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WHY Retreat

16 Reotahi Road, Whangarei 0174 New Zealand
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WHY Retreat is an oasis of healing, offering 3 elegantly appointed suites with bay views at the foot of scenic Mt Manaia at the Whangarei Heads Peninsula. Facilities include a boutique exercise and yoga studio, sauna, private guest lounge and decks and streamside meditation area. Book accommodation only or your package can include healthy food, great yoga, bush walks, one on one personal training, massage, reiki and other therapies. We are New Zealand's first tax deductible Yoga Retreat offering stress management workshops for New Zealand employers (conditions apply). Come and experience our amazing beaches, fantastic scenery, ocean views, situated in one of New Zealand's most beautiful locations.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Breakfast available
Beach
Hiking
Massage
BBQ facilities
Wifi
Yoga classes
Yoga room
Personal trainer
Sauna
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Snorkelling
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
24-hour check-in
Self-serve laundry
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Additional bathroom
Dining area
Private balcony
Separate living room
Kitchenette
Microwave
Walk-in shower
Hair dryer
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
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Ocean view
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Karin J wrote a review Mar 2023
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It was my 2nd stay here and exactly what I needed. I couldn't recommand this 6 day yoga & hiking retreat enough. Jo is a dedicated yoga teacher with a profound knowledge in yoga, meditation and mindfulness. She is a very warm and welcoming person. I had a spotlessly clean room overlooking the stunning Mc Leod's bay. The vegetarian food was alway freshly prepared and delicious. I also loved our daily walks on awesome beaches.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Relax09201320802 wrote a review Feb 2023
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I am a yoga novice so was apprehensive about coming to a yoga retreat. However I have nothing but praise for Jo and her space. My room had a beautiful view, the guest house is spotlessly clean and had everything I needed. The onsite studio was incredible and Jo's knowledge of the area meant the hikes were to beautiful places. To top it off, Jo prepared delicious vege meals and I had a super relaxing massage towards the end. I'm definitely going back!
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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kiwis242 wrote a review Jan 2023
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Jo ran a flexible and interesting programme that was adapted to our needs (we are yoga beginners) and we left feeling refreshed, invigorated, and informed. The location and accommodation were superb with wide ocean views, close proximity to spectacular volcanic landscapes and biodiversity for hiking, as well as beautiful beaches for swimming and relaxing. Highlights also included treetop yoga in native totara forest, the hike up Mt Manaia, the fabulously presented vegetarian food, and the camaraderie of yogis Jo and Aileen and the rest of the group members. Thank you Jo for setting us onto this path of yoga and meditation. You are an amazing and truly gifted person. We will be back!
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Response from Jo Woollacott, Owner at WHY Retreat
Responded 27 Jan 2023
Thank you for your review - I love to share my little slice of paradise and will enjoy taking you to some other undiscovered corners next time. Great to meet you both!
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Ann M wrote a review Jan 2023
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The word retreat includes the word treat, which is exactly what my experience at WHY Retreat with Jo last week has been. Jo provided the clearest explanation of the holistic approach to yoga philosophy that I have heard. The yoga sessions offered by Jo and contributing yoga teachers were excellent - afterwards I felt energised and relaxed. We even had a treetop platform session that was amazing - seeing the through the trees to the sea, feeling the wind, hearing native birds close by and inhaling clean air with each breath!! The coastal location was a wonderful environment for hiking, walking and swimming. I enjoyed the comfortable accommodation and privacy of an ensuite bathroom. Mediation, massage and nutritious meals are an integral part of Jo's guidance, expertise, hospitality and wisdom. I arrived home feeling nurtured, nourished and reset on many levels. Namaste Ann - Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Responded 27 Jan 2023
You are more than welcome Ann, it was a pleasure to meet you!
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Kathryn wrote a review Jan 2023
Wellington, New Zealand
In addition to a fantastic setting, Jo was a thoughtful and knowledgeable hostess. a great combination of walking, yoga and mediation. Have a treatment with her, if you can, and feel the benefits. A lovely reset for the new year.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Destination569686 wrote a review Nov 2022
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I’ve just completed a 6 day retreat at WHY Yoga Retreat with Jo Woollacott and it RESET my mind, body and spirit in a wonderful way. Jo which is short for JOY is indeed a great facilitator and Holistic Health Coach using yoga practice and philosophy at a unique morning session each day and a variety of meditation experiences each evening. I enjoyed my daily outings to the beach or hike in nature that took in the beautiful outdoors around the area. Other special activities that touched my heart was the medicine card reading, a session using essential oils to balance the chakras and a Pilates class to close the retreat. I enjoyed being a vegetarian with the delicious meals provided for the week and I’ve changed my approach to eating now in a more healthy way to increase my well-being. I highly recommend the WHY Retreat for all ages to reboot the power within you and help kick start a new beginning to be the best you can be .
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Date of stay: November 2022
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GoPlaces18692352722 wrote a review Nov 2022
I went to WHY Retreat to reconnect with my Yoga practice. I came away with so much more. Not only did I make special connections, I learned more than I ever have in my 12 years of practicing Yoga. Jo has gathered an abundance of knowledge that she generously shares through each practice and throughout each day. And don't get me started on the food - wow! Fresh garden salads and substantial meals. I could go on and on, but my recommendation is that you simply trust your gut and book. With love, grace and gratitude... Brenda xo
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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fitzpap wrote a review Jan 2022
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We started 2022 with a 6 day yoga and hiking retreat at WHY and it was the most amazing experience. The setting is hard to beat, the weather very kind, the hiking superb and the yoga classes just the best. We travelled while Northland was in Covid traffic light setting red and this did not impact on the retreat due to the small numbers staying. I would urge Kiwis to take the opportunity to go to WHY retreat now, you can thank me later!
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Laura Thomson wrote a review Nov 2021
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I had a fantastic 4 days developing yoga techniques, beautiful walks by the ocean, amazing healthy food and comfortable accommodation. Jo is a wonderful host and provided everything you need. Loved the yoga and meditation not to mention massage and Chakra balancing. Felt amazing afterwards. Definitely going back.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Brian J wrote a review May 2021
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I spent a great five days retreat with Jo at her home in beautiful Whangarei. The hikes were stunning scenery and Jo is an experienced forager, so I learned a lot about mushrooms and native species. In our small group Jo’s yoga expertise was tailored to our needs, which made the retreat even more useful. I even took away some new veggie recipes to try again at home. The experience was soothing and relaxing, and great value. Thanks Jo!
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about WHY Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to WHY Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Bream Head Coast Walks (3.4 km), Mount Manaia Track (0.8 km), and Ocean Beach (6.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at WHY Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a fitness centre, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at WHY Retreat?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and an additional bathroom.
What food & drink options are available at WHY Retreat?
Guests can enjoy breakfast, barbeque facilities, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at WHY Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to WHY Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Parua Bay Tavern, New Day Café & Indian Restaurant, and Land & Sea Cafe, Bar and Eatery.
Are there opportunities to exercise at WHY Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre, a sauna, and yoga classes during their stay.
Does WHY Retreat have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.