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Soothing Meditation and Yoga Retreat New Zealand

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

Surrounded by one of New Zealand’s best examples of natural beauty, you will learn yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices that promote a calm mind, a strong and relaxed body, and happiness. This retreat is designed to help deepen your practice with an emphasis on traditional yoga joining all five bodies for a holistic experience that can be enjoyed by beginners or more experienced yogis.

Meet the instructors


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Learn traditional teachings
  • Yoga philosophy discussions
  • Free time to reflect and rest
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Healthy meals
  • Hike in nature

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction
Airport transfer available:
Whangarei Airport (US$33 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.

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.


The work WHY Retreat do here helps people connect with their authentic selves and move along their path. WHY Retreat offers a sanctuary to safely explore your own inner depths. Yoga, meditation, healthy nourishing food, the beauty of nature, time to rest, and personal coaching all contribute to a gentle unwinding so that you might find the space you need to heal.

The teachers at WHY Retreat come from a variety of different modalities. WHY Retreat has an exchange program for visiting yoga teachers and each has something to offer to the retreat and its guests. No two retreats will be the same. The mixture of guests and teachers will bring a new dynamic to each experience. WHY Retreat is passionate about their purpose and trust that whoever arrives at their retreat is perfectly placed on their path at that time.

The quiet, unspoiled beaches and bushwalking bring you close to nature. Spectacular views from the retreat give you a chance to recharge. Delicious home-cooked meals will nourish you. Enjoy yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and hiking in nature with traditional teachings. This retreat will leave you feeling energized and refreshed.



  • Arrival afternoon, optional hike, yoga, meditation


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


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


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


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


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


  • Sunrise yoga, morning departure


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.


Included in the price are daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please take note vegan, gluten-free, and other dietary requirements can be accommodated. For more information, kindly send WHY retreat an inquiry.

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)

The Whangarei Heads area has a number of natural health practitioners and sessions can be arranged for acupuncture, Bowen therapy, craniosacral therapy, EFT tapping, massage, and natural skincare and cosmetic consultations as well as holistic coaching, personal training, yoga, massage or Reiki.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Meditation sessions
  • Yoga philosophy discussions
  • Local hikes with instruction
  • Free time to reflect
  • 2 of New Zealand's top 10 hikes are at WHY Retreat doorstep

What's not included

  • Acupuncture
  • Bowen therapy
  • Craniosacral therapy
  • EFT Tapping
  • Massage and natural skincare
  • Cosmetic consultations
  • Holistic coaching, personal training, yoga, massage, or reiki

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Whangarei Airport (WRE). Airport transfers are not included. For more information on how to reach the retreat venue, please send an inquiry to WHY Retreat.

Airport: Whangarei Airport Airport transfer available: Whangarei Airport (US$33 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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