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4 Day Cooking and Wellness Retreat in Taranaki, New Zealand

Sanctuary Hill Retreat Center, 109 Veale Road, Ridgewood, New Plymouth 4371, New Zealand

Yoga Retreat New Zealand

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in New Zealand.

Here at Sanctuary Hill, they are very passionate about inspiring clients to live in a way that promotes great health! Food plays a huge role in this conversation. Come and join them for a revitalizing and relaxing retreat amid the lush greenery of Taranaki. Learn to cook satisfying, tasty, nutrient-dense food, and learn ways to explore your garden for a fresh meal. Your weekend includes a visit to a garden to introduce basic principles of food production in everyone's back yards. Their guests and visitors frequently ask for the recipes that Ram creates and for further insights on how meals are made in his creative kitchen. ​During this Retreat, you will spend time in the kitchen to watch behind-the-scenes food selection and preparation with Chef Ram Davies. They have prepared an insightful retreat so they can share all this goodness with you!

Meet the instructors

Bhavani & Ram
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  • Daily yoga classes
  • Meditation sessions
  • Sound healing session
  • Cooking workshop and booklet
  • Nature walks and garden visit
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles

4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
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  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Yoga studio
  • Library
  • Parking lot

Sanctuary Hill provides shared accommodation with two or three guests per room. The maximum number for each group is 12 guests. If you would like a private room, they can offer you a double bedroom during your stay. Their modern luxury bedrooms are equipped with 100 percent cotton linen and towels.

They also have an option for couples to accommodate in a king-size bedroom. They invite their guests to unwind, take a walk, explore the property, read a book from their library, journal, connect with nature and wildlife, and relax in the hot tub.



  • 17:00 Arrival meet and greet
  • 18:00 Gentle Yoga session
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:15 Meditation and welcome talk


  • 07:00 Meditation and a morning yoga session
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Garden Outing
  • 12:30 Lunch or free time
  • 14:00 Cooking workshop
  • 17:30 Restorative yoga
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Sound Bath Meditation


  • 07:00 Meditation and a morning yoga session
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Optional walk or free time for massage therapies
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Wellness workshop
  • 16:00 Restorative yoga
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Health Documentary


  • 07:00 Morning Yoga
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Question and Answers session
  • 12:00 Departure

Included excursions

Sanctuary Hill provides group transportation to enjoy time in nature in a guided group walk in the surrounding areas of Taranaki. Weather permitting, your Saturday Garden outing will be to explore and learn about the different ways we can view our garden for edible plants and grow our food. Suggested things to bring are walking shoes, a small pack, and a water bottle.


Bhavani Davies

Ram Davies

Retreat location

New Plymouth is the major city of the Taranaki Region on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Notable features are the botanic gardens (Pukekura Park), the critically acclaimed Len Lye Center and Art Gallery, the 11-kilometer (6.8 miles) coastal walkway alongside the Tasman Sea, the Len Lye-designed artwork known as the Wind Wand, Paritutu Rock, and views of Mount Taranaki or Egmont. New Plymouth Airport (NPL) has daily services from Air New Zealand and Jetstar airlines.


  • New Plymouth Airport (NPL) - 15 minutes' drive

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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The carefully prepared meals at Sanctuary Hill have a special mention on their guide. Their chef crafts extraordinary menus that are rich in natural, whole foods and herbs and contain no artificial substances or common allergens.

The chef prepares all meals with seasonal, organic, locally available ingredients and with as much naturally grown ingredients from their own garden. Beautiful, delicious and so, so good for you, the food they serve is meticulously prepared to fuel both body and soul. All special dietary requirements are accommodated.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Raw food
  • Lactose Free
  • Yogic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

You can extend your stay at Sanctuary Hill before or after the retreat and enjoy the daily yoga classes from their schedule during your extended stay.

Spa treatments

The spa pool is included in this package. The massage treatment is available with a specialized therapist at an additional cost.

  • 30 minutes for 65 NZD
  • 60 minutes for 110 NZD

What's included

  • 2 yoga classes a day
  • nature walks nearby
  • Cooking and wellness workshops
  • Crystal bowl sound healing session
  • Premium rooms with nature views
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners (apart from arrival and departure days)
  • Warm group environment
  • Cooking booklet
  • Guided visit to an edible garden

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Transportation to and from the airport

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at New Plymouth Airport (NPL). Sanctuary Hill is located only 15 minutes drive from the airport. Sanctuary Hill is happy to organize a shuttle service with an independent specialized company that normally charges 35 NZD one-way.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Friday March 19, 2021
Departure: Monday March 22, 2021

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