4 Days Heal Body & Soul Yoga Retreat in New Zealand

  • 16 Reotahi Road, McLeod Bay, Whangarei Heads, Northland, New Zealand

New Zealand Yoga Retreat

If you are looking for a place to unwind, Why Retreat is your perfect slice of paradise. Wake up to a symphony of birdsong, sunrise over a skyline of rocky spires, and a panoramic view of the bay. The scenery from your own private deck is constantly changing as the tide ebbs and flows across the sandbank, and lighting plays on the rocks of the mountain. You will never be tired of this palette of colors and textures. A stream with native bush provides a spot for secluded meditation. Healthy meals, daytime or evening yoga classes, access to personal training, massage, reiki treatments, hiking and swimming complete your relaxation.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Free time to explore the area
  • 3 nights cozy accommodation
  • Stream side mediation area for you own practice
  • Far Infrared Sauna available
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Daily dinner and supper
  • 3 days with instruction
  • French, Spanish, English
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Your room has been designed with your comfort in mind, and a blend of privacy and interaction with your hosts to suit every need.

Monday

Arrival in the afternoon

18.00 Yoga Classes.

Tuesday

Begin with morning mediation by a secluded stream or simply enjoy a delicious breakfast. Attend a yoga session at 08.30 or 09.30 in the morning and then enjoy the peace and tranquility of the area, go for a hike or a swim. A packed lunch can be arranged. Dinner will be available at 19.00.

Wednesday

Morning meditation can be followed by breakfast then the day is yours. Again, a packed lunch can be provided. Yoga begins at 18.00 and will be followed by a late supper.

Thursday

  • Take some time in the morning to enjoy breakfast and soak in the lovely views.
Activities
  • Fitness center
  • Golf course nearby
  • Gym
  • Kayak nearby
  • Massage
General
  • Caf nearby
  • Restaurant

Abseiling

Check out pubs and cafes

Fishing

Golfing

Hike to your heart's content

Immerse in art galleries

Kayaking

Reiki and massage

Visit Kiwi habitat

Visit Abby Caves

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and supper
  • Meditation sessions
  • Yoga sessions

Driving directions

A car is recommended to fully explore the area. Drive along the waters edge to scenic Whangarei Heads, 2.5 hours north of Auckland, just 30 minutes from central Whangarei, or 20 minutes from Whangarei Airport.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

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    Review by Melanie Walsh from New Zealand

    Peaceful getaway

    CONS Cons: Nothing

    PROS Pros: The food, hospitality and yoga was amazing, I felt welcomed and really got to relax

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Jun-27 00:54:43

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    Review by Katrina Angelo from New Zealand

    Yoga in paradise

    7.5 Value for money
    7.5 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    7.5 Quality of activity
    7.5 Overall impression

    2017-Apr-25 08:40:52

  • Review by Marion Honan - van Dam from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Well now, I had a great week at WHY, the Yoga and Pilates exercises where great. Also the homework Jo gave me are very much appreciated. Besides this I can mention that the meals where really cared after, I enjoyed the Hikings. But most of all I couldn't stop watching the astonishing ocean views. With one word what an awesome place for a retreat. One thing is a bit awkward and that's when you are only traveling with public transport, then it asked some creativity to organised how to come and go from WH. I hope this review will do for your website. Sincerely, Marion Honan - van Dam."

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  • Review by Kate Edmonds
    10 out of 10

    "My stay at Whangarei Heads Yoga was quite enjoyable. The situation of the venue is actually beautiful. They were beautiful places to walk in the area and it is quiet and calm, a perfect spot for Yoga. I was a little disappointed that there was not as much yoga teaching as I had been expecting. Perhaps I didn't check beforehand. Just three or four hours in total during a four day stay. Jo is a very good teacher. We were provided with three meals a day. The help-yourself breakfast, a salad lunch and a warm supper. The food was basic but nutritious. Two of the three bedrooms look out over the McLeods Bay and enjoy a really beautiful view, as does the living room. I found myself in the side bedroom which really didn't have any outlook sadly, but I suppose it's just the luck of the draw. All the best."

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  • Review by Glen
    10 out of 10

    "Rob and Jo have an amazing place and it is truly and awesome area for hiking, swimming, and rejuvenating at such a fantastic part of New Zealand."

