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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 24), 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  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

The Kāhu Cabin is the perfect place for couples and families looking to escape for some peace and quiet.

Set away from the retreat centre, near the family home on the property, this new-build cabin is available for both private bookings or members of groups booked at the lodge who would like a bit more privacy.

The cabin can be booked on its own, separate from the lodge (or as an addition to a lodge booking by a group).

Facilities include

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


  • Wifi/internet
  • Accommodation for up to 4 adults
  • Private shower and toilet attached to a nearby building
  • 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