YOGA TRAVEL

Want to be inspired in a country that’s known for its diverse beauty? Look no further, as these are our top 5 yoga retreats in New Zealand.

BY MELANIE SCHOOR

NEW ZEALAND is a stunningly magnificent country; known for its jagged mountains, steep fjords, scenic beaches, active volcanoes and rolling pastures. This makes it a fantastic place to be surrounded by all things yogic, with the country’s beauty being a playground and an inspiration. Luckily, there are some great retreats hidden away amongst the country’s exquisiteness where yogis can go to reconnect with themselves. If you are planning a yoga getaway in New Zealand, here are our 5 top retreats in the Land of the Long White Cloud.

ARO HA, GLENORCHY, SOUTH ISLAND

It’s no surprise that Aro Hā is a multi-award winning retreat. There are the breathtaking alpine views, incredible mindfulness exercises, earth-friendly design and zen inspired luxury. It’s a wellness experience complete with all of the luxuries one would expect from a retreat of this calibre. It’s not for the budget minded, but instead, for yogis that want immaculateness, with activities to match.

The retreat sits right in the Southern Alps overlooking Lake Wakatipu. Salute the rising sun from the yoga studio that offers panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. Follow this up with an afternoon of hydrotherapy spa therapy that can be enjoyed after dining on a vegetarian lunch. In fact, everything is vegetarian on the menu, with many ingredients being grown right onsite. The entire place is designed to regenerate your body and mind, and it does a great job of doing just this. 

ARO HA

SPLIT APPLE RETREAT, MOTUEKA, SOUTH ISLAND

Built by a doctor and chef couple, this luxury lodge oozes wellness with its Japanese spa, magnificent Asian-Mediterranean fusion cuisine and mind-blowing scenery. In fact, Split Apple Retreat sits right in the Abel Tasman National Park overlooking Tasman Bay. You can’t get any more beautiful than that, or any more zen.

Do yoga in a pavilion set in a rose garden, soak in a saltwater infinity pool or enjoy a massage while overlooking the bay. You can also go horseback riding, bush walking and sea-kayaking. If that’s not enough, they even offer helicopter trips over the amazing national park and beyond. Let’s not forget about the meditation pavilion, reiki healing and private excursions to the nearby Neudorf Vineyard. After all of this, relax and enjoy the sunset on your private deck overlooking the sea.

MANA RETREAT, COROMANDEL, NORTH ISLAND

Coromandel has always been a hot spot for tourists, but now it’s home to Mana Retreat; a relaxing place with so much to offer. It’s a health and wellness centre that’s nestled in the hills of the Coromandel Ranges, with tranquility spilling out at every turn. They offer everything from a relaxing family weekend getaway to a men’s only retreat, and everything in between. Plus, it’s completely environmentally friendly. It even offers visitors the chance to help preserve the area by planting a tree.

Yoga retreats are run by some well-known teachers and can also include meditation, pilgrimage walks, healing massages and drum circles. Or you can curl up in front of a fire in the library and read a book. The best part is that Mana Retreat is actually quite affordable, offering a wide range of accommodation options including camping sites, shared rooms and private double rooms.

ANAHATA YOGA RETREAT, TAKAKA, SOUTH ISLAND

You will leave Anahata Yoga Retreat with new knowledge and respect for the yogic way of life, learning how to live this way every day. That is what this spiritual retreat is all about; learning how to grow both inside and out. It helps that it’s situated right in the centre of a native beach forest overlooking Golden Bay. Being affordable is also a plus when it comes to choosing a top yoga retreat in New Zealand.

Anahata Yoga Retreat doesn’t disappoint, what with its wide array of yoga styles, ashram principles and sustainable living. Anahata is the heart centre, the chakra related to compassion, love, acceptance and selflessness. This is what you will walk away with after completing a retreat here. 

CAPE SOUTH, HAWKE’S BAY, NORTH ISLAND

The country and the coastline become one in perfect unity at this luxury resort that can be found near Havelock North in Hawke’s Bay. The once French colonial-style homestead is now a lavish retreat that’s completely sheltered from everything around it. It’s a place where guests are completely spoiled in their selection of wellness options. Do yoga in the onsite studio, followed by a stroll around the property’s 16 acres of gardens.

Get a therapeutic massage, detox body scrub or Reiki treatment, and leave Cape South feeling refreshed and renewed. They also offer naturopathy, nutrition consultations and reflexology. You plan what you want, packing your retreat with everything that speaks to you. Be sure to get a group together, as Cape South’s different accommodation options can sleep anywhere from five to twelve people.