Two beautiful designed cottages set in natural surrounds 

We have two cottages available to stay in at The Falls Retreat - Rose Cottage and Waterfall Cottage.

Both places are nestled in a natural bush setting with spectacular scenery, a real home away from home.

Prices are from $150 per night. To check availability please click HERE.

Families are welcome and you can even bring your dog!

Food created from the heart. Taste the difference.

The Bistro is a place where you experience quality food in a charming bistro style setting.

Award wining chef Brad King and his team create flavours and textures that you will remember for a long time. Take a look at our MENUS.

The Bistro is a cottage style building with an open kitchen so you can watch our chefs work their magic. The wood fired oven sits in the centre of the kitchen and is the heart of the business making sure everything is cooked to perfection. 

Welcoming families and friends, it’s the perfect place to eat, drink and stay a while.

Memories are made forever, celebrate in style.

We would love to help you celebrate at The Falls Retreat. We cater for many different functions from weddings, to birthday celebrations to christmas parties or work functions. 

Our stunning location and award winning chef makes The Falls Retreat the perfect combination. We have a wonderful team able to make you feel at home and if you want to make a weekend of it why not stay in one of our beautiful cottages. 

To find out more or to download our Wedding Brochure please complete the form below:

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Caring for our Environment 

Running a successful business today is not just about what food you put on the table it's just as important that the customer knows where that food has come from and what was used to produce it! That's why at The Falls Retreat we pride ourselves on using as much as we can from our gardens and have a paddock to plate ethos.

Brad and his team are passionate about serving up the freshest ingredients they can and that is why our menu changes with the seasons. Come and take a look around our gardens, visit our chickens and see if you can guess what is coming out of the garden next or even better why not sign up and take part in one of our gardening workshops.  

Leaving a Better Future For Our Kids

We understand the importance of family and the community around us and take it upon ourselves to embrace this in whatever way we can. We are very passionate about giving back to the earth and we try to run our business sustainably by reducing waste, having a large compost and recycling as much as we can. We also run a "Barter at the Bistro" scheme and get very excited when our neighbours bring us a crate of kumara in exchange for a meal for two!

We have a wonderful children's playground that includes a tree house fort, sandpit, swings and heaps of room just to run around and explore. We also have a seperate kids menu.

Our community are what makes the Falls Retreat so special so we treat our staff as family, our suppliers and neighbours as friends and our local schools come and experience the art of cooking too!

We would love to see you soon at our Bistro, but make sure you make a reservation.

 

Good things come in small packages so we have pulled together some for you to choose from. 

 

Romantic Getaway

There's nothing quite like a getaway in a secluded cottage, surrounded by native bush and birdlife.  Situated in the Karangahake Gorge, nature is literally on your doorstep.  Relax and stay indoors, walk down to the beautiful Owharoa Falls, or take a walk or ride along the riverbank trails - the choice is yours.

Based on 2 people and includes one night accommodation in either Rose Cottage or Waterfall Cabin PLUS:

  • Enjoy a beautiful bottle of Italian Prosecco on arrival!

  • Welcome hamper chocka full with house made treats. Perfect for enjoying a picnic at our romantic pagoda overlooking Owharoa Falls.

  • Delicious cooked breakfast delivered “room service style” to your cottage next morning. Includes Rocket Plunger Coffee and Tee Total Loose leaf tea

  • Luxury bath robes supplied

TOTAL $375 per couple.

Add an extra night for only $225

Options:

(Note: Extra costs apply)

  • Candlelit dinner in our award winning Bistro ... and you don’t have to worry about driving! Let us know what time suits.

  • Takeaway pizzas delivered to your cottage

  • Massages and pamper packages can be arranged in the comfort of your cottage.

  • Hire a bike and explore the Hauraki Rail Trail! Let us know if you would like us to organize this for you. From $40pp per day

 
 

Girls Getaway

Want something different for a girlfriend's birthday or a hen night? Get the girls together for a night of relaxation and pampering in Rose Cottage.

Based on 4 people and includes one night accommodation in Rose Cottage PLUS:

( Please note this is with 2 people sharing a queen bed. Alternatively Waterfall cabin can be hired for an extra $150 per night)

  • A bottle of sparkling Italian Prosecco on arrival with the girls!

  • Welcome hamper chocka full of house made nibbles, cheeses and sweet treats!

  • Delicious continental breakfast basket filled home goodies such as freshly baked bread, home made muesli, jams and preserves, seasonal fruit

  • 4 luxury bath robes supplied for chilling out and pampering

TOTAL $400

Add an extra night for only $200

Options:

(Note: Extra costs apply)

  • Dinner in our Bistro ... and you don’t have to worry about driving!

  • Takeaway pizzas delivered to your cottage while you enjoy DVDs. Enjoy our selection of chick flicks or bring your own!

  • Massages and pamper packages can be arranged in the comfort of your cottage.

  • Hire a bike and explore the Hauraki Rail Trail! Let us know if you would like us to organize this for you.

