New Zealand’s Best Retreats

By Tennille Ziegler - 23 Sep 2016

There are times in life when you just need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and treat your body and mind to a little TLC. Sure, you could head to some exotic overseas spot, but why would you when our own Aotearoa has so many beautiful places you can head to and restore your soul.

Mana Retreat

See why the Coromandel is a hot spot for tourists while spending time at Mana Retreat. There are plenty of health and wellness options, from a family relaxing weekend, a meditation retreat, a men’s retreat, and training courses including osteopathy and dance training. The sanctuary is nestled in the hills of the Coromandel Ranges and has an amazing view looking down on the ranges.

Aro Hā

For breathtaking views and an experience like no other, stay at Aro Hā Retreat, just outside of Queenstown. If you’ve been to Queenstown you will understand the beauty of the place, and if you’ve done the drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy you will be very pleased to hear that Aro Hā is located along this track. The retreat has advanced eco accommodation and permaculture based self-sufficiency.  It is designed for the rejuvenation of the human spirit and the ‘wellness adventure’ includes yoga, strength training, spa therapy, Sub Alpine hiking, massages and a wholefoods vegetarian menu.

Te Wahiora

This one’s for the ladies! If you need a little getaway that’s not too far from Auckland, then head out West and stay at Te Wahiora, in Piha. The retreat takes daily admin like cooking and cleaning off your hands, with all meals provided and breakfast delivered to your room. You’re very much encouraged to do as little as possible…or as much as you like. If you want extra services, there is counselling, spiritual direction, Bowen treatment, and therapeutic massages.

Anahata Retreat

To bring out the spiritual side of you, visit Anahata Retreat. It’s located in the midst of the native beech forest, overlooking Golden Bay on the top of the South Island. This residential eco-yoga retreat will have you learning about living sustainably and exploring different variations of yoga. You will learn about the yogic lifestyle, as a way of living and your attitude towards life. We’re thinking of it as a spiritual awakening.

Ridge Country Retreat

If roughing it and living off the land isn’t quite your thing, then stay at the Ridge Country Retreat, which provides luxury accommodation. Tucked away in native bush in the Papamoa Ranges resides this tranquil place. Stay for a yoga retreat or weight loss and wellness retreat, and enjoy the panoramic views while taking a dip in the geothermal pool.

Te Hine Ruru Retreat

Take a trip up North and spend some time perfecting the art of meditation at Te Hine Ruru Retreat. This dreamy retreat is waterfront and is set on 40 acres in the magnificent Bay of Islands. It is designed for women, to enjoy daily yoga and meditation while enjoying delicious food. There is an on-site masseuse along with energy healing including Reiki and Chakra Balancing. If you want to do more activities, you can go kayaking, swimming, walking and enjoy the local cafes.


For the hippies, head to Raglan and get your yogi on at Solscape. This surfer town will have you head-over-heels for the relaxed vibes and adventures to be had. Solscape is an eco-friendly retreat located at the foot of Mt Karioi, providing breathtaking views over the Tasman Sea. Attend courses and workshops in sustainability, enjoy plant-based eco cuisine and practise yoga. For those wanting more of an adventure, take a surf lesson at the Solscape Surf School, go horse riding, rock climbing or Kayaking.

Cape South

This holistic health and wellness retreat will have you glowing from the inside out once you return to normal life. Cape South is located in Cape Kidnappers of Hawke’s Bay. The retreat provides individualised therapy and will assist you in gaining wellness on all levels of your being—physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual. Choose from a day clinic, two to seven-day packages or even longer if needed. 

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Image credit: Aro Ha via Facebook 

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