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The Venue

The Waihōanga River Lodge and Retreat is a wonderful environment to meet, explore ideas, spend time with friends and family, reconnect with nature and simply relax. The venue is available to hire for groups, businesses, retreats, families, weddings and school groups and has the facilities to sleep up to 38 people, or up to 80 if you include camping. We welcome everyone to enjoy this place and make an effort to make it as accessible as possible, with minimal stairs/ steps and road access to the main buildings.

“We loved our time at Waihōanga and will certainly be back! The land is the perfect combination of Nature’s best – river, mountains, and native bush. The venue is so welcoming with many options of different rooms to stay in and to use, we loved the yurt! Every time we stay, we notice new improvements and would really recommend it to anyone wanting a retreat experience.”

– Marie Andrews, Kapiti Yoga

The Lodge and Huts

The peaceful, fully private, retreat centre includes a lodge (sleeps 26), 2 nearby huts and 2 larger cabins, a camping field, large garden area, extensive woodlands and access to the gorgeous Otaki River.

The lodge comprises a spacious lounge/ meeting room; kitchen/dining hall; and 4 bedrooms, which between them sleep 26 people (10-bunk, 8-bunk, 4-bunk and 4 singles).

Chicken and Rooster huts are two private huts near the lodge that sleep 2 people each (in bunk beds) and have their own toilet.

Saddleback Cabin

Saddleback Cabin is set slightly away from the lodge, by the camping field and has four single beds split across the lower level and a mezzanine. Ideal for facilitators and individuals, or couples and families, who want a more private space.

Guests in Saddleback share the facilities in the lodge (bathrooms and kitchen). 

The Yurt

Nestled next to a peaceful stream, and set away from the main retreat area, our beautiful yurt is a wonderful additional space available for groups.

Our guests love to use the yurt for activities such as yoga, stretching, meditation and singing; a space for workshopping new ideas and team-building; a chill-out space and a peaceful place to celebrate and come together.



We are excited to offer Glamping at Waihōanga in partnership with Nomadic Tents.

These beautiful Glamping tents offer that “something special” that will make your stay here extra memorable. A popular option for couple and families seeking extra privacy, as well as for those seeking a group-camping experience without the hassle. Each tent is fitted out beautifully to sleep 2. If you are a family with young children please talk to us about your options.

Up to four glamping tents can be set up that retain your full use of the camping and recreation field. For larger groups, we can accommodate 25 tents.


Kāhu Cabin

Kāhu Cabin is the perfect place for individuals, couples, families and friends who are part of a group booking but interested in a bit of extra privacy or space.  

Set slightly away from the lodge, near the family home on the property, this new-build cabin provides some extra luxury. Currently shares facilities (bathroom and kitchen) with the lodge.

Facilities include

  • Very comfortable queen-sized bed
  • Separate living area
  • 2 sofas that convert into single beds
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities 


  • Wifi/internet
  • Accommodation for up to 4
  • Shower and toilet located in lodge
  • Port-a-cot available

Camping and outdoor life

A camping field is available for larger groups that overflow the lodge and cabins – and is often enjoyed by family and school groups. When not being used for tents, this space is also perfect for kicking around a ball and playing games.

In addition to private access to the Otaki River, with its great swimming and plunge pools, there is also a fire circle and outside bath for those who enjoy spending as much time outdoors as possible.

The Waihōanga Centre is also just a 10 minute drive to a wide choice of walks and hikes in the Tararua Forest park; and, in the other direction, to the Kapiti coast beaches.

The Property

The lodge, cabin and homestead are set in 10 acres of lush New Zealand bush, bordered by the gorgeous Otaki River.

All guests at Waihōanga are welcome to roam freely around the gardens and woodland, as well as enjoy the private access to the river.

Otaki River Bob Zuur



If you love it here as much as we do, please consider leaving a review on TripAdvisor and Facebook.