 
 
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Guys (or Gals!) Outdoor Experience

Get the guys (or gals!) together for a weekend of outdoor fun in the stunning Karangahake Gorge. Everything from wine tasting, trout fishing, stunning scenery and amazing tramping is all on your doorstep here at The Falls Retreat. The Windows Walk through old mining tunnels and past gold mine relics is a not to be missed, relatively easy 45 minute walk. Located along the Hauraki Rail Trail, we are the perfect setting for a relaxing weekend getting back to nature and enjoying good food and drinks!

Based on 4 people and includes one night accommodation in both Rose Cottage and Waterfall Cabin (all separate beds in 2 cottages) PLUS:

  • 2 x 900ml Squealers of Good George Craft Beer on arrival

  • Delicious cooked breakfast delivered “room service style” to your cottage. Includes Rocket plunger coffee and Tee Total loose leaf tea.

  • One day bike hire for 4 people - the bikes will be ready for your arrival at The Falls Retreat. Feel free to arrive early and make the most of your day! The Rail Trail runs literally along the bottom of our driveway giving you the opportunity to ride towards either Waihi or Paeroa and enjoy the stunning scenery in both directions. Click HERE for further details of the Hauraki Rail Trail.

  • Fly fishing equipment ( 2 x rods, tackle box and maps). Please note that a license is required. Click HERE to purchase on-line

TOTAL $700 ($175 each)

Add an extra night with 4 x cooked breakfast for only $450

 
 
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Foodie Experience

If you enjoy good food then this package is for you! Here at The Falls Retreat we pride ourselves in our paddock to plate ethos, where we use fresh seasonal produce from our kitchen gardens to create our own range of seasonal Pantry items plus award winning dishes in our Bistro. With this experience you can enjoy our warm and relaxed hospitality This is your opportunity to enjoy our relaxing environment and experience a personalised tour of the kitchen gardens, tasting ingredients and learning how we use fresh seasonal produce to create mouthwatering dishes. Followed by a sumptuous 3 x course lunch, this is an opportunity not to be missed!

Based on 2 people and includes one night accommodation in either Rose Cottage or Waterfall Cabin.

  • Bottle of sparkling Italian Prosecco on arrival

  • Welcome hamper showcasing our best house made produce! Includes house made chutneys & pickles, regional cheeses, house smoked salmon, freshly picked salad from our kitchen gardens and house made sweet treats

Following day:

  • Delicious cooked breakfast delivered to your cottage. Includes Rocket plunger coffee and Tee Total loose leaf tea.

  • Late check out at 11.30am

  • Personalised Gather Experience for 2 people - A 'Paddock to Plate’ experience in our gardens with the opportunity to gather and taste ingredients and learn how we use a variety of fresh seasonal produce harvested from our gardens

  • 12.30pm - Relax and enjoy a 3 course seasonal lunch in the Bistro including a delicious house made soda

TOTAL $550

 
 

Hauraki Rail Trail Package

Karangahake Gorge is the jewel in the crown of the Hauraki Rail Trail. The Falls Retreat is ideally located to explore as the Rail Trail runs literally along the bottom of our driveway, giving you the opportunity to cycle either direction. Heading towards Paeroa takes you through the stunning Karangahake Gorge and through an old mining tunnel ( 1km long!) giving you the opportunity to do a loop back and ride back. Alternatively, you can follow the meandering river towards Waihi, over swing bridges and enjoy a ride back on the Goldfields Vintage Railway ( which will also take your bike on the open carriage). Click HERE for their timetable.

Or why not just rest your weary legs and enjoy our fantastic food and hospitality before embarking on the next leg of your trail.

Based on 2 people and includes one night accommodation in either Rose Cottage or Waterfall Cabin.

  • Delicious continental breakfast chock full with home goodies such as freshly baked bread, home made muesli, jams and preserves, seasonal fruit.

  • One day bike hire for 2 people. Bikes will be delivered and ready for your arrival at The Falls Retreat. Feel free to arrive early and make the most of your day! The Rail Trail runs literally along the bottom of our driveway giving you the opportunity to ride towards either Waihi or Paeroa and enjoy the stunning scenery in both directions. Click HERE for further details of the Hauraki Rail Trail.

  • House made picnic with backpack for your Rail Trail ride.

TOTAL $300

Add an extra night for $175

Come and join us for one of our courses.

Our gardening courses have been designed to give you top tips and a heap of knowledge to get your garden looking amazing this year. Click the boxes below to find out more details on each course and remember to book in quick as places are limited.

Workshops @ The Falls Retreat

Our workshops are designed for both amateurs and the experienced gardener looking for some great tips for your garden or even foodies wanting to experience the paddock to plate ethos of The Falls Retreat.  Run by our gardening guru, Nicki Murray-Orr, who has a wealth of experience and knowledge in all things gardening! Each course is fun and offers an interactive workshop in the garden followed by an informal meal in our rustic Bistro barn. 

What’s included:

Morning tea on arrival – giving everyone a chance to have a chat and get to know each other

Interactive session in the garden

Light lunch - gourmet wood fired pizzas and salads shared in our rustic barn. Includes glass of house wine, house beer or home made soda

What to bring:

Gum boots or suitable footwear

Raincoat in case of inclement weather

Sense of humour....

 

BOOKING ARE ESSENTIAL

Maximum of 20 people.