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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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?
Bring your bucket and spade for the beach is only 10 minutes away!
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.
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.
Every honey product that you could imagine!
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.
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.
If you are a hobbit fan, Matamata is worth a visit.
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.
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.
"My first impression driving into Ridge Country Retreat for our yoga retreat was excellent. The landscaping and gardens were beautiful and looked well cared for. It felt a little bit special and my anticipation started to grow. We arrived close to 5 p.m. as the sun was setting and was greeted by David. I wouldn't call him a smooth operator but he was friendly and polite nevertheless. Walking into the lodge's big lounge was lovely with big glass doors looking out to the deck, wonderful gardens, geothermal pool and stunning country view. The lodge had a lovely rustic feel to it. There was a large open fire in the lounge which would have given a great cozy impression if it had been lit before we arrived. We were a little surprised we were unable to swim in the geothermal pool on the first evening as it was being filled and would be ready for the next day. First impression of our suite in the lodge was good as it was a lovely large relaxing room framed by a magnificent view. I did immediately notice the view would have looked so much better if the glass doors had been cleaned. The bathroom was impressive, 5 star, very large with a jacuzzi right next to the window looking out at the view which was one of our highlights. Soaking in the jacuzzi, opening the window, turning the lights out, looking up at the stars and lights of Tauranga in the distance was incredible. The sheets were comfortable but the bed had a little bit of 'roll in'. The room was warm enough when we arrived, having been heated by an oil heater. We turned it off the first night when we went to sleep but it became too cold so kept it on the following night and during the day to keep the coolness out of the room. It was a pleasure to sit by an open fire in the lounge before dinner at 7.30pm which was catered by an excellent chef, 'James'. Fresh, delicious vegetarian meals, including gluten and dairy free options. Yoga started at 7am. Our instructor 'Tanya' was fantastic! Framed behind her through the large doors we enjoyed seeing the sun rise over the gully as we focused on our yoga. Every one of the 5 yoga sessions were different and varied and our instructor caring, calm, helpful and very knowledgeable. Following most yoga sessions we moved into the dining room to enjoy our wonderful meals which seemed to flow nicely and everyone had worked up an appetite. One suggestion would be to have a slightly later yoga session, e.g. 4.30pm on the second day followed by an earlier meal straight after yoga as the time between lunch and dinner at 7pm seemed a little long. There were massages and other The stunning view of the hills and gully while swimming in the geothermal pool were incredible. Even though the pool was warm, it wasn't quite hot enough to sit stationary for long but it felt great to be swimming in a non chlorinated pool. The soak in the hot outside spa afterwards was relaxing. On the last day we drove to an adjacent road, Reid Road for a 20 minute farm walk along to the top of the Papamoa Hills walk starting from Summerhills trails. This is one of the most stunning views overlooking Te Puke, the beach at Papamoa, Mount Maunganui and Tauranga. We came away from the Yoga Retreat buzzing. Our overall experience was excellent. Highlights were soaking in the Jacuzzi looking out onto the most relaxing, stunning country views, the revitalizing yoga sessions and the delicious healthy meals! We came away from Ridge Country Retreat feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, we would definitely recommend this yoga retreat! "
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"Just wanted to let you know that the yoga retreat weekend was extremely beneficial for me in so many ways. It met all my goals, which included extending my yoga practice, and although the body was rather exhausted on Monday, it was wonderful to know I now have the increased strength and endurance to allow me to participate in these events and now recover much quicker than I would have in the past. I'm sure the relaxing, rejuvenating massage from Joanna certainly enhanced my recovery as well as all the time spent in the beautiful therapeutic waters of the pool and bath. This experience has allowed me to further reveal and release old beliefs and patterns enabling me to continue to grow into the true being I am. It was such a treat to spend the time at Ridge Country Retreat in the healing powers of nature, enhancing my own well-being by allowing others to cook and serve me healthy food, sleeping in a 'cloud' of softness and comfort in the most amazing bed, meeting and conversing with everyone there and emerging re-energized and renewed. Thank you David for making these yoga retreats available and for all your attention to detail in making it such an enjoyable and nourishing experience. With deepest appreciation."
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"Went for a yoga retreat, very relaxing environment. Lovely outdoor pool, spa, another spa in our room right by a window that opens out to an amazing view. Food was awesome! Management very down to earth, and yoga instructor was very capable and patient. The only part I didn't enjoy was having to leave. "
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"The yoga retreat was very enjoyable despite the fact I hadn’t done yoga before. The fellow retreatees were a lot of fun and were at various levels of expertise. The location really is a retreat while being close to Tauranga. Spa pool and the villas were superb. The food while being vegetarian was delicious and excellent quality. Top marks to the organizers."
"The Ridge Country Retreat was amazing! David and his family and crew were lovely. The food were delicious, sorrounding is breath taking. The facilities were well used, having a dip in the hillside thermal pool, spa pool, and thermal outdoor bath on the deck outside our room. The accommodation was luxurious. The yoga sessions were a perfect mix of energizing and restirative for any level and the onsite optional massage was a lovely treat. We left feeling spoilt and we will definitely go back in 2016. "
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"It was a great experience. The villa was beautiful and comfortable. The management should set up more options for free time. There were bush walks written in the itinerary but when we asked he mentioned to take a walk along the road. The yoga is good for those that are just learning the poses and like to take it slow. It was interesting that we had to bus our tables after meals since the management framed it to be a luxury retreat. "
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"The facility is relaxing, with beautiful gardens, amazing views and spacious, clean comfortable rooms. The number of participants was small, fewer than 20, which I appreciated. The vegetarian meals were delicious. If there was one thing I would change, it would be to add the option to stay overnight on Sunday as well, and check out Monday am."