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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.