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Hello, This is Tanette here from the Waihoanga Centre for Well-being which is situated at the base of the Tararua ranges & next to the Otaki River. I am wanting to introduce our Lodge to your department within Toi Whakaari as a potential `Grassroots Platform' for you to host a student or teacher workshop, conference, gathering, christmas party, team building, Hui etc. We have had students from your school utilise the Lodge in the past and there has only been fantastic feedback regarding their experience. I invite you to have a look at the picture booklet below, which includes a video, showing the uniqueness of the Waihoanga meeting place & how we can cater for your specific needs. If you have any questions or require any further information please go to our website or please phone me on 0212622049 Warm wishes and we look forward to seeing you here in the future Tanette Hickey PS. If there is anyone else within Toi Whakaari that