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5 Days New Year's Yoga Retreat in New Zealand

  • Anahata Yoga Retreat, Takaka, Golden Bay, New Zealand


Creating Change Yoga Retreats New Zealand

Welcome the New Year with this retreat to relax, reflect, and reconnect with yourself and nature. Discover your innate resolutions inviting positive change and direction into your life. Prepare the foundation and plant a seed for the New Year with practical tools of yoga and meditation and learn how to nurture your resolutions to grow, flower, and bear fruits. Anahata provides a supportive yogic environment for clarity, transformation, and identifying with the deeper aspects of your personality.


  • Daily Hatha yoga classes
  • Sitting and walking meditation practices
  • Yoga Nidra, kirtan, and fire ceremony sessions
  • Practical tools to help understand your mind and personality
  • Planting seeds for positive transformation
  • Time for reflection and reconnection
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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You will be staying in a shared room. If you wish, camping and other accommodation options are also available.

Anahata Yoga Retreat is located in beautiful Golden Bay, New Zealand, in the northwest part of the South Island. It is situated 640 meters (2,000 feet) above sea level, at an idyllic spot called Bird's Clearing, on the outskirts of the Abel Tasman National Park.

The closest town is Takaka. The two closest airports are Takaka (limited service) link and Nelson. The 13 kilometers road up to Anahata is unsealed and crosses several small fords.

Nearby places

  • Motueka - 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Nelson - 2 hours
  • Takaka, 13 kilometers or 35 minutes
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily Hatha yoga classes
  • Havan (fire ceremony) to connect with nature
  • Kirtan (mantra and music)
  • Planting seeds for positive transformation
  • Practical tools to help understand your mind and personality
  • Sitting and walking meditations
  • Time for reflection and reconnection
  • Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation meditation)

Set your New Year’s positive resolution into motion utilizing SWAN theory exploring strengths, weaknesses, aims, and needs and use powerful yogic techniques such as sankalpa (intentions), havan (ancient fire ceremony), yoga classes, meditation, and deep relaxation practices to create practical change, affirmation, and direction within your life.

Driving directions from Nelson

  • From Nelson, which is the main city in the north part of the South Island, travel west through the town of Motueka. Note that there are no petrol stations available between Motueka and Takaka, so best to fill up in Motueka. Stick to the speed limits to avoid traps!
  • After crossing the Takaka Hill from Nelson, you will drive towards and into Takaka.
  • Turn right immediately past the Visitors Centre (Don't go through Takaka!).
  • Follow the road to the roundabout and turn right.
  • Drive towards Pohara Beach for about ten minutes.
  • The road curves on a big right and then a big left.
  • You will pass Motupipi School on left, then take the next turn right at the Clifton ‘+’ crossroads.
  • You will pass a big wooden giraffe type creature and then turn right at the ‘T’ Junction.
  • Follow this road to the next T-junction and turn left continuing on Clifton Road.
  • As you turn, you will see an orange "Anahata Retreat" sign.
  • You will come to a gravel road and a sign saying Bird Road.
  • Follow the gravel road (Bird Road) up to the top of the mountain for seven kilometers.
  • You will notice a sign part way up the hill with several family names on it.
  • This is a private driveway or road to their house.
  • Continue on past this drive.
  • There are some shallow fords and various gates.
  • Please leave the gates as you find them (closed if closed).
  • When you are half way up, you will come to two gates side-by-side.
  • Go through the left gate (not the one going down the hill to the farm).
  • When you arrive at the top after approximately 30 minutes driving, you will see a little sign on the other side of the top gate to the right that says Abel Tasman - Wainui Hut.
  • Go through this gate and follow the same gravel road heading a little left.
  • On your left (a hundred meter or so), you will see a row of big pine trees, a house, and some gardens.
  • There is an “ANAHATA” sign on the fence to the right of the gate.
  • You have arrived. Welcome to Anahata Yoga Retreat! Park outside and walk through the Anahata gate to the office (in front of and attached to the building you see).

Arrival by airplane

There is an airport in Nelson, and there is a small airfield in Takaka. Nelson is the main national airport for the region. The Nelson Airport (NSN) is about a two-hour drive from Takaka.

