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Wellness Yoga Retreat New Zealand

Reset your inner self with a personal retreat combining yoga, therapeutic sessions, and nature. New Zealand’s Northland is often called ”the winterless north” for its mild winter climate. WHY Retreat has packaged up a week guaranteed to send you home relaxed and rejuvenated. Your retreat includes attendance to all the scheduled yoga and pilates classes, and one complimentary 60 minute private session you can choose between personal training, yoga, massage, or reiki.


  • All yoga classes
  • Acces to the far infrared sauna
  • Access to fitness and training studio
  • One complimentary private massage, personal training, reiki, or yoga class
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals included

Skill level

  • Beginner


8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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All accommodation at WHY Retreat has a wide array of services and facilities to help relax and re-energize, like free scheduled yoga classes, access to fitness and training studio, far infrared sauna, massages, reiki, gaïa, healthy lunches and dinners, free Wi-Fi, free parking, BBQ area with free to use barbecue.

The 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 Mount 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 Mount Manaia.

The 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, and a private ocean view deck.

WHY Retreat Yoga Holidays New Zealand Program

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.


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.


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.

Nearby places

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



  • Fishing nearby
  • Fitness center
  • Golf course nearby
  • Hiking
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage
  • Pilates
  • Reiki
  • Rock climbing
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Swimming nearby


  • Barbecue facilities
  • Beach nearby
  • Cafe nearby
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio


  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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The retreat includes all meals. Breakfast ingredients are provided (seasonal fresh fruit, home made yogurt, and muesli) for you to enjoy in your own time. Vegetarian lunch and dinner with vegan and gluten free options are served to you. The meals are inventive and nutritious, but if you prefer to have a meal out, there are cafes nearby.

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 60-minutes private session of your choice (personal training, yoga, massage, or reiki). 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

  • 1 complimentary private massage, personal training, reiki, or yoga class
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Access to the far infrared sauna
  • Access to fitness and training studio
  • All meals included
  • All yoga classes

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.