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  • Review by Joanne
    10 out of 10

    "I had a great time at WHY Retreat. We were very well looked after by our friendly hosts, well-fed, and accommodated comfortably. I would thoroughly recommend WHY for a relaxing and invigorating getaway."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Peter Francis

    "‘A room with a view’, is an overused expression on accommodation web-sites, they can’t all have it but WHY retreat does. The view in the pictures is what I see every morning as I wake up, every-day I write in the lounge, every time I do a Yoga class and last thing at night. In fact, whatever part of the retreat you are in, you’re guaranteed at least a mountain face to look at. Speaking of mountain faces, there two within 5 minutes’ walk with well led tracks and steps all the way to the top where stunning scenery awaits (picture below). You’ll get a sweat up but only for an hour or two, depending on which one you choose. This means there’s no need for bringing half the house and you can do them more than once. You can walk a 2.5-mile loop around the mountain if you prefer the flat. If you fancy a swim, you simply have to choose which almost private swimming bay you prefer (there are lots). A little further afield but still only 4 miles or so are smugglers bay (in the picture) and ocean beach. Beautiful white sand and turquoise colour ocean. Back at the ranch Yoga starts every morning at 9am, if you’re an early bird, like me these days, you might even get a ramble around the mountain beforehand. Jo provides a beautiful lunch and dinner every day. I’ve never eaten such nutritiously rich food that was at the same time so tasty. A detox without the pain. Ample snacks and breakfast options are kept well stocked within the fridge each day. There’s WIFI between 7am and 10pm, perfect if you enjoy being the wilderness but not cut off completely. There are some small local cafes and places to eat, but not many – I very much enjoyed this. It is amazing the crap you can do without when it is unavailable or at least unavailable without significant effort. Good food, exercise, nature, reading and writing formed the perfect get-away for me. I could lose the city but not my mind."

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  • Review by Kerry from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I recently stayed at the WHY retreat with my partner and we both had a fantastic time during our 6-night stay and would highly recommend the WHY retreat as a travel destination. Whangarei Heads was the last stop on our 3-week trip to NZ and was the perfect location to relax, unwind and refocus after several busy weeks of travel and activities. The WHY retreat is situated just above McLeod bay and provides an impressive view of the ocean and surrounding area. Whangarei Heads is a peaceful and idyllic community and offers great access to impressive beaches, forests and mountains. Many great excursions, either short or long, can be had from the WHY retreat location, and our hosts (Jo and Rob) provided good information and recommendations on some 'must-see' points of interest in the surrounding area. Whangarei Heads also provides good access to other areas of Northland, including the Bay of Islands which is only a 1.5 hour drive from WHY. Jo and Rob were friendly and accommodating hosts and provided us with fresh and healthy meals, as per our arrangement. We really enjoyed the food and our conversations with Rob and Jo during our stay. From our experience, Jo is an experienced and knowledgeable health and wellness practitioner, and we very much enjoyed the yoga classes that were provided during our stay. The morning yoga classes were a great way to start our day, and we appreciated the diversity in the styles of classes provided, and the helpful cues and adjustment that helped us improve our postures and practice. We would love to stay at WHY retreat again,and are happy to recommend this business based on the accommodation, meals, and yoga classed that we enjoyed."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "I recently stayed at the WHY retreat with my partner and we both had a fantastic time during our 6-night stay and would highly recommend the WHY retreat as a travel destination. Whangarei Heads was the last stop on our 3-week trip to NZ and was the perfect location to relax, unwind and refocus after several busy weeks of travel and activities. The WHY retreat is situated just above McLeod bay and provides an impressive view of the ocean and surrounding area. Whangarei Heads is a peaceful and idyllic community and offers great access to impressive beaches, forests and mountains. Many great excursions, either short or long, can be had from the WHY retreat location, and our hosts (Jo and Rob) provided good information and recommendations on some 'must-see' points of interest in the surrounding area. Whangarei Heads also provides good access to other areas of Northland, including the Bay of Islands which is only a 1.5 hour drive from WHY. Jo and Rob were friendly and accommodating hosts and provided us with fresh and healthy meals, as per our arrangement. We really enjoyed the food and our conversations with Rob and Jo during our stay. From our experience, Jo is an experienced and knowledgeable health and wellness practitioner, and we very much enjoyed the yoga classes that were provided during our stay. The morning yoga classes were a great way to start our day, and we appreciated the diversity in the styles of classes provided, and the helpful cues and adjustment that helped us improve our postures and practice. We would love to stay at WHY retreat again,and are happy to recommend this business based on the accommodation, meals, and yoga classed that we enjoyed."

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  • Review by Jillian from USA
    10 out of 10

    "What an amazing experience! WHY YOGA at Whangarei Heads was an absolute treat. The view from the house is breath-taking, beautiful beaches to explore and a lovely hostess who provides healthy and delicious meals!"

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  • Review by Laura from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you Jo so much for an amazing relaxing trip. It was the vacation of a life time!"

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  • Review by Uli from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for an amazing time! I especially enjoyed the one on one session. Jo, You are a magician!"

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  • Review by Rhi from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I had a great time and thank you very much for what I've learnt with you and your great classes."

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  • Review by Zana from Whangarei
    10 out of 10

    "Walked with a skip in my step and a smile and thought, " Jo's Yoga makes me happy." Thanks Jo!"