Capital Air offers flights from Wellington directly to Takaka from spring through autumn. This is a gorgeous flight over the Tasman and Abel Tasman National Park.

Air New Zealand offers daily flights to Nelson. Be sure to reserve a window seat on the flight as domestic planes fly at lower altitudes and the scenery is stunning.

Arrival by bus

Three bus companies offer services from Nelson and other South Island cities to Takaka. Schedules will vary from company to company.

You will need to be picked up in Takaka to get to Anahata. Please let them know your arrival date and time, and they will arrange to meet you. Pick-up and drop-off in Takaka on Monday or Friday is complimentary. Pick-up and drop-off in Takaka on other days incurs a charge of 40 NZD. The trip up the mountain from Takaka takes approximately 35 minutes.

Check in

At 9 a.m.

Check out

At 11 a.m.

Seasonals information

The weather in Golden Bay and Paynes Ford is very pleasant, for people who live here or come here for their holidays. The most settled months are February and March, however, summery weather may start in the beginning of December and will become more frequent in January, which can be hot. April and May can still have lots of lovely days, but in May winter around the corner can be felt.

Winter months are generally not too wild apart from some northerly rain storms and some cold nights. The mountain ranges will carry some snow at the tops and the only access road into the Bay on the Takaka Hill sometimes gets closed for short periods due to snow. Unsettled and windy weather with periods of heavy rain start in September and can last until late December, but on a clear day, summer temperatures will be reached quickly at that time of the year also.

During this period, UV radiation normally starts to intensify dramatically, so take care when out in the sun for too long (which isn't really all that long for fair skinned people), especially people from overseas may not always realize that the cleaner New Zealand air also allows a lot more UV radiation to pass through.

Mobile / communication information

Cell phones to be turned off unless to check messages during free time only.

Anahata is only able to provide internet access for essential communications, e.g. booking flights and other crucial travel arrangements. Casual internet access for general e-mail and web browsing is unavailable due to the reliance on and a limited supply of solar power. They have a satellite broadband connection that is quite power hungry.

Electricity information

Anahata is not connected to the electrical grid. They rely on solar power, and try to minimize their electricity usage to make a minimum impact on the environment. A hydro unit to complement a solar power is a future project.

What to bring

Sleeping bag or duvet, jacket and rain gear (umbrella optional), arm, comfortable clothes, and warm socks, walking shoes or gumboots are helpful, towel and toiletries, washing powder / soap for hand washing essential clothes (ecologically friendly please), water bottle, torch (with extra batteries), special foods or snack and special dietary foods (e.g. soy milk), phone card (0800 card if you wish to make long distance calls), and writing material and notebooks.

You may bring prescription pharmaceuticals if required, personal CD players or MP3 players with headphones only, slip-on shoes, cash, personal checks or money orders (in NZD) as you may want to bring a little extra for private sessions or items from the yoga shop (e.g. books, CDs, incense, etc.), and an open heart and mind. Linen and bedding are available to hire for 25 NZD for your stay; linen provided when staying in the Chakra Guest House.

Travel assistance

If you are not comfortable driving up the mountain, cars can be left at the end of the sealed road before the start of the hill and Anahata can pick you up from there. Or, you may park your car in Takaka, and they can pick you up in town.

Important information

Please do not bring recreational drugs, alcohol, pets, and hair dryers as unfortunately their solar power system cannot handle them.

In consideration of others, please refrain from wearing strong perfumes or cologne.

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to Anahata Yoga Retreat who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.

  • Swami Karma Karuna

    Swami Karma is the founding member and director of Anahata Yoga Retreat, New Zealand. She is an engaging, intuitive yoga teacher with more than twenty-five years of training and experience. She teaches around the globe in a simple and practical way, inspiring people to access and apply yogic practices in their own lives.

Three nourishing vegetarian meals will be provided plus afternoon tea.

Breakfast is a light meal to break the fast from the previous night. Lunch is the main meal of the day when your digestive fires are the strongest. For dinner, you devour a light meal to ensure that all food is completely digested before going to sleep.

The water at Anahata is from a pure mountain spring and is absolutely safe to drink.

