The retreat centre was the perfect location for our group of 15 + 5 kids and was a bit hit with everyone! The yurt was a special place to meditate together in a beautiful setting! The facilities were exceptionally clean, warm and well stocked with everything we needed for communal cooking. We had more than enough space and the beds were very comfortable with high quality linens/bedding. Andy was welcoming and the attention to detail and care taken of the buildings and property is very evident! Due to the building layout and preference of the owners that outdoor shoes are removed at the doors to the common areas (to understandably keep the carpeted areas free of mud in the winter season), I would recommend bringing a footwear option which is easy to slip on and off. We look forward to using this space again in the future! Jenn- Diamond Way Buddhist Group Wellington …
We had a wonderful stay in one of the cabins. We woke to views of the mountains, walked through the forest and swam in the river. In the evenings we could light the log fire in the cabin and listen to the cicadas nearby. The bed was super comfortable, with lovely linen and towels and our hosts couldn’t have been more helpful. We loved the yurt, an amazing space. We shall return the next time we make the journey from England. Thank you Rhian and Andy for making our stay so memorable.
I attended a conference here and highly recommend the facilities and setting. The woodstoves kept us warm, the newly revamped bathrooms were a treat, and the natural surroundings provided lovely walks through bush to the river. The outdoor bath (like a spa pool) is a bonus! And all only about an hour's drive from Wellington.
I've visited Waihoanga Retreat Centre close to 10 times over the last 4 years and have always had a beautifully positive experience. Our community (Mindfulness for Change) has been holding regular huis there for the last c. 2 years as well and loved the venues (especially the yurt), the family that look after the land and the peacefulness of the location. Having a friendly dog around sometimes is also so welcomed! :) Thank you for welcoming us and hosting us at a consistently high standard.
Amazing location right next to a beautiful forested part of the Otaki river, the perfect place for our group to reflect, get to know each other and find inspiration for our next steps. Rhian, Andy and the Waihoanga team are great to work with and they put a lot of care into the venue - the gardens and forest tracks are beautiful to walk in, the rooms and spaces and bathrooms are beautiful and clean, and lots of details like the towels and blankets made my experience really delightful. Thank you, we'll be back!
Such a beautiful space, inside and out - the river and forest is so grounding, and the yurt is incredible. Love the lodge with its cosy fires and spacious rooms, have had many great experiences at the Waihōanga over a number of years now. Have just spent the weekend there and feel so nourished having come back after 48 hours there. 🙏
We went as a Wellington-based team of 17. It was such a beautiful and relaxing place to have team building and conferences. It reminded me of summer camp as a child and made us all feel so relaxed. The staff were so kind and personable, and also very attentive to answering all of my questions prior to arrival.
I have just come back from the beautiful Waihoanga River Lodge and retreat Centre in Otaki, where I ran our Soulsisters Revitalising Weekend Retreat. This was the 6th retreat I have run at this venue, but the first one under the new owners Andy and Rhian. I loved seeing all the changes that have taken place since my last visit. With a beautiful refurbished yurt, new hut spaces, wonderful new and fresh bathrooms and carpet in the rooms, with upgraded bedding and comfy beds - it was a delight to stay here. Our ladies soaked up all the deliciousness around them and was so beautiful in Spring time with daffodils and blossom trees around us. Only minutes to the stunning river and we also took our group to do part of the Otaki Forks walk which isn't far from the venue. Nothing was a problem in the organisation leading up to my event and during it, with Andy lighting the fires for us and on hand to help. I always feel grounded, nurtured and balanced when I'm here and come away feeling like I've had an amazing time in nature retreating, yet only an hour from Wellington! We will be back and can't wait to see what new exciting projects we will find next time! Highly recommend as a fun and inspiring venue in a beautiful restful location.…