Accommodation that you want to live in and return time and time again.


We have 2 different types of accommodation at The Falls Retreat, both set in beautiful natural woodland and within a 2 minute walk to our award winning Bistro!

We pride ourselves on being a family friendly establishment and kids up to the age of 5 can stay for free! We have a portacot available on request and a fantastic kids playground -  we are also happy to welcome dogs with advance notice! 


We have two rates for an overnight stay based on 2 adults sharing the cottage:

Standard breakfast (continental self serve) from $150 per night

Cooked breakfast available on request (served in the comfort of your cottage) from $200 per night

We also have some very popular packages that include the Hauraki Rail Trail, a Romantic Getaway or a Girls Weekend. Click HERE to view.



Rose Cottage is the perfect getaway, a real home away from home. So escape the busy and relax.


Located next to the main house and set on two levels, Rose Cottage offers charming, country style accommodation. The A-frame bedroom is upstairs, tastefully furnished with an inviting queen size bed for complete rest and relaxation.

Downstairs is the ensuite bathroom and a cosy lounge fitted with a log fire and a pull out couch to accommodate extra guests. An adjoining kitchenette includes a fridge, a mini oven with hot plate and washing up sink.

The French windows open out to a patio area with outdoor furniture to enjoy the long Summer evenings.

Rose Cottage is fully equipped with all crockery and utensils for up to 4 people. You will also find a TV/DVD player and the small library offers a selection of books and magazines. All bed linen and towels will be supplied, and a delicious continental breakfast offered to you as standard.


If you are yearning for some peace and natural beauty then look no further.


This quaint little cottage is a nature lovers haven and is perfect for getting away from it all! It has been designed with the "tiny house" ethos in mind with an amazing view of the falls, an outdoor bath and a cosy mezzanine bedroom.

Everything about it screams character,  so if you are looking for a glamping style, natural retreat then come and experience it.

The cottage also has an ensuite bathroom with shower and WC. There is a kettle and toaster so you can enjoy our complimentary home-made breakfast basket and take in the peace and tranquility. 

The bedroom is on the mezzanine and is accessed via a ladder. Please note the L shape seat can also be turned into a small double bed for those not able to climb)

Suitable for couples on a romantic getaway.


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.

  • Two night's accommodation in Waterfall Cabin or Rose Cottage with full cooked breakfast.
  • Welcome hamper on arrival - enjoy a romantic picnic in our pagoda overlooking Owharoa Falls.
  • Candlelit dinner for two in our Bistro on night of your choice (to the value of $100).

The cost is from $550 per couple.

SPECIAL OFFER: Stay a 3rd night for just an extra $100 (breakfast not included).


Hauraki Rail Trail

Karangahake Gorge is the jewel in the crown of the Hauraki Rail Trail and it's worth staying an extra night to explore everything this area has to offer.

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. Take a look at this video all about the rail trail and see our chef Brad in action!

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

The costs are: 

Standard breakfast (continental self serve) from $150 per night

Cooked breakfast available on request (served in the comfort of your cottage) from $200 per night


With our rail trail deal....

Stay with us for 2 nights and get your 3rd night for just $100NZD.
(based on 2 adults sharing, breakfast not included on 3rd night)

Please note: Not applicable during NZ school holidays or public holidays.


Girls Getaway

Want something different for a girlfriend's birthday? or maybe a Hen's weekend?

  • One night’s self-contained, shared accommodation in Rose Cottage including a delicious homemade continental breakfast
  • Welcome hamper including cheese and nibbles, bottle of wine (choose red or white) and sweet treats.

from $300 for 4 adults in Rose Cottage ($75 per person).
from $480 for 6 adults in both cottages ($80 per person).



(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.
  • 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.

Simply type in your dates and check!


It's really easy to make a booking so please use our on-line booking system and see what times we have availability...


The Karangahake Gorge has so many things to see and do with or without the kids.


When we get asked "What is there to do in the area?" we find ourselves smiling. The main reason for this smile is because this area has so much to offer that people are often surprised. The other is the fact that the gorge has managed to stay somewhat of a hidden treasure to most of NZ, so when it is discovered it is never forgotten.

The main attraction is the HAURAKI RAIL TRAIL. This cycle pathway runs from Paeroa to Waihi and conveniently runs along the bottom of our doorstep, which means you can cycle either way. 

The route to Paeroa takes in the dramatic scenery of the gorge with it's waterfalls and rapids, the local winery and of course the tunnels and bridges.

The route to Waihi is more of a rural cycle ride taking in the countryside. It is very picturesque and peaceful. You can even cycle to Waihi and then get the train back!

Both routes take about an hour one way so plenty of time to take in the scenery and delicious food we have on offer. To find out more watch this Hauraki Rail Trail Video or for more details CLICK HERE


There are lots of other activities to get involved in if cycling is not your thing. Here are a few suggestions: