Welcome to River Garden Retreat

A Boutique Bed and Breakfast Overlooking the picturesque Buller River just 8 minutes from Westport on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand

River Garden Retreat is a family-run bed and breakfast, surrounded by extensive gardens that overlook the majestic Buller River (Kawatiri). We have picturesque views of the expansive garden, flowing into the native bush that extends to the waters edge along the mighty river.

At the entrance of River Garden Retreat, there are views up to the majestic Paparoa Range. There are easily accessible walks by following creek beds and ridges to the mountain tops to view the surrounding bush and seas of the Buller region. Pitch a tent around deep alpine moss and breath taking views. Sleep by the tarns sheltered by towering rock outcrops.

Your Kiwi Hosts:

Your Kiwi hosts Kathleen and Jim were born and bred in the area, having always lived not far from the banks of the Buller River. For many years they have enjoyed sharing their passion and knowledge of the local area, environment, history and culture with visitors from all over the world, through their tutoring/guiding and involvement with NZ Mountain Safety and other outdoor pursuits.

Accommodation Options:

With picturesque views of the expansive garden, looking over native bush and beyond, down to the mighty river and up to the surrounding mountains, the contemporary four star guest wing comprises three king-size ensuite bedrooms, (one with disability access). There is also one double guest bedroom attached to the house that has a bathroom-ensuite and private lounge looking onto a fernery courtyard.  All rooms access onto the covered verandah walkway to the dining room.

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Guests are offered both continental and cooked breakfasts. All meals are served in the spacious lounge/dining room of the house (shown in the photo), with panoramic views of the garden and the river beyond while you sit and enjoy your food.


On request a homely evening meal served with New Zealand wine can be arranged.

Wedding Venue

Weddings & Functions

The River Garden Retreat is the perfect venue to hold your next function from weddings to company retreats. We have a wide variety of packages…

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