Ruffit lodge is a three bedroom cottage nestled in a private valley on a 180 hectare farm, 5 minutes from Woodville. It is ideal as a retreat, or peaceful holiday destination. The private lake has abundant bird life to observe, or you can kayak out onto the lake to retrieve the floating golf balls you have tried to hit into the floating hoop.

Go for a walk around the farm, maybe take a thistle hoe with you and work off that city stress. Or perhaps you would prefer to do it by shooting clay birds. Or do nothing.

A prime place for fisherman to stay as excellent fishing rivers are only minutes away. A fishing guide can be arranged or you can explore on your own.

Woodville is close by for some interesting shopping. Apart from the cafe's there are some good art galleries and fascinating second hand shops, so going home with a momento is quite on the cards. If you feel like a drive, Norsewood and Dannevirke are within 30 minutes driving time heading East and Pahiatua and Mangatainoka are only 15 minutes heading South. Visit the infamous Tui Brewery at Mangatainoka.

For a more comprehensive guide to the district, visit Tararua.com