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Mairenui Rural Retreat

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Please note that this guide was last updated a few years ago (2009), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Sue, David & Matt Sweet & Leonie Taylor
1019 Ruahine Road, Mangaweka, RD54, Kimbolton, Wanganui and Manawatu

Tel: + 64 (0)6-382-5564
Cell: + 64 (0)27-451-7545
Fax: + 64 (0)6-382-5564

Sweet land, indeed… a real hideaway in wild country, where a 200-foot gorge crumbles into the river below and cars pass by at the rate of one an hour. The Sweets farm the land as far as you can see on their side of the river and when David’s father returned from Palestine in 1921, he built a rope-bridge across the gorge that still survives today.....

.... The views are inspiring, and exploring the Rangitikei River, the green sheep-mown hills, gorges and white cliffs of the area is irresistible. Mairenui is a way of life for Sue and David, not a slick business, and every crumbling outbuilding, painting or antique car has a story and a reason to be here. The land has not been overly manicured, just allowed to follow its nose. I saw a huge bush of never-pruned wild lavender, a willow bathing its branches in the lily pond, orchids growing from the tops of trees, wild turkeys strutting in the fields. You can stay in various places: the house, for traditional farmhouse B&B; the extraordinary architect-designed retreat with its awesome views of ridge and peak; or a cottage across the road surrounded by a ha-ha to keep the horses at bay. You’re free to help on the farm, chop the wood, take to the hills. David and Sue are fabulous, well-travelled, humorous hosts, dinners at the homestead great fun. This is one of the great places to stay in New Zealand. [i/]French and German spoken, golf and world-class fly fishing nearby. [i/]

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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    Children Welcome    Working Farm    Meals Can Be Provided    Swimming in Pool/Sea/River    Good Hiking or Walking    Fishing    Fully Child-friendly    Self-catering Option    Owners are Garden Enthusiasts    Horses available    Gourmet Cuisine Available    Canoeing    Historic House    History Tours    Bird-watching Enthusiasts    White-water Rafting    
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Rooms: The retreat sleeps 6 with bath and shower. 1 cottage (sleeps 10) with bath and shower. In house: 1 double with bath and shower; 1 twin/king with en/s shower.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full breakfast included if staying in the house. Breakfast provided at homestead for others $10 - $15 pp. 3-course dinner by arrangement $45 - $60 pp.
Directions: South for Mangaweka on SH1. Just before town sign, left for Rangiwahia on Ruahine Road. Down hill, over bridge, straight on along side of gorge for 9km and signed half way up hill on L.

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