About Us

Brooke and Maggie left city life and careers in Auckland to follow their passions of building an off-grid, eco house in the Far North and establishing Riverside Escapes in Mangonui.  

We're Maggie and Brooke - we'll be your hosts during your stay.

Maggie originated from bonny Scotland and Brooke from the Hawke's Bay. In 2016, after an accumulated 32 years working at Auckland zoo, we decided to begin a new chapter in their lives with the goal to build a sustainable lifestyle. 

We purchased Northlanding, where Riverside Escapes are situated on the riverfront olive grove in the Far North of New Zealand. We also live at Riverside Escapes.

Two eco-friendly, off-grid glamping cabin escapes

We have been welcoming guests to the beautiful River Bothy cabin for a couple of years and have recently expanded our offering with our second, private cabin creation, The Green Rabbit

We want to encourage guests to come for a visit: unplug from the rush, re-connect and experience the beauty of Riverside Escapes and the magic of the Far North. Our quiet escapes are designed for rejuvenation - the perfect Northland experience!

Shaken Down Olive Oil

Riverside Escapes is located on the banks of the Oruaiti River and is surrounded by stunning countryside. The 500 mature olive trees on the property are harvested annually producing ‘Shaken Down’, our own brand of delicious olive oil.


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