If you’re considering a holiday to New Zealand, a retreat stay might well be high up on your list. And what could be better, than a yoga retreat with all that incredible New Zealand scenery, as you relax and fine-tune your yoga practice.
We’ve rounded up some amazing yoga inspired retreats from across this beautiful country. From single-day retreats, weekend retreats, right through to highly immersive 4-week retreats, your quest for time out and a little intensive yoga practice will certainly be very well satisfied.
Bay of Islands Health Retreat
At Bay of Islands, you’ll love the 3-day/2-night yoga retreats, which include 4 yoga sessions, accommodation, 1 massage or spa treatment, a bike ride or coastal/bush walk, delicious plant-based meals (with the ability to be involved in the cooking), time to enjoy the pool and sauna, and much more.
Accommodation is either in a private or shared room (if you have someone to share with), or a luxury tent or eco pod. You also have the option of adding on extra spa treatments if you wish. And, if you’d prefer a longer stay, these can be arranged too.
Find out more at https://www.bayofislandshealthretreat.co.nz/yoga-retreats
Yoga Sanctuary (Auckland)
The Yoga Sanctuary is a yoga studio offering classes in Auckland, but they also organise various yoga retreats (both locally in New Zealand and also in India) at certain times of the year. Their focus is all about ‘finding balance’.
Their New Zealand retreats offer lots of daily meditation and yoga, talks and workshops, saunas, optional massage, hiking, buffet style vegetarian meals and sightseeing. But as they only run at certain times of the year, you’ll have to get in quick to book, and plan in advance.
Anahata Yoga Retreat (Takaka)
Anahata is a non-profit charitable organisation and they offer an incredible array of events, including specialised retreats. You can choose the Explore Your Self Yoga Retreat, the Hatha Yoga Detox & Nutrition Retreat, Yoga Nidra & Restorative Yoga Retreat and lots more.
Alternatively, if you’re really keen, you can choose to immerse yourself in the yogic way of life with a 4-week Yogic Life Skills Program. If you’re really looking for an authentic and highly specialised yoga retreat, this would be the perfect place.
Find out more at https://www.anahata-retreat.org.nz/retreats-events
Lotus Yoga Centre (Paraparaumu)
If you’re after a shorter retreat, perhaps the Lotus Yoga Centre one-day retreat is the answer for you. On various Sundays, they offer a Body, Mind and Soul retreat, which includes relaxation, yoga and breathing, a vegetarian lunch, plus walking meditation in the bush and a seated meditation.
It’s extremely good value for money and caters to all levels of yoga experience.
Find out more at https://lotusyogacentre.org.nz/body-mind-soul-retreat/
Whangarei Heads Yoga Retreat (Whangarei Heads, Northland)
At Whangarei Heads Yoga Retreat you’ll find regular, year-round retreats on offer, as well as special events at various times of the year.
Their regular retreats include a 6-day yoga and hiking retreat, a 7-day holistic yoga, meditation and mindfulness retreat, along with a summer wellness week retreat.
At various times of the year, you can also choose to indulge in a 6 day yoga and Thai massage retreat with a guest teacher.
Their 6-day yoga and hiking retreat is claimed to be the most popular, where your daily schedule will comprise of morning yoga classes, a beach walk or a bush hike and evening meditation. You’ll also enjoy vegetarian meals, twin-share rooms and plenty of optional extras.
Find out more at https://whyretreat.com/retreat/
Learn yoga basics or fine-tune your craft in New Zealand…
If you’re looking at visiting New Zealand for a holiday, and you have a secret (or not-so-secret) passion for yoga, why not throw in a few days at a yoga retreat. It’s the perfect way to fine-tune those skills.
But yoga retreats are not just for those who are already keen yogi’s. Many retreats also cater to those who simply need to find new ways to conquer stress and better manage their health. A yoga retreat could well help you do, just that.