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Yoga Retreat New Zealand

Looking for more balance in your life? This retreat close to nature is the one for you! Choose your combination of solitude and activities for your perfect retreat. You will leave feeling relaxed, energized, and motivated. You will get to enjoy yoga and meditation as well as immersing yourself in nature on the beautiful Whangarei Heads Peninsula. Your hikes include two of New Zealand's top 10 great walks, just a few steps from your accommodation.

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  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Spectacular sea views from your private deck
  • Hikes ranging from flat beach walks to five-hour mountain trails
  • Beautiful mountain area and surrounding beaches
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 5 nights accommodation

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer available:
Whangarei Airport (US$34 per person)
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  • Gym
  • Sauna
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

The rooms at the WHY Retreat are designed to provide a comfortable private experience with two single or twin rooms sharing one bathroom and one queen room with ensuite bathroom. Your room is elegantly appointed, new, and clean. The guest area has its own kitchenette and lounge. Facilities include guest lounge with library and deck, use of a FAR infrared sauna, stream side meditation area, a well-equipped gym, and yoga studio. A COVID compliant cleaning regime is in force for your safety.

Bay view room

This room overlooks McLeod Bay and is a spacious and comfortable double room, which offers a stunning ocean view. Its private deck is the ideal place to sunbathe surrounded by native trees and relax to the sound of the birds. The room has a large double bed, but twin beds can be arranged on request. There is also a private ocean view deck in this room.

Manaia suite

The Manaia suite is a deluxe queen room with en-suite bathroom. Enjoy expansive views of the bay from your private deck and sunrise over Mountain Manaia from your bed. Wake up to a symphony of birdsong, sunrise over a skyline of rocky spires, and a panoramic view of the bay.

The scenery is constantly changing as the tide ebbs and flows across the sandbank, and lighting plays on the rocks of the mountain. The room has private ocean view deck and dual orientation with view on McLeod Bay and Mountain Manaia.

Rosella's nest

The Rosella's nest is a twin room named after the parrot found in Northland and that lives in the area surrounding the yoga retreat. The tiled bathroom with Italian shower is shared with one other room.

Its private deck is the ideal place to sunbathe surrounded by native trees and relax to the sound of the birds.The room has two beds, but double bed can be arranged on request. This room also has a private ocean view deck.



  • Arrival afternoon, hike, yoga, meditation


  • Yoga, hike, optional massage (at extra cost) afternoon activity (yoga or workshop), mediation


  • Sunrise yoga, hike, afternoon activity (yoga or workshop), mediation


  • Yoga, hike, optional massage (at extra cost) afternoon activity (yoga or workshop), mediation


  • Yoga, hike, afternoon activity (yoga or workshop), mediation


  • Yoga, morning departure

Included excursions

  • Darch Point walk
  • Mount Aubrey loop walk
  • Mount Manaia hike
  • Ocean Beach walk
  • Smugglers Cove hike and beach walk
  • Te Whara track walk


Jo Woollacott

Retreat location

WHY Retreat is located in Northland, New Zealand which has recently been ranked third by Lonely Planet in the top 10 destinations in the Asia Pacific. The Whangarei Heads Peninsula is a rural area just 30 minutes out of Whangarei City at the heart of Northland, offering unsurpassed scenic views, pristine beaches and some of the best hiking in New Zealand.

The Mount Manaia hike, just 5 minutes from WHY, is classed in the top 10-day hikes for New Zealand. The Te Whara hike from Bream's head to Smugglers Cove is classed in the top 10-day hikes in New Zealand and part of the 3000 kilometers Te Araroa track between Cape Reinga in the north to Bluff in the south.

Unique features


  • Gym
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking
  • Pilates
  • Reiki
  • Sauna
  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Swimming


  • Balcony
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace


  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Breakfast and lunch food will be provided for self-catering and a delicious vegetarian dinner will be prepared for a shared evening meal.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

In addition to the hikes included in the itinerary, you can also book tours with kayaks, abseiling, explore local caves, and much more.

Spa treatments

A massage session is available upon request at an additional class. Guests are also welcome to use the far infrared sauna, also available at an additional cost.

What's included

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation class
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily hikes and walks

What's not included

  • Extra activities
  • Additional tours
  • Additional treatments

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Auckland Airport (AKL). Whangarei is a three-hour drive from Auckland Airport (AKL). Alternately, the local airport at Whangarei is 30-minute drive from WHY Retreat. WHY Retreat usually recommends people take the bus or fly to the Whangarei Airport. They can either pick you up from there if they are going to Whangarei that day or help arrange a shuttle for you at a cost of 50 NZD.

Airport: Whangarei Airport Airport transfer available: Whangarei Airport (US$34 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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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