Your Hosts: Karenlee & Kerry O’Reilly
As owners of River Retreat we look forward to meeting new guests and welcoming returning guests.
River Retreat is approximately two acres and runs from Puketona Road down to the banks of the Waitangi River.
Our pavilion style home surrounded by native plantings to en-courage bird life is designed to take full advantage of this magical riverside setting.
These purpose built pavilion are linked to the main house by a covered glass walkway.
Each room has its own entrance and deck. We are pleased to offer a complimentary continental or cooked breakfast to suit your tastes.
A BBQ is available for guest use.
Explore the many features of Northland, the Bay of Islands to Cape Reinga.
We look forward to making your holiday in the beautiful Bay of Islands a memorable one.
River Retreat Update 2018
This will be our third summer in the Bay of islands. During our winter closure we got to celebrate a lot of things with my family back in Australia, most of all it was Kerry’s and my 25th Wedding Anniversary in June and we had a chance to catch up with friends and family, there was also a 70th ,18th, 21st and 40th to celebrate: wow: a very busy time but enjoyable.
Once again during our summer we had the most amazing guests stay with us, we have been so lucky to have new guests, returning guest and others that recommended us for which we are truly thankful. What was nice was some of our guests stayed around during the late afternoons and evenings to enjoy what we have in our grounds whether they just sat on the patio with a glass of wine or wandered thru the grounds to some of the other seating areas which are offered to guests.
Guest staying at River Retreat can look forward to a tranquil stay, our rooms offer comfort and space and we do try to make breakfast a bit of a surprise. We look forward to next summer as Kerry is retiring from international work and will be here all the time which will make running River Retreat a lot easier for me.
River Retreat Update 2017
Well we have survived our first summer in the Bay of Islands, to say it was busier than we thought it would be, is an understatement and I would like to take the time to thank all of our overseas & New Zealand guests who came to visit us during that time, it was wonderful to meet all of you and we hope to see you again.
What will happen for us this season is a mystery still to happen, but we look forward to the coming season and to the new guests we are yet to meet as well as some returning to enjoy Bay of Islands.
My wonderful hard working husband has created a fantastic crushed shell and timber pathway that will allow easier access to our little seating area.
While staying with us one of our guests did a photo shoot and these are some of his photos that he sent to us that we would like to share with you.