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  • Review by Chrissy from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for a lovely relaxing and restorative week of yoga and fun. The food was delicious, and Rob’s desert was especially yummy. Thanks to Rob for the boat trip – it was fabulous! I have made some wonderful memories and met some lovely people. Love and light to you both."

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  • Review by Eileen from Dunedin
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you Rob and Jo for a wonderful week. It has been relaxing and informative and fun. The food was amazing, lovely and tasty, very healthy and appreciated it being natural and not processed. You are great hosts. Your knowledge of the area was appreciated. I feel so relaxed and spoilt!"

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  • Review by Suzanne from Auckland
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you so much for this time. I have gained an experience I would never have ventured on and hope to continue doing yoga. What a wonderful couple you are."

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  • Review by Roshni
    10 out of 10

    "Stayed here for 2 days as an individual retreat - it was fabulous! Jo was very welcoming and accomodating. Amazing views/location, great to have access to yoga classes and food was good too! There are some great walks nearby and it is 15 mins drive to Ocean Beach which is the most beautiful pristine white sand beach with calm waves to have a dip in."

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  • Review by Emily from UK
    10 out of 10

    "Prior to the retreat at WHY I had been to a workshop before and had been struggling with balance. As a result of attending the “Find Balance in your Life” workshop at WHY I now feel stronger knowing that I’m on the right path and doing the right things. The workshop, the accommodation, the free time, the hospitality and the food all exceeded my expectations."

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  • Review by Ffion from Wales
    10 out of 10

    "Attended a yoga retreat here at the beginning of February. I have never been to one before, and was traveling alone, Jo is a very friendly host and the accommodation made me feel right at home. Lucky enough to have a very comfortable room with a balcony over looking the bay. Enjoyable and healthy meals were provided. Great yoga and Pilates classes daily, with friendly locals also attending! It's located in a lovely spot, with great walks if feeling adventurous, with stunning bays less than 10 minutes drive away."

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  • Review by Louise D>
    10 out of 10

    "I've had a very restful and tranquil time staying here. Jo is an amazing cook serving up delicious vegetarian healthy meals each lunch and dinner. Yoga classes were relaxed and welcoming. I'd recommend to anyone wanting 'time out' and a kick start to a healthy lifestyle."

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  • Review by Sander from Belgium
    10 out of 10

    "I enjoyed my week at the WHY very much. The place is amazing, beautiful rooms, shared living, dining room and kitchen for the guests. The view from the deck over the bay is amazing to relax in the afternoon or evening, plenty of walking trails around in stunning scenery and healthy delicious meals every day. Jo and Rob are such a friendly and wonderful couple they make it the perfect place to relax and recharge. I would recommend this to everyone!"

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  • Review by Kim B. from Christchurch, New Zealand
    10 out of 10

    "We enjoyed great views across the bay from a lovely room which opened onto the deck. The meals were delicious and the yoga classes were a huge benefit. Jo and Rob were superb hosts and I would recommend taking the time to enjoy their retreat for anyone looking to rest, relax and revive."

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  • Review by Deborah from Auckland
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you, the rest was just what we needed. The lovely company, food, and yoga were the unexpected icing on the cake. We will see you again. You guys were fantastic!"

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  • Review by Matt
    10 out of 10

    "I really enjoyed being off the grid and relaxing for a few days with time to enjoy the scenery and amazing bush walks. The yoga was very relaxing and the entire experience was rejuvenating."

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  • Review by Sandra
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks for giving us the opportunity to go to this wonderful paradise. The surroundings, accommodation, yoga experience and group were all well chosen."

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  • Review by Sarah
    10 out of 10

    "I really enjoyed my time away at the Why Retreat. The walks were a great challenge with amazing views throughout both hill walks. I loved the opportunity to learn more about Yoga and experience some new Yoga techniques throughout the weekend. Definitely a great place to go and relax for a few days."

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  • Review by Pam from Whangarei Heads
    10 out of 10

    "I have been attending a gym of one form or another for a good number of years. Really haven't seen much change in fitness, fatness, or weight levels. Motivation became extremely difficult to raise. The manager at Anytime Fitness suggested I consult a personal trainer and recommended Jo Woollacott. Jo is the kind of person who can focus on you exclusively. She is always interested in you and your achievements. At my age (64), I have started with internal problems and Jo always has a remedy. She is a personal trainer in every sense of the word. She has an amazing touch and gets to the base of any problem very quickly. At the same time, I am not pushed to do more than is possible for me and she always has my best interests at heart. Jo is a valuable asset to Anytime Fitness."

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  • Review by Bernadett from Whangarei Heads
    10 out of 10

    "I went for a kayak this morning and concentrated for a full hour on the core. I was bracing my knees as that is also all connected to the core and guess what? No sore right arm. Felt really good on my return. Though i must say, it was pretty calm out there. Also, I saw a baby seal sunning him or herself on a rock."

