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Geothermal Yoga Weekend in New Zealand Retreat

Geothermal Yoga Weekend in New Zealand

Ridge Country Retreat offers you a yoga weekend, which aims to de-couple you from your stressful lives. Unwind, relax, practice yoga and dine on gourmet vegetarian food, while enjoying all the comforts of luxurious accommodation in a peaceful environment surrounded by beautiful New Zealand native bush.

Retreat highlights

  • 5 yoga classes
  • Time for relaxation
  • Geothermal pool and baths
  • Guided yoga practices with highly professional yoga instructors
  • Daily gourmet vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Free time for spa and massage
  • 2 nights of accommodation

Yoga styles

2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Stay in one of our lovely suites with a king size bed, or two single beds if sharing with a friend. Each suite comes with a spa bath for rejuvenation after a day of yoga and exploration.

Be in total relaxation in the most sumptuous surroundings and rejuvenate in one of Ridge Country Retreats six private villas. Each stunningly presented features king-size beds with day beds that can be made up into an additional queen-size bed. Bed linen of the highest quality cotton, en-suites with heated floors, shower and freestanding baths. The outside slipper bath is feed with hot mineral water straight from the geothermal bore, perfect for a hot soak under the stars and looking out to Tauranga city lights.

Ridge Country Retreat Yoga Weekend Programme

The retreat strives to strike the balance between activity and relaxation in order to provide a holistic experience for the participants that will see them depart the retreat fully relaxed and rejuvenated, ready to face the challenges of a busy lifestyle.

This retreat incorporates 5 yoga sessions with relaxation time between to allow for reflection or exploration. Students with all levels of experience with yoga are welcome. Workshop numbers are small to allow for a truly personal experience. A minimum number of participants is required to run a yoga retreat weekend.

Yoga itinerary


  • 16:00 - Check-in and welcome
  • 19.30 - Dinner
  • 20:30 - Settle in and options for movie, spa/geothermal pool or private time


  • 07:00 - Gentle yoga introducing the mind and body to the day
  • 08:15 - Breakfast
  • 09:15 - Relaxation time and options for bushwalking, spa/geothermal pool, massage, private time
  • 11:15 - Yoga
  • 12:25 - Lunch
  • 13:15 - Relaxation time and options for bushwalking, spa/geothermal pool, massage, private time
  • 15:50 - Yoga
  • 17:00 - Relaxation time and options for bushwalking, spa/geothermal pool, massage, private time
  • 19:00 - Dinner
  • 20:00 - Free time and options for further discussion, movie, spa/geothermal pool or private time


  • 07:00 - Gentle yoga introducing the mind and body to the day.
  • 08:15 - Breakfast
  • 09:15 - Relaxation time and options for bushwalking, spa/geothermal pool, massage, private time
  • 11:15 - Yoga
  • 12:25 - Lunch
  • 14:00 - Departure


Helen Paul-Smith
Helen Paul-Smith has been practicing Ashtanga yoga since she was 21 and has been privileged to study with some of the best Ashtanga yoga teachers in the world. She is a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner, graduating from Wellpark College of Natural Therapies where she studied Sanskrit.

Retreat location

Perched on a ridge high in the Papamoa Hills behind Tauranga, Ridge Country Retreat is situated on 35 acres of native bush with spectacular views of Tauranga.



  • Activities
  • Golf course nearby
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking/trekking nearby
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool


  • General
  • Beach nearby
  • Restaurant nearby


  • Services
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Dining is an integral part of the Ridge Country Retreat experience. Our chefs delight in producing gourmet dishes for your gastronomic pleasure. Ridge Country Retreat prides on the presentation of the freshest quality food using local produce where possible.

Their menus are designed to make mealtimes at Ridge Country Retreat an absolute experience. Delicious vegetarian meals are provided on your weekend retreat, along with a large selection of herbal teas and juices. For them, the quality of our food is as important as the quality of the yoga instruction and is aimed at providing you an experience you will remember fondly.

