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7 Days Winter Yoga Retreat in New Zealand

Whangarei Heads Yoga Retreat, 16 Reotahi Road, McLeod Bay, Whangarei Heads, Northland, New Zealand

Wellness Yoga Retreat New Zealand

Reset your inner self with a personal retreat combining yoga, therapeutic sessions and immersion in nature. The best thing to do in winter is to rest and be! WHY Retreat have packaged up a week guaranteed to support you to take deep rest and rejuvenate. Your retreat includes attendance to one daily yoga class, and one complimentary 60-minute individual session of your choice (acupuncture, yoga, massage, reiki, spiritual readings).

Meet the instructors


  • All yoga classes
  • Acces to the far infrared sauna
  • Access to fitness and training studio
  • Acupuncture, yoga, massage, reiki, spiritual readings
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All meals included

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction
Airport transfer available:
Whangarei Airport (US$33 per person)
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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.


Whangarei Heads Yoga Retreat provides well being to heal body and soul. Whangarei Heads Yoga Retreat offers accommodation and access to facilities and services for those who want to relax and take a break from their everyday cares. A wide range of additional therapeutic sessions are also available locally, including Bowen therapy, cranio-sacral therapy, EFT tapping and natural skincare and cosmetic consultations. Enjoy time off to curl up with a book, enjoy the stunning views from your room, or do some walking meditation on the awesome scenic hikes in our area. Your elegantly appointed accommodation opens onto private decks for sun and sea breezes.


Yoga teaches flexibility, strength, balance, postural alignment, and encourages mind-body awareness for self healing. Yoga will make you feel strong and energetic, it will improve your balance, increase mobility, reduce joint and arthritic pain, strengthen your back, and stretch your body.

Classes are tailored to the needs of participants and focus on postural alignment. Yoga classes are for all levels, suitable for beginners and those with restricted mobility or injury. Stronger options will be given for those with previous experience of yoga.

Meditation and the Stream

Visit the meditation area beside the stream and contemplate what the stream has to teach you about life.

Mount Manaia

Manaia is the guardian, the carrier of supernatural powers. It is said to be the messenger between the earthly world of mortals, and the domain of the spirits. The Manaia is a holder of great spiritual energy and is a guardian against evil.

Stone circle

When WHY Retreat excavated for their house, they came across five huge rocks that could not be moved. These now form a stone circle around the building.


Jo Woollacott

Retreat location

This retreat will be held at WHY Retreat in Whangarei Heads, New Zealand. With the sheltered beaches of the Whangarei harbor on one side, the sweep of the Pacific Ocean on the other, and dotted with small close knit communities, taking some time out in this wonderland is a must.

The Bream Head Scenic Reserve is classified as an outstanding ecosystem supporting a diversity of species, contains unique archaeological and historical landscape. It represents the largest area of coastal Pohutukawa-Broadleaf forest remaining in Northland, and one of the best in the country.

Mount Manaia hike is classed in the top 10-day hikes for New Zealand. The Te Whara hike from Bream 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.

Nearby places

  • Darch Point Walk - 1 hour
  • Mount Manaia - 5 minutes
  • Ocean beach - 10 minutes
  • Reotahi Point Walk - 30 minutes

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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The retreat includes food for all meals. Breakfast and lunch foods are provided for self-catering and an evening vegetarian meal with gluten-free, dairy-free food will be prepared for you. If you prefer to have meal out there is a cafes nearby and a local English style pub with lunch and evening meals available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
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)

There are many things to do in Whangarei Heads ant its surroundings. The diversity of the scenery may surprise you, starting with the scenic drive out from Whangarei city center which winds around the harbor through pretty seaside communities. Mount Manaia and Mount Aubrey offer a stunning backdrop and challenging hikes just five minutes from the Whangarei Heads Yoga Retreat, and part of the Te Araroa trail which stretches 3000 kilometers from North Cape to Bluff.

Ocean beach, a world class surf beach featuring miles of fine white sand, is accessible by a 10 minute drive or a five hour hike across the headland ridge. Smugglers Bay and the Reotahi Marine reserve offer snorkeling and protected swimming beaches. Take a small boat over to the sandbank to watch the seabirds digging for shellfish.

The local activities include a visit to a giant Kauri tree nearby, the local natural Kiwi habitat, abseiling, kayaking, scenic flights, caves, tennis, bowls, golf, cafes, pubs and restaurants, art galleries and the Easter art trail, or fishing off the McLeod Bay wharf, where you are bound to meet some interesting characters.

Besides Kiwi, you are likely to hear or see many other native birds in the stream side bush and the surrounding reserves.

Enjoy the wonderful scenery, look out for birds, and stop for a swim. Take water and a snack, and don’t forget the camera as the views are often breathtaking!

Walking distance trekking paths

  • Darch Point walk - 1 hour loop track from WHY Retreat through bush around the point past the McLeod Bay Wharf and the historic Settlers Church.
  • Early Settlers Cemetary walk - 1 hour return from WHY Retreat along the beach at McLeod Bay.
  • Mount Aubrey Track - 1.5 to 2 hours loop track which goes over Mount Aubrey and includes the Reotahi point walk.
  • Mount Manaia track 3.5 kilometers is the ultimate climb in the area for bush and views. Approximately three hours return from WHY Retreat.
  • Reotahi Point walk - a 30-minutes return walk from WHY Retreat to Reotahi Beach. Swim or snorkel at the Marine reserve or wander around the ruins of the freezing works.

Driving distance to parking area at the track heads (five to 20 minutes)

  • Bream Head / Te Whara track (seven kilometers and half) - a reasonable level of fitness, skill, and experience is needed to walk the main tracks at Bream Head. Five hours of hard steep tramping with links to several other tracks.
  • Busby Head track - 1 hour loop. An easy walk takes you around Busby Head to Smugglers Bay, passing the World War Two gun emplacement at Home Point.
  • Kauri Mountain track three kilometers - 1.5 hours. Walking from the north side gives great coastal views, from the south side you walk in lovely kauri bush.
  • Pataua Island track - a short walk that skirts the Pataua estuary and goes to a lovely beach. The walk is flat and easy.
  • Peach Cove track (three kilometers and half) - a rather steep two hour track over a saddle to a secluded cove.
  • Smugglers Cove - an easy 20 minute walk straight over the saddle from the car park to a fabulous beach.
  • Taiharuru estuary - a low tide you can reach in two hours' walk (seven kilometers)

Spa treatments

This retreat includes attendance to one complimentary acupuncture, massage, spiritual reading, and yoga. Additional therapeutic sessions are available. The area has a number of natural health practitioners and sessions can be arranged for acupuncture, Bowen therapy, craniosacral therapy, EFT tapping, and natural skincare and cosmetic consultations.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All meals included
  • Access to the far infrared sauna
  • Access to hiking
  • Daily yoga classes and meditation

What's not included

  • Extra activities
  • Transportation to the retreat

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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