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16 Reotahi Road, Whangarei 0174 New Zealand
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#5 of 28 Specialty lodging in Whangarei
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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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fitzpap wrote a review Jan 2022
New Zealand4 contributions7 helpful votes
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
6 contributions2 helpful votes
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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Kathy M wrote a review Sep 2020
Palmerston North, New Zealand8 contributions
I have had the most wonderful time. The different types of yoga, meditations, beautiful walks, Jo's healthy nutritious meals, massage. Beautiful part of the country and Jo and manuak's wonderful hospitality. A great relaxing break away. 10/10
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Penny wrote a review Sep 2020
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
I recently attended a 5 night yoga and hiking retreat. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it and felt it was a valuable reset experience. It was very well organised. I was able to try various types of yoga and meditation and came away feeling that I had learned a lot. The daily hikes showed off the stunning scenery of Whangarei Heads which was a real revelation. The food Jo provided was nutritious and delicious. I left the retreat feeling very refreshed! Thank you Jo!
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Joana M wrote a review Jul 2020
23 contributions2 helpful votes
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I had such a wonderful experience at WHY Retreat! The whole retreat is super well organised, since the moment you book until the day you leave. I feel that I did so much and still had time for myself and to reflect, which I found very important. This is a true, genuine place where I could RELAX on Jo's beautiful, cozy and peaceful house. I managed to CALM my mind by leaning different meditation techniques. I nurtured my body with all that DELICIOUS and HEALTHY FOOD. I learnt so much on each YOGA CLASS and for the first time understood the reasons behind some of the postures and breathing exercises. Time spent in nature and doing absolutely STUNNING HIKES in the area was delightful. I connected deeper with my inner self through powerful REIKI SESSIONS. JO is an amazing person, very helpful and with such an INSPIRING life story! Highly recommend this place to anyone looking to get new get new tools to improve their wellbeing or simply to have a good time away from the busy life.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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MalcolmSI wrote a review Jun 2020
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We had a great experience. Our original plans to visit Why Retreat were delayed because of Covid but it was worth the wait. Lovely food and atmosphere. Jo was understanding of my yoga 'newbie' status, supporting and encouraging but not pushing. She gave us a range of yoga and meditation experiences over the five days and I'm committed to carrying on with both now. And Whangarei Heads was a real bonus. The walks, the bays, the weather, just lovely.
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Date of stay: June 2020
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Robina B wrote a review Jun 2020
Whanganui, New Zealand2 contributions
I loved the nurturing nature of the retreat - a great way to reboot the system. We were encouraged to listen to our bodies in our participation and the food was delicious with new and yummy flavours. Jo gives amazing massages and a painful back and hip issue I'd had for over a month has disappeared. I was unable to do all the walks - there are a huge range of different walks with the most amazing views. Thanks Jo.
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Date of stay: June 2020
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anna532016 wrote a review Sep 2019
Nowra, Australia13 contributions10 helpful votes
I came here for a bushwalking and yoga retreat with a group of women friends. I had not done much yoga before. The scenery was very beautiful especially the view from my bedroom. The yoga by Jo was very relaxing and enjoyable. The bushwalking was spectacular.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from whyretreat, Owner at WHY Retreat
Responded 1 Oct 2019
Thanks for your review! I really enjoyed hosting your group. Jo
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E7273EEamandab wrote a review Sep 2019
Paihia, New Zealand9 contributions
Just completed a five night yoga retreat hosted by Jo, ably assisted by Jac. Having never been to a retreat before I didn't know what to expect. I had a great time. Although reasonably new to yoga, I was able to participate in all classes offered. I learnt how to improve my technique and loved the nightly meditation sessions. The scheduled hikes of the neighbouring mountains were also very enjoyable. If you enjoy hiking and yoga I would thoroughly recommend the WHY Retreat.
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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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, free parking, and self serve laundry.
What food & drink options are available at WHY Retreat?
Guests can enjoy breakfast 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, Land & Sea Cafe, Bar and Eatery, and New Day Café & Indian Restaurant.