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Wellness and Yoga Retreat New Zealand

The mad period leading up to Christmas can leave you feeling stressed and exhausted. This retreat gives you the opportunity to unwind before the flurry of holiday activities, set some goals for next year, and put in place strategies to help you stay calm through it all. You will be able to enjoy your own private deck, cozy guest lounge with library, use of a FAR infrared sauna, stream-side meditation area, a well-equipped gym, and a yoga studio.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • FAR infrared sauna available
  • 1 complimentary 60-minute spa treatment
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • Free time for relaxing

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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All guests will be staying at WHY Retreat. The rooms are designed to provide a comfortable private experience with two single or twin rooms sharing one bathroom and one queen room with en-suite bathroom. The guest area has its own kitchenette and lounge.

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.

WHY Retreat New Zealand Yoga Retreat Program

Take this opportunity to rest, relax, and unwind! There is plenty of free time to read, enjoy the fabulous views from your room, curl up with a book in the cozy guest lounge, or set off on one of the awesome scenic hikes around the area.

Your retreat includes accommodation, meals, yoga, and one complimentary 60-minute private session of your choice. 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 or cosmetic consultations.

Sample daily schedule


  • Arrival and orientation

Monday to Wednesday

  • Daily yoga classes, one-on-one sessions available, and free time


  • Free time for hiking and relaxing

Friday to Saturday

  • Daily yoga classes, one-on-one sessions available, and free time


  • Yoga class and departure


Jo Woollacott
Jo Woollacott is the owner of WHY Retreat and offers retreats from her yoga studio and B&B at Whangarei Heads. She has been teaching yoga for over 35 years and is also a certified Pilates instructor. She is a Kaizen holistic health practitioner, a REPS registered personal trainer, and endorsed by the Exercise Association of New Zealand to provide SMEAEP tax deductible stress management programs.

Retreat location

WHY Retreat is surrounded by the iconic landscape of Mountain Manaia and overlooks McLeod Bay. Northland is often called the winterless north for its mild winter climate. 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.

Nearby places

  • Central Whangarei - 30 minutes
  • Darch Point Walk - 1 hour
  • Mount Manaia - 5 minutes
  • North of Auckland, New Zealand - 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Ocean Beach - 10 minutes
  • Reotahi Point Walk - 30 minutes



  • Fishing nearby
  • Golf course nearby
  • Gym
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking / trekking nearby
  • Reiki
  • Sauna
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Tennis court nearby


  • Beach nearby
  • Café nearby
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga studio


  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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The price of this retreat includes all meals. Breakfast ingredients are provided (seasonal fresh fruit, home-made yogurt, and muesli) to be enjoyed in your own time. Vegetarian lunch and dinner with vegan and gluten free options are also available. Your meals will be inventive and nutritious, but if you prefer to have a meal outside, there are cafés are nearby.

Things to do (optional)

There is plenty of free time to read, enjoy the fabulous views from your room, or set off on one of the awesome scenic hikes around the area. WHY Retreat is located on a diverse and beautiful peninsula, which offers many hikes for all levels of fitness ranging from 45 minutes to five hours. Whatever it is, this retreat is designed for you to exercise, rest, eat right, meditate, relax, and enjoy nature.

The beaches at Whangarei Heads include world class surf, long white sand, sheltered swimming bays, and rugged rocky coastline. Snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, and other water sports are available for you to enjoy, as well. The area is rich in bird life, including a kiwi habitat, and boasts a wide variety of local flora, including a giant Kauri tree. There are many other activities nearby including golf, tennis, scenic flights, abseiling, and much more for you to enjoy and explore.

Spa treatments

The price of this retreat includes one complimentary 60-minute private session of your choice (holistic coaching, personal training, yoga, massage, or Reiki). Spa facilities include the use of a FAR infrared sauna, stream side meditation area, and a well-equipped gym.

There are a number of natural health practitioners and sessions can be arranged for acupuncture, Bowen therapy, craniosacral therapy, EFT tapping, natural skincare, and cosmetic consultations. You can make reservations for an extra cost.

What's included

  • 1 60-minute private spa treatment of your choice
  • 6 days of yoga classes
  • 7 nights cozy accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

What's not included

  • Additional meals
  • Additional spa treatments
  • Airfare
  • Extra activities
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Auckland Airport (AKL).

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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