New Zealand’s Best Health & Wellness Retreats

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Ever been on holiday only to return needing one? A holiday that puts health at the forefront of your experience might be the perfect alternative.

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Today’s wellness retreats can offer programs to assist guests in everything from holistic health, weight-loss and detox to yoga, stress relief and counselling. Regardless of what you’re seeking from your experience, observational studies indicate that a single week in the right retreat offer participants an escape from unhealthy routines and offer significant sustained physical and mental health benefits.

Where better than 100% Pure New Zealand, with its hot spring smattered geothermal landscape, world-renowned healthy outdoor lifestyle and world-class spa facilities to kick start your journey to wellness.

Here we share our pick of the best wellness treats in New Zealand, whether you’re seeking physical, spiritual or emotional respite.

NORTH ISLAND

Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel, Waikato ​

Mana Retreat Centre
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Connect with nature while nurturing body and soul at Mana Retreat Centre, an eco-friendly sanctuary perched on the rolling hills of the Coromandel Ranges in the Waikato region.  Offering a wide variety of mind-body, creative expression and spiritual exploration experiences, on-site therapists offer massage, watsu and bodywork. Retreat programs include a diverse variety of activities from yoga, dance and singing to mindfulness and silence.

Te Hine Ruru, Russell

Designed for women, Te Hine Ruru is a sublime waterfront yoga and meditation retreat boasting stylish villa accommodation, delicious food and superb facilities in the beautiful Bay of Islands. Along with yoga and meditation, including trauma sensitive programs, Te Hine Ruru offers reiki, energy healing and EFT treatments to assist in balancing, strengthening, and helping to replenish mind and body.

Cape South, Hawke’s Bay

Cape South, Hawke's Bay
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A luxurious holistic health and wellness retreat offering individually tailored wellness packages, Cape South is idyllically located in Cape Kidnappers, Hawke’s Bay. Whether you’re on the path to physical, mental, emotional or spiritual wellness, the retreat hosts a range of retreat courses and offers two to seven-day packages as well as a day clinic. There’s a yoga studio, treatment rooms, herbal medicinal gardens and on-site apothecary, and guests can book a private appointment with a Naturopath or Herbalist.

Te Wahi Ora Women’s Retreat, West Auckland

Need a break from a stressful job or relationship, or simply need respite from carrying the mental load? With its nurturing beachfront setting on Auckland’s west coast Piha Beach, Te Wahi Ora Women’s Retreat offers short-term retreat accommodation for women.  Rest, relax and recuperate as you enjoy organic dining, beach and bushwalks, and therapy options including counselling, spiritual Direction, Bowen treatment and therapeutic massage.

Resolution Retreats, Tauranga

Resolution Retreat Pool & Sanctuary Mountain
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Looking for a health kick start? Resolution Retreats offer live-in weight loss, health and wellness retreats designed exclusively for women. The retreats offer luxurious private accommodation, nutritionist planned meals and holistic health programs focused on arming guests with the tools and strategies to redefine habits and lifestyle, so they can continue their journey to wellness on their return home.

SOUTH ISLAND

Split Apple Retreat, Motueka ​

Split Apple Retreat, Motueka, New Zealand
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An exclusive lodge located on the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park, Split Apple Retreat is a wellness retreat that’s big on luxury. Along with some the best bushwalking in New Zealand, secluded beaches and sea-kayaking to reconnect with nature, the retreat boasts serious wellness credentials. Along with a FAR-infrared sauna, yoga pavilion and meditation theatre, there’s an extensive massage menu, reflexology, reiki and acupuncture treatments have all been designed to reduce stress, improve circulation and boost immunity to leave guests relaxed and restored.

Aro Ha Wellness Retreat, Glenorchy

Just 35 minutes from Queenstown, Aro Ha Wellness Retreat is an intimate sanctuary of health and wellness founded on advanced eco accommodation and permaculture-based self-sufficiency. Designed to regenerate your physical and emotional health through life shifting, mediational, body morphing, spirit lifting retreats, Aro Ha offers a luxurious, next-level wellness experience as you surrender to the transformative power of nature while nourishing and healing yourself emotionally, physically and spiritually.

Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa, Banks Peninsula

Nestled in a pristine location overlooking the ocean on Diamond Harbour in Banks Peninsula, just 45 mins from Christchurch, Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa is a unique retreat committed to self-care. With retreats specifically tailored to your personal goals, from meditation, emotional healing and overcoming phobias to detox and weight loss, their world class therapies leave guests feeling physically and emotionally cleansed, clear and connected

Anahata Yoga Retreat, Takaka

Anahata is a residential yoga retreat perched atop a mountain overlooking Golden Bay, where guests are accommodated in solar powered eco straw bale and earth buildings and dine on veggies straight from the organic garden. Providing an experience of yogic living while offering practical yoga techniques to create balance in daily life through focused retreats, meditation and mantra chanting, workshops, seminars and private yoga training

This article provides general information only, and does not constitute health or medical advice. If you have any concerns regarding your health, seek immediate medical attention.