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  • Review by Sonya from Warkworth
    10 out of 10

    "I am a dance teacher in my mid-thirties and have suffered from a variety of neck problems and pain for approximately 10 years. I have seen many physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, and quacks in an attempt to find some lasting relief from the tension and muscle spasms that plague my shoulders and neck. I was referred to Jo by my mother and I can truly claim that I have finally found the answer to my pain problems. Jo's initial assessment and treatment was swift and accurate, and by using her pressure point technique, she dealt to the problem areas. The headaches stopped and I could turn my head again. To my surprise, I did not suffer any pain the following day, which usually happens after an intense physio massage, and the relief I felt from Jo's treatment lasted at lot longer than any other treatment I have ever had. I fully intend booking further appointments with Jo whenever I am in Whangarei. Jo also helped me with some core stability exercises. I have sought help in this area from other personal trainers, but thanks to Jo's easy to understand explanations and exercises, I finally found the muscles I have been trying to target. I discovered that I have been exercising the wrong muscles (outer abdominals) for years now. I look forward to seeing Jo again in the very near future."

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  • Review by Wendy from Whangarei Heads
    10 out of 10

    "I am loving your yoga, which is a big highlight of the week for me. I look forward to it every Monday, really. I have never felt so enthusiastic about it before and I can feel my yoga improving every week. Your teaching clicks with me and is spot on, many many thanks. Cannot believe it that you are a hop skip and jump from me, we are so lucky!"

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  • Review by Lisa
    10 out of 10

    "Jo, I just want to say how fantastic your class was today, as always. But particularly today, because even though I had some of my usual challenges in moments of it, I have felt incredible, almost normal, with more vertical integrity than for ages, and without pain all day since class! Thank you so much for your well balanced, nicely challenging, yet sensitively delivered classes. I am so so grateful for everything you have been doing to help me get free of pain. A huge breakthrough!"

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  • Review by Franz and Viki from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "We spent a great, exciting, and fun week with Jo and her husband Rob, living in a nice and comfy caravan with a beautiful view on the ocean. This property has an amazing energy and can make your stay be a retreat for mind, body, and soul, even as a woofer. We even joined one of Jo's yogalates hours and had a yummy dinner together with them. Our project was building a paddio in front of the studio and gardening work. We gained a lot of building experience and had much fun finishing the project with Rob. Jo and Rob are both very special people, kind, helpful, nice, and caring. It was a pleasure to meet them. Whangarei Heads is definitely a beautiful place to stay and full of great spots waiting for you!"

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  • Review by Hilary from Wellington
    10 out of 10

    "Hi Jo and Rob! Just wanted to let you know that Jo and I had a wonderful time on our yoga retreat with you a few weeks back. I have been speaking highly of you to all my yoga friends down here, which is the best advertising you can get. Cheers to you both and all the best with your journey forward."

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  • Review by Stene from Christchurch
    10 out of 10

    "What a perfect little place to rest and recover! Wonderful hosts and the location is paradise. Food, ambience, and good books to read. Be as energetic or as relaxed as you want."

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  • Review by Lydia and Chris from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "From our room, we had a lovely view on the sea and the stunning countryside of Whangarei Heads. Everything is new in the accommodation and our room was nicely done up. The bed was comfortable and the rooms and facilities were very clean. We felt as snug as a bug in a rug. An amazing and quiet beach was not far away where you can go for a swim or just sunbathing. We did also some walks. One was quite easy the other one to Mount Manaia, which was a little bit exhausting, but you get amply rewarded be the view. We attended a few of Jo's yoga classes and it was really nice. Perfect to exercise your body and relax at once. Jo and Rob were lovely, helpful, and kind hosts. The meals were delicious, healthy, and always freshly cooked. We had everything we needed and more. We would highly recommend and will definitely come back!"

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  • Review by Johannes from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "I enjoyed the retreat and was even able to start learning yoga. Another highlight was the visit to Blue Moon and Rob and Jo's beautiful hand built sailing boat. Would have loved to stay for a longer time!"

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  • Review by Lisa from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "I have felt incredible, and without pain all day since class! I really appreciate the well-balanced, nicely challenging, yet sensitively delivered classes. I am so grateful toward Why Retreat for everything they have been doing to help me get free of pain, huge breakthrough!"

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  • Review by Cathy from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "I have not done the nostril breathing for year. It is very calming. The pace of the yoga classes and the words spoken by yoga instructor that gave us a choice in the poses are very useful."

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Northland, New Zealand

WHY Retreat offers fitness coaching experiences that combine healthy meals, yoga, meditation, personal training, massage, and Reiki.

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This vacation is available all year round with arrival on Monday and departure on Thursday.

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