The kitchen is not to be used for personal cooking. If you have medically related food requirements or allergies, please inform reception on arrival.

Any special dietary requirements for food allergies can be catered to with prior advance notice; however, Anahata advises guests in this situation to bring their own supply of certain foods, e.g. soy milk or gluten-free bread.

Private sessions available by appointment

A unique opportunity to receive practices and insights to suit your personality, body type, health challenges, and get direction or a personal program, therapeutic applications, and health consultations according to your needs.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Anahata Yoga Retreat an inquiry.
  • Review by Traveler from Pune, India

    "I always wanted a place near to a beach that had serenity, calmness,clean and a resort next to a beach that is awesome. I found Anahata retreat. This place has a great staff to take care of guests, huts that u will love. The only thing i missed is Indian food. Since i dont eat european food, i rarely found Indian food. Rest, don't dare to skip this place."

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  • Review by Magenta Weiss

    "An amazing insightful experience. I was truly inspired by the people who live there, the intelligent and relevant conversations I had...and the food was frigging awesome! I left inspired and with knowledge to use and love everyday after. Thanks Anahata!"

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  • Review by Christoffel M. Walter Hendrick

    "Most trans formative place for Sadhana, long-term residency or brief retreats."

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  • Review by Dan McMullan from New Zealand

    "After spending the last few days away from Anahata I have really come to terms with what it's all about. It really is a beneficial place to someone like myself. To learn to be aware, conscious, and observe one's actions is like living all over again."

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  • Review by Amber Blair from New Zealand

    "You feel a little lost in it all at first, especially when everyone around you knows exactly how to say, chant, sing, and remember all these complicated strings of letters that make no sense to a brain that's been unexposed to them before and they are so strong in their conviction to the yogic path. Not just the posture yoga that we all know from the gym or yoga studio we attend. The life of simplicity and dedication to a higher power and its presence everywhere. For a non-religious person like me, it feels like a lot to comprehend and accept. But you get into this fantastic rhythym; yoga, meditate, eat healthy, work hard, give back, conserve, laugh, go to bed early, repeat, and it works you from the inside out. What you're so used to thinking is important doesn't seem so important any more and you start to really think about what you're giving to the world and how you're taking care of it."

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  • Review by Julia Kastler

    "It was a week where I nourished my inner self and had time to explore it. This is not finished at all. It just was the start of my spiritual jourey. In this place, I had the time, teachers and facilities to do so. It is a gift to oneself! Thank you for sharing your yogic lifestyle, knowledge, and practices. I felt ver welcomed and appreciated in this place and by the people and teachers. It was a huge inspiration and got some resources for myself."

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  • Review by Jonas Klippel

    "A very good balanced retreat. Not so much input and many free time but still enough to have the learning sink in your mind."

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  • Review by David

    "Enjoyable week! Useful tools for daily life."

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  • Review by Aradhana

    "Fatastic opportunity to experience many forms of meditation and work out which methods suits me best. I can now intensify my own practice and in a very subtle level."

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  • Review by James Johnson

    "I feel better amd that's enough! I really appreciate the genuineness of the teachers and all of them have excellent humor."

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  • Review by Gabi

    "I immensely enjoyed being at Anahata Yoga Retreat! It was very inspiring and a great pleasure to be in your presence and meeting you all. It was difficult in the beginning, but I learned heaps in the end. I feel like my eyes and my heart are more open than before. I learned to think in different ways, to see more positive things. I also learned to concentrate much better than before."

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  • Review by Sn Sri Priya

    "It was good to come home to my loved ones. Never had I been gone so long. My time there helped me to know that I was on the right path but that details in my life would need some tweaking. I needed to create a channel inside me, one to allow India to exist in my day-to-day life."

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  • Review by Sn Tanmayi

    "So what had changed? I had. Those seeds that had been planted during my first visit were growing. I was better prepared this time. I was less resistant, more open, and better able to meet challenges from a calm, centered place. I was also better able to watch, witness, and let go."

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Golden Bay, New Zealand

Anahata Yoga Retreat is an integral residential yoga retreat in Golden Bay, New Zealand.

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Arrival: Friday December 30, 2016
Departure: Tuesday January 3, 2017

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