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Affordable Yoga Retreats in Australia and New Zealand

by Alberto G. Güitrón

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Australia and New Zealand are two of the most fascinating countries in the world. Located in the Pacific Ocean, each of them offers unique treats for their visitors, especially when it comes to yogis.

From active volcanoes to stunning fjords, impressive caves, green valleys and never-ending white sand beaches, New Zealand is full of great contrasts and diversity. What better place to do a sun salutation than the place where the sun rises first?

The Māori people, who have inhabited the region for the past 1,000 years, have deeply influenced the culture with their traditions and lifestyle. But lately, they’ve also gotten into yoga and there are even some of them who actively encourage their fellow Māoris to try it out and benefit from all its positive effects.

Likewise, known as 'the land Down Under', Australia is a warm and sunny country full of natural wonders and with an abundance of wide-open spaces. It has the largest coral reef in the world and its clear skies allow you to see over 3,000 stars.

About 50 years ago, Australians started to do yoga. Little by little, it has gained popularity and today it can be considered a mainstream practice. According to Roy Morgan’s data, nowadays, one in every 10 Australians do yoga on a regular basis, making it more popular than cricket, tennis, soccer and golf.

The good news is that all this beauty doesn´t have to cost an arm and leg, as there are plenty of affordable yoga retreats in Australia and New Zealand. Here are some of the best for you!

Note: BookYogaRetreats offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you alter your booking with the same organizer or with a different organizer.

Snowy Mountain Wellness Yoga Retreat

snowy mountain wellness yoga retreat

Image credit: The OM Collective

  • Cost per day: from AUD 150
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Location: Jindabyne

 

Join a yoga and wellness retreat in the iconic Snowy Mountains.

You’ll be staying in the alpine town of Jindabyne at The Jindy Inn, one of the most scenic, soulful, and inspiring corners of New South Wales.

The fresh mountain air and cool weather are a perfect excuse to drink warm chai and practice fireside yoga.

This retreat includes two daily yoga classes by the warmth of our fireplace, meditation, wellness practices, and healing workshops. All afternoon yoga practices are restorative yoga, while in the morning you’ll enjoy a slow and mindful yoga/pranayama.

During this retreat, you’ll get a deeper connection and understanding of your personal mind-body connection, though asana, learn about the philosophy of yoga, learn different meditation techniques, and gain emotional awareness.

Three meals per day as well as drinks (water, coffee, tea) are included in the package. All meals are plant-based, gluten-free, and dairy-free. If you have other dietary requirements, kindly let the organizer know in advance.

It’s recommended to book your flight into Cooma–Snowy Mountains Airport (OOM). Airport transfer is not provided but it can be arranged upon request. Alternatively, you can also fly into Canberra Airport (CBR) but you’d need to rent a car and drive to the retreat.

 

 

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Surf Camp at Beach House

Yoga retreat in Manly

Image credit: Stoke Beach House

  • Cost per day: from AUD 97
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Location: Manly

Manly is one of Australia's most renowned beaches, famous for being the place where the world's first surfing contest took place. This iconic beach is also home to one of the most exciting affordable yoga retreats in Australia.

Located only 100 meters (328 feet) away from the beach, this yoga retreat promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience, with daily morning Vinyasa Yoga, a 1.5-hour daily surf lesson at Manly Beach and daily healthy breakfast.

During your free time, you can go to Manly Wharf, a heritage-listed passenger terminal that’s also a recreational area offering an in-house cinema, a bar with daily free power hour, weekly harbor cruises and guest bikes. It’s also the perfect place to unwind while overlooking the crystal clear South Pacific Ocean.

Meditation and Yoga Holiday in a Tropical Paradise

Yoga in Cape Tribulation

Image credit: Prema Shanti

  • Cost per day: from AUD 93
  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Location: Cape Tribulation

Situated in the heart of the world's oldest rainforest, this yoga program offers you daily morning meditation practice, daily evening yoga classes and 2-night boutique room accommodation.

You can use your free time to plunge into outdoor swimming holes, visit Thornton Beach, or explore the unspoiled Daintree Rainforest. A visit here is an exceptional experience for wild nature lovers. It has such unique biodiversity that you won't find anywhere else, just an incredible place to strike your favorite asanas and relax for a weekend at a low cost.

 

Beach & Yoga Holiday

yoga retreats in Whangamata

Image credit: Surf N Stay New Zealand

  • Cost per day: from AUD 89
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Location: Whangamata

Voted as the best beach in New Zealand by NZ Herald readers in 2018, Whangamata is famous for its unique combination of rainforest and beach. Here you can find some of the most iconic surf breaks in the country.

This retreat offers a package that includes 5 yoga sessions, 5 group surf lessons for all levels, 6 nights' dorm accommodation, daily continental breakfast and unlimited free Wi-Fi. A great option if you want to start surfing and adding a new dimension to your yoga practice.

During your spare time, you can visit the Coromandel Forest Park, where you can find all kinds of outdoor experiences, from short walks to mountain bike trails and old gold mining sites.

Weekend Yoga, Meditation and Hiking Retreat

yoga retreat in Whangarei Heads

Image credit: WHY Retreat

  • Cost per day: from AUD 165
  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Location: Whangarei Heads

Whangarei Heads is a fabulous holiday destination located in New Zealand's northernmost region. With a nice subtropical climate, beautiful white sandy beaches and volcanic peaks, this place is a paradise for nature lovers.

You’ll find plenty of time to reconnect with nature and relax during this yoga holiday. The program includes daily yoga classes, daily meditation sessions, hiking excursions in nature and all home-cooked delicious meals.

Last piece of advice

If you’re visiting from another country, just remember that the seasons in Australia and New Zealand are different than in other parts of the world. Here’s a quick guide:

  • Spring: September, October and November.
  • Summer: December, January and February.
  • Autumn: March, April and May.
  • Winter: June, July and August.

Now you know it’s possible! Just save a little money and embark on an affordable yoga holiday in Australia or New Zealand!


In case you’re new to the practice, you can find fantastic yoga retreats for beginners both in Australia and New Zealand.

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