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The Venue

Waihōanga private group accommodation includes a main lodge, private cabins and camping set beside the beautiful Ōtaki River. It 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 40 people including 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.

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“We just wanted to send a big thank you again for such an incredible weekend. You have created an amazing space for people to make memories for life. And all our guests were falling in love with the place. I’m sure we’ll be back again one day.” – Hazel and Zach, 2021

The Lodge

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; conservatory/ dining hall; and 4 bedrooms, which between them sleep 26 people (10-bunk, 8-bunk, 4-bunk and 4 singles). There are also 2 bathrooms and a total of 5 showers, 5 toilets.

Chicken and Rooster huts are two private huts, always included with 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.


Kāhu Cabin

Set slightly away from the lodge, near the family home, Kāhu Cabin is the perfect place for individuals, couples, facilitators, families and friends who want a bit of extra privacy, space and luxury.

  • Very comfortable queen bed
  • Separate lounge/ work space
  • King single bed in lounge
  • En-suite bathroom (with shower)
  • Wood burner
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • Wifi/internet
  • Shares kitchen facilities with the lodge
  • Available only to guests in a group booking


We no longer offer glamping tents but they can be hired from Nomadic.

Glamping tents offer that “something special”  and are a popular option for couples and families seeking extra privacy, especially at weddings and other celebrations.

Up to four glamping tents can be set up that retain your full use of the camping and recreation field. .


Camping and outdoor life

A camping field is available near the lodge. 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 Ōtaki 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.

 Waihōanga is located between the Tararua Forest Park (which has a few access points) and beaches near Ōtaki, Te Horo and Peka Peka.

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


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