Groups that stay at Waihōanga vary significantly: please contact us for a customized quote tailored to your group. We base our quotes around three packages, which are tailored to different types of groups and activities. These range from the simplest "build-your-own" package to all-inclusive packages for organisations and celebrations.
Whatever the size of your group, you will always have exclusive use of the venue, including the lodge and chicken and rooster huts (comprising 30 beds across 6 rooms) as well as river access.
- Exclusive use of Waihōanga venue
- 8 seperate indoor sleeping areas
- Lodge, with lounge, conservatory, kitchen, bathrooms and 4 shared sleeping areas
- 2 small huts (bunk bed in each), with private toilet
- Saddleback cabin (sleeps 4)
- Kāhu cabin with double bed, king single bed, lounge and en-suite bathroom
- Comfortable and spacious meeting rooms and break-out spaces
- Self-catering kitchen and options to bring in caterers
- Wifi internet and internet-enabled 75" HD screen/TV
- Trestle tables and whiteboards
- One hour's drive from Wellington or Palmerston North
- Close train and airport options
- Charging point for electric vehicles
Strategy meetings, hui and away-days
Perfect for organisations looking for an affordable, comfortable and well-equipped venue to hold strategy meetings, research and writing retreats, small conferences, wānanga and field trips.
Tailored for: GST-registered organisations seeking a simple, all-inclusive, price
Check-in: 5pm arrival / 1pm departure
Price: $1300/ night + cleaning + GST.
Numbers: Up to 20 people.
Includes: the lodge, chicken and rooster huts, saddleback cabin, wifi, 75″ internet TV, trestle tables and whiteboards.
Optional extras: Kāhu cabin, the yurt, camping, early check-in/ late check-out.
Additional guests (per person per night): $60 per bed, $40 camping and day guests $30 per day (+ GST).
It was an amazing stay! Everyone LOVED the location, environment. 10 out of 10. We had 15 young women + 5 adults stay. Please pass on our thanks - people can't wait to come back." - FranMcEwen, The Shift Foundation
Tailored for: groups that want the basic package plus a few optional extras or a highly customised quote (eg, for a long duration)
Check-in: 5pm arrival / 1pm departure
Price: $1100/ night + cleaning.
Numbers: Up to 18 people
Includes: the lodge, chicken and rooster huts, wifi, 75″ internet TV
Optional extras: saddleback cabin, Kāhu cabin, the yurt, early check-in/ late check-out.
Additional guests (per person per night): $60 per bed, $40 camping and day guests $30 per day.
I attended a conference here and highly recommend the facilities and setting. The woodstoves kept us warm, the newly revamped bathrooms were a treat, and the natural surroundings provided lovely walks through bush to the river. The outdoor bath (like a spa pool) is a bonus! And all only about an hour's drive from Wellington. - Bryan R., Wellington
Weddings at Waihōanga are very special. It's also a wonderful venue for other celebrations such as anniversaries and significant birthdays. In addition to providing a private, intimate and natural location, the venue also offers a range of accommodation options for your loved ones & friends to stay and celebrate with you over several days.
These celebrations do, however, have a much higher impact on the Waihōanga team and our neighbours than most other bookings. As a result, we now restrict these to small, intimate events that are focussed on sharing a special time with loved ones in a beautiful natural environment. We have a strict policy around alcohol and noise, and will only agree to hosting your wedding or event after we meet you and learn more about your vision for your special day.
Tailored for: small weddings and other significant celebrations.
Check-in: 5pm Friday – 2pm Sunday
Price: $6800 (full weekend price)
Numbers: Up to 40 people.
Includes: the lodge, chicken and rooster huts, wifi & 75" internet TV, saddleback cabin, Kāhu cabin, cleaning
Also includes: up to 2 site visits prior to the event.
Optional extras: Yurt, early check-in/ late check-out.
Extra nights: at bare-bones rate (see below)
Note: We recommend hiring a stretch tent for weddings in particular, in order to ensure a celebratory gathering whatever the weather.
We were so incredibly lucky to have our wedding in Waihōanga! We really wanted to find a venue that would allow us to create the wedding we want and make us and our guests feel at home. When we met Rhian, Andy and their wonderful daughter, Georgia, and they showed us around, we knew we had found the right venue for us. The beautiful grounds nested between the green hills and the Otaki river were the perfect backdrop for our special day. Andy and Rhian and their team were incredible to deal with and we had an amazing day. - Ben and Tania, 2019