Raetihi Lodge


⏰ 0:00 - 24:00

🌏 7124 Kenepuru Road Double Bay, Kenepuru Sound, 7282 New Zealand (View map)

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Room type

  • Mountain view

  • Ocean view

  • Non-smoking rooms

  • Family rooms

Language spoken


Number of rooms


About us

Raetihi Lodge is an All-inclusive Exclusive Use private boutique lodge on the waterfront in the Marlborough Sounds. Exclusive Use on the 50-acre estate includes: stylish Accommodation, all Meals, Private Chef/Staff, and we accommodate between 10 – 28 guests. Human connections are the foundation of what we offer with our All-Inclusive Exclusive Use facility at Raetihi Lodge. We invite our guests to experience Raetihi Lodge through new endeavours, whether it’s to: - reunite family to nurture connection, a sense of self and belonging, joy and laughter - be surrounded by old friends, share stories and celebrate significant birthdays, small intimate weddings or occasions whilst being at one with nature - be together in a space to inspire colleagues and creativity We want our guests to feel the intangibles of serenity and peace derived from our surroundings. With your own private chef, house staff and scrumptious meals, you’ll feel like they’re sitting in the comfort of their own home whilst being spoilt with the food and service of a boutique hotel. With this in mind we invite you to absorb, connect, reflect and be mindful in the beautiful surroundings and facilities at Raetihi Lodge. The tranquillity and sense of being 'at one' with the native bush, the expansive water views and birdsong of the Sounds, coupled with the feeling like you're sitting in the comfort of your home, being spoilt with the service of a boutique hotel, is what luxurious Raetihi Lodge prides itself on. Our new floating jetty makes accessibility a joy. A waters edge retreat with stunning views over the water, Raetihi Lodge sets its own standards for gracious and unsurpassed hospitality and excellent dining. The Marlborough Sounds attracts local and international visitors who share a passion for activities such as boating, fishing, hiking, bush walks, sailing, kayaking, bird-watching, photography and just relaxing enjoying the finer things in life. Nestled in a secluded bay of extraordinary natural beauty in the Kenepuru Sound, Raetihi Lodge has built a reputation as one of the most popular destinations in the Sounds dating back to the 1930's. ACTIVITIES 'The Sounds' are simply New Zealand's foremost marine playground for yachting, fishing, swimming, sailing and sight-seeing. Why not consider: • Walking Tracks: Queen Charlotte Track and Nydia Track • Fishing: Half day or Full day Guided Trips • Boating: Half and Full-day Skippered Sailing trips, plus Bareboat Charter facilities, Boating Safaris in your own outboard motor boat, Mussel Cruises, Historical Tours of the Sounds • Scenic Flights and transfers: by helicopter or float plane • Marlborough Wine Tours AROUND RAETIHI LODGE Relax with a wide variety of recreational options available. • Complementary mountain bikes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards (SUPs) are available for your enjoyment • Complementary use of fishing rods and dinghy rowing boats, or try your hand fishing off the jetty. • Treat yourself to a relaxing massage • Follow one of the bush-walking tracks over the Nature Reserve • Take a swim in the bay • Retire in the guest lounge to read, play board games or watch TV, or lounge by the warmth of the fire with a good book • Ever-changing light conditions present stunning photographic opportunities, as evidenced from the Photo Gallery in the Lodge. • The marine environment and natural bush provides amazing opportunities to observe native birds, flora and fauna. • Play 9-holes of golf at the Nopera Golf Course nearby, which is sheep grazed with fenced greens. (Nominal green fee and golf hire available) • Enjoy a game of Boules or croquet on the French Courtyard and lawn • Picnics can be supplied from our restaurant for any of your activities. CUISINE, WINE & DINING Sitting by the water's edge, dine on an ever-changing feast of seafood, mouth-watering New Zealand meats and fresh local produce, themed to suit the season and complemented by the finest regional wines in New Zealand. Everyday dining at Raetihi Lodge in the Marlborough Sounds is informal but elegant and relaxed, the epitome of fresh New Zealand cuisine. Our new floating jetty makes accessibility easy, and you can tie up without hassle. GETTING THERE By Boat • Our skipper and Guest Transfer boat, Miss Raetihi Lodge, can collect you from Te Mahia Jetty or Portage in the Kenepuru Sound, OR Waterfall Bay or Torea in the Queen Charlotte Sound • Private boats are welcome to use the floating jetty and tie up on one of our moorings • Water Taxi By Air • Pelorus Air flies from Wellington, Picton, Nelson and other destinations into Nopera Airstrip, and we'll collect you from there • Helicopter from anywhere, landing on our Helipad. By Road • Drive the very scenic Kenepuru Road directly to Raetihi Lodge
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Marie M
⏳ 10-2021

Highly recommend

Wow-totally wow! From Alan meeting us in Havelock to the moment we left Raetihi we could not have been more spoilt and haven’t been in any other resort we have visited. Franck and Elodie are so proud of the food they create and have every reason to be! Raetihi Lodge is a place that you can be as busy as you want to or as laid back as you like. We both left feeling very relaxed and will absolutely recommend to everyone. If you want an amazing treat this is the place to go. Alan and Liane what a Gem you have!
Ivan S
⏳ 04-2021

A very special place

We've just had a group of 18 adults and 3 kids enjoy a wonderful relaxing weekend with Leanne, Allan and their team. Just a beautiful spot, run by beautiful people who felt there was nothing too much or too little to help us enjoy our time there. Excellent food, service, and a great range of activities to wile away the time with family and friends, surrounded by the iconic beauty of the Marlborough sounds. We'll be back.
melanie s
⏳ 04-2021

What a gem!

We have just had the most incredible stay here, the level of care was perfect, nothing too much trouble for the excellent staff. Quiet, great views from the room, mountain bikes, kayaks etc available and amazing food, catering for dietary requirements with ease. So welcoming, very relaxing. Would love to come back another time with friends and family.
⏳ 03-2021

Fabulous stay

Raetihi Lodge is an escape like no other. In the Kenepuru Sounds, from Allan’s wonderful greeting at the onset and informative narrative of just about anything in the area - truly an infectious personality skills, to wife Lianne’s tour of the premises, not withstanding Frank and Elodie’s amazing hospitality in the restaurant and facilities.... this location and lodge is hard to beat. Upmarket, yet informal. Fabulous food catered to individual needs. Relaxing, restorative and a lot of fun. Oh, forgot the pool table and gaiety in the evenings, plus free kayaks. Don’t second guess yourself.... book your stay!
⏳ 01-2021

Amazing lodge for friends & family retreat!

We were a group of around 20 adults plus 16 children (under 5) and it was perfect for us! There were activities galore and a variety of spaces for us to socialise, retreat to or explore. The food was amazing and they even designed the children’s menu to suit toddlers. They went above and beyond to ensure every age was taken care including two games rooms (one for kids and one for adults), pilates and an amazing masseuse. We also loved the fact all the rooms are connected by a long hallway - baby monitors worked or the kids simply just walked down into the lounge/dining room if they couldn’t/wouldn’t sleep :-) We had a DJ in the group too who was able to set up with the lodges own sound/light equipment to take us through to the New Year. So from kiddies life jackets for the rowboat or espresso martini’s for us adults in the evening this lodge has it all. PLUS the amazing views! We will be back! …
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