    Both Nicki and Matt think that Martinborough, especially Ruakokopatuna is a pretty special place - and delight in sharing it with guests.

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