Rivers Edge - Te Awa Tent

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Rivers Edge - Te Awa Tent


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 Te Awa Tent, the most recent addition to River's Edge Retreat. The original tent at River's Edge is Ruru Tent.

The front of the tent has a large glass frontage, offering a beautiful river-side view. Te Awa Tent is tastefully decorated, with luxurious textiles, leather and hide features - a touch of old world charm with a modern twist.

A wood-burning stove creates a warm, comfortable, relaxing space - summer or winter.

The tent has an ensuite bathroom with piping hot water and a 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 listen to the sound of the river lull you to sleep...Bliss.

FROM $295 p/n

  • Sleeps 2

A $50 Single Night Surcharge applies on top of the nightly rate when booking a single night. You will need to add this charge during the booking process. The calendar below will specify where one-night bookings are allowed.

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.


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

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

directions to Te Awa Tent

River's Edge 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 the 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 on to 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 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 down to the quarry, at this point there is signage for Te Awa tent pointing left.  Take the track on the left.
  9. Drive on this track towards the small shed, here is a sharp turn to the right.  Please take this bend slowly and cautiously, check to make sure no rocks have fallen on the track before proceeding down the hill.
  10. At the bottom of the hill follow the track which will take you to the tent gate with the sign "Te Awa Tent". Do not leave the track at any time, there are markers along the way to guide you.

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  • Eating and Drinking

    If you'd like to self-cater, River's Edge has all the facilities you need. Just bring your own food and cook meals using the BBQ and equipment provided in your private camp kitchen. You'll find cutlery, crockery, pots and pans, and utensils. 

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

    The nearest place for supplies is Martinborough, a 10-minute drive away. 

  • Things to do

    Rest and rejuvenation is what a stay at River's Edge Retreat 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 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.

    There's lots to offer guests in the region too! If you want to get out and about - take a tour of the Martinborough vineyards. Lake Ferry and Camp Palliser are perfect for a scenic drive. Stop on the way at The Land Girl cafe in Pirinoa for fab 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 Retreat, 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 have settled with their two sons, Ben and Henry. Many summers have been spent enjoying the river and 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 the campsites at River's Edge 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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