Sample breakfast

  • Fresh fruit platter
  • Rolled oats with stewed fruit
  • Free range eggs on gluten free whole meal toast
  • Polenta and quinoa porridge
  • Pre soaked Burcher style muesli
  • Green yoghurt smoothie
  • Herbal tea selection

Sample lunch

  • Nut loaf with dressing
  • Asian style slaw with roasted seeds and nuts, tamari dressing
  • Shitake, noodle and bok choy broth GF
  • Quinoa and pea shoot sushi
  • Vegetable rice pear rolls with tamari dip sauce
  • Minestrone style broth
  • Platter of fresh seasonal fruit
  • Carob carrot slice
  • Almond and chocolate truffles

Sample dinner

  • Hummus with roast baby carrots
  • Spinach and feta dip with whole meal crostini
  • Mung bean fritters with garlic mayonnaise
  • Mushroom pate with grilled vegetables
  • Grilled vegetable platter
  • Black lentils, roast beets and feta
  • Quinoa with steamed broccoli and roast butternut
  • Chickpea and tomato curry
  • Baked stuffed eggplants with sweet peppers and courgettes
  • Brown rice salad with sprouts and pumpkin
  • Pearl barley risotto with shitake and bok choy
  • Cheery tomato, olive and feta salad
  • Sweet potato and lentil frittata
  • Baked tomato and paprika beans
  • Smoked kumara and watercress broth

Sample dessert

  • Poached pears
  • Bitter chocolate tart
  • Almond and tart
  • Plate of fresh fruit
  • Baked pears with roasted nuts

Things to do (optional)

There is plenty to do at Ridge Country Retreat. Lounge around and in the geothermal pool and Jacuzzi, have a spa treatment, go on one of the extensive bushwalks on the property or simply relax in your villa or suite. In winter, the large lounge area is welcoming with its blazing fire and even out if you choose to sit out on the deck, the patio heaters will warm you.

Kaiate Falls

Start with a wonderful view of Mount Maunganui in the distance to see the beautiful falls of Kaiate. Time to complete the circuit track is approximately 45 minutes.

Summerhill golf course

Summerhill Golf Course is a 9-hole course situated on one of the highest points in the Papamoa Hills. At almost every point, you have stupendous views of Tauranga, Te Puke and the whole expanse that is the Bay of Plenty. Simply arrive with your golf clubs, pay 20 NZD into the honesty box and you are free to play. During the week, it is very likely that you will have the place to yourself.

Summerhill trails

Mountain biking or walking, a gold coin is all you need to enjoy the huge network of trails through the surrounding forests. A morning of exercise followed by a soak in the geothermal pool or a massage. Does it get better?

Papamoa Beach

Bring your bucket and spade for the beach is only 10 minutes away!

Fashion island clearance outlets and restaurants

Want a bargain? This is the place to head for. Clearance outlets for many well-known brands. Do your bargain hunting, and then stop for a meal at one of the restaurants. Choose from Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and Indian.

Mount Maunganui

Mauao is a 232 meters extinct volcano. A wonderful place to spend the day on the beach, walking around the mountain, visiting the boutique shops in the main street, relaxing in the hot pools or just having a coffee in one of the beachside cafes.


Mount Maunganui might be beautiful, but Tauranga is where you find the action. The farmer's market, every Saturday morning is a must visit. It opens at 08:45. The annual jazz festival is also a huge event on Tauranga's calendar.


Want to know everything about kiwifruit? This is the place to find out! Take a KiwiKart tour through the Horticultural Theme park to gain knowledge of this remarkable fruit.

Comvita Visitor Centre

Every honey product that you could imagine!

Coromandel Peninsula

Idyllic unspoiled coastline, where the bush meets the sea. A rugged interior with numerous walking tracks and climbing opportunities. The Coromandel mountain range is an extension of the Mamaku and Kaimai mountain ranges. Dig your own spa at Hot Water Beach and soak in the hot mineral water bubbling through the sand. Take a walk in the Cathedral Cove Reserve, down to the coast where the sea has sculptured fantastic rock formations. Amazing rock features can also be found at The Pinnacles in the center of the Coromandel Peninsula.

Waihi Gold

If you have ever driven through Waihi, you could be forgiven for being completely unaware that you were skirting the edge of one of NZ's largest open cut gold mines. Two tours operate daily with duration of approximately 2 hours. Martha Mine has been operating as an open cut since 1987. The Favona Mine is an underground operation, which began extracting ore from stops in 2006.

Matamata (Hobbiton)

If you are a hobbit fan, Matamata is worth a visit.

White island

Whakaari is New Zealand's only active marine volcano and lies 48 kilometers off the Bay of Plenty. It can be reached by boat from Whakatane, which is about one hour from Ridge Country Retreat by car. For the more affluent, helicopter transport to White island is an option.

Spa treatments

Pamper the body, still the mind and nurture the soul with a combination of our facial and body massage treatments. This is designed to calm, soothe and nourish the senses.

Eye treatments

  • Eyelash tint (30 minutes, 26 NZD)
  • Eyebrow tint (15 minutes, 20 NZD)
  • Eyelash and eyebrow tint (30 minutes, 25 NZD)
  • Eyebrow shape (30 minutes, 25 NZD)
  • Eyebrow shape and tint (45 minutes, 34 NZD)
  • Eyebrow shape and eyelash tint (45 minutes, 38 NZD)
  • Eyebrow shape and eyelash and eyebrow tint (45 minutes, 45 NZD)

Facial treatments

  • Express facial, a mask treatment and complimentary hand massage (60 minutes, 90 NZD)
  • Deluxe facial, face, neck, and shoulder massage (90 minutes, 135 NZD)
  • Deluxe plus facial, eyelash and eyebrow tint, complimentary eyebrow tidy (120 minutes, 180 NZD)

Body treatments

  • Full body exfoliation and moisturizing or tan (60 minutes, 90 NZD)

Massage treatments

  • Back, neck, and shoulder massage (30 minutes, 50 NZD)
  • Full body massage (60 minutes, 120 NZD)

Deluxe spa treatments

  • Package 1 (90 minutes, 135 NZD)
  • Package 2 (120 minutes, 180 NZD)
  • Package 3 (150 minutes, 225 NZD)

What's included

  • 2 nights of luxury accommodation
  • 5 yoga sessions
  • All meals
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Use of yoga mats and props

What's not included

  • Optional excursions
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

Driving directions from Hamilton (State Highway 29)

  • As you come down the Hill from Tauriko towards Tauranga, go through all four roundabouts.
  • Turn right at Welcome Bay (5th roundabout), and RCR is 11 kilometers from that corner.
  • Once you are out in the country, Rocky Cutting Road is the third road on the right.

Driving directions from New Plymouth

  • Head north and at Kihikihi, follow signs to Cambridge then follow signs to Tauranga.
  • As you come down the hill from Tauriko towards Tauranga, go through all four roundabouts.
  • Turn right at Welcome Bay (5th roundabout), and RCR is 11 kilometers from that corner.
  • Once you are out in the country, Rocky Cutting Road is the third road on the right.

Driving directions from Auckland or Coromandel (State Highway 2)

  • Follow the motorway in from Bethlehem but do not take any off ramps.
  • Travel through two sets of lights and then make your way over an estuary.
  • Turn right at the Maungatapu roundabout.
  • Turn left at the Welcome Bay roundabout, and RCR is 11 kilometers from that corner.
  • Once you are out in the country, Rocky Cutting Road is the third road on the right.

Driving from Wellington through Rotorua (State Highway 2)

  • Heading from Te Puke, you travel towards Mt Maunganui.
  • Turn left at the Welcome Bay Road.
  • Rocky Cutting Road is the second road to your left, and the lodge is 3 kilometers up that road.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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