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5 Days New Year's Yoga Retreat in 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.

Retreat highlights

  • 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

Yoga styles

5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: 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 New Zealand Program

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.


Swami Karma Karuna
Swami Karma Karuna specializes in women’s health. By blending yogic lifestyle and sannyasa tradition with motherhood, she brings a unique and practical approach, inspiring the integration of yogic principles into everyday activities.

Retreat location

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

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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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.

Things to do (optional)

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.

What's included

  • 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)

How to get there

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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