Waihōanga River Lodge and Retreat: video

Here’s a video made by our friend George Guille during the summer of 2017. While he was here there was a school camp, a strategy workshop, a family party and a wedding. We love the use of his drone footage to show off the location of Waihōanga right next to the Tararua Forest Park as well. He’s coming back in 2018 …

Activities at Waihōanga

Waihōanga is a beautiful place to explore something new: from activities in the high ropes course and on the river, to gentle relaxation or meditation, to gaining new knowledge and insights about local plants, lifestyle choices and bushcraft skills. We love to host guests at the Waihōanga River Lodge and Retreat, and to introduce you to people in the area who …

A Wonderful Waihōanga Wedding

A number of couples chose to celebrate their weddings at Waihōanga last summer (2017-18), and each brought a uniquely different flavour. One wedding had a theme of “Pirates, Radicals and Harry Potter”, another put on full formal flourish with flare, complete with marquees, canapés, matching bridesmaids and beautiful flower arrangements. And then there was Kensie and Warwick’s extravaganza, somewhere off in a direction …

Waihōanga Pricing 2018

If you are interested in booking Waihōanga, please contact us and we will send you a custom quote. We try hard to keep our prices reasonable so that Waihōanga remains accessible to everyone – this includes small bookings who want indulgent catering and a room each, large groups of school-kids who want space to run, play and make a lot …

Directions to Waihōanga

Address to pop into your device: 32 Waihoanga Rd, Otaki 5582.. but beware, you may well lose phone signal along the Otaki Gorge Road so make sure that the destination is loaded before you turn off the main road and/ or that you have these instructions available! The Otaki Gorge Road is accessible from State Highway 1, about half way between …

Catering at Waihōanga

The Waihōanga lodge has a well-equipped kitchen for self-catering. In addition, we work with fantastic caterers who have extensive experience creating delicious food for a wide range of dietary needs and group preferences, including: delicious vegan, vegetarian, raw, and gluten-free options organic and locally-sourced ingredients where possible hearty meaty meals and barbeque options morning and afternoon tea options farmhouse -style “home …

Events – Open to All – March/April 2018

We don’t organise retreats ourselves at Waihōanga,  but several groups organise retreats that have an open registration. Here are some that are coming up – please contact the organisers directly for more details… and we hope to see you here soon! Many thanks to Ming Janssen for this image taken during a Mindfulness for Change hui held at Waihōanga. March 2018 16 …

Change of feet at the Waihōanga Centre

In some ways there’s been a lot of change at the Waihōanga Centre over the last few months. The previous owner, Felicity, has moved to the South Island and started a beautiful new adventure there, and new owners, Andy and Rhian, have moved in. Thankfully Valamaya and Serene have stayed around, easing the transition, helping us learn the ropes and …

Tour of Waihoanga

Here’s a video, made by the previous owners, that we think captures some of the essence about what people love about Waihoanga…