Rai Valley

Rai Valley is a small rural settlement in Marlborough. If the dryness of the rest of Marlborough drives you to drink then Rai Valley will amaze with it's lushness.

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Mount Richmond Estate

Individual self contained refurbished units sleeping up to four people. Rates from $150 for two people, extra persons $20 each per night. Set in 10 acres of parkland surrounded by forest. Each unit has two bedrooms (super king and twin beds), bathroom, kitchen, dining and lounge area, tv, dvd player, freeview. Accessibility unit too with one bedroom and similar facilities. Plenty of birdlife, walks, mountain biking, horse riding at Pelorus River Horses or just relax! 'Foresters' cafe/restaurant on site for everything from breakfasts, snacks through to dinner.

SLEEP   —  +64 3 571 6070 —  State Highway 6

Rai Valley Cottage

Built of totara and beech slabs, pit sawn on the site by the district's first European settler, Charles Turner. This small, four-roomed cottage was built in 1881 and Turner and his wife Matilda and their four children lived here for 28 years. The roof was shingled and the fireplace constructed of river stones. It is furnished in the style of the 1890/1900 period and is one of the few remaining buildings of this type of construction in the country. Visitors can view the interior at any time through glass observation panels.

SEE   —  Opouri Road, Carluke


Foresters Cafe/Restaurant

The cafe/restaurant is open daily (except Christmas Day) serving delicious chef produced meals and snacks. Great range of drinks including fantastic coffee. Sit inside in front of the log burner in the cooler months or outside on the deck in the warmer months. Wifi internet available, $2 per half hour


Rai Valley A & P Show

Genuine rural show day. Sheep shearing, home baking competitions and the 'Rai Challenge'.

SEE   —  +64 3 5716 388 —  Carluke Domain


Rai Trading

Groceries, the NZ Post Agency and General Store.

BUY   —  +64 3 571 6325 —  Main Road

Mudbrick Lodge

SLEEP   —  +64 3 571 6147 —  Rimu Gully


Brick Oven

EAT   —  +64 3 571 6005 —  Main Rd



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