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Waihoanga River Lodge and Retreat

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32 Waihoanga Road Otaki Gorge, Otaki 5582 New Zealand
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#3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Otaki
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A peaceful lodge set by the Otaki River and surrounded by New Zealand forest. The lodge sleeps up to 26 in 4 rooms. There are also two huts that each sleep 2 people, and two cabins that each sleep up to 4. This brings the total to 38 bed and additional has space for another 40 camping.
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Jenn S wrote a review May 2019
4 contributions8 helpful votes
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
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 27 May 2019
Thanks Jenn - it was lovely to have your group here and we look forward to welcoming you back.
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scillylass wrote a review Feb 2019
cornwall8 contributions11 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Response from Waihoanga, Owner at Waihōanga River Lodge and Retreat
Responded 17 Feb 2019
Thanks so much - looking forward to welcoming you back. Rhian, Andy ... and Bryn.
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Bryan R wrote a review Oct 2018
Wellington, New Zealand4 contributions
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.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Responded 18 Oct 2018
Thanks Bryan, glad you had a great experience here. Hope to see you back here again!
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Climber824704 wrote a review Oct 2018
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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.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Response from Waihoanga, Owner at Waihōanga River Lodge and Retreat
Responded 18 Oct 2018
Thanks Jennifer - we love the energy that your group brings here too... as does our dog! (Note to other potential guests - we can easily keep him away from the lodge if people don't enjoy having him around!)
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Peter J wrote a review Oct 2018
Zurich, Switzerland3 contributions2 helpful votes
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!
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Responded 18 Oct 2018
Thanks Peter, so lovely having you and your group stay - hope to see you here again soon!
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New ZealandNorth IslandGreater WellingtonKapiti CoastOtaki
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Frequently Asked Questions about Waihōanga River Lodge and Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Waihōanga River Lodge and Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Otaki Forks (1.1 km), Lavender Creek Farm (7.7 km), and Field Hut & Table Top Track (5.5 km).
Are there any historical sites close to Waihōanga River Lodge and Retreat?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Rangiatea Church (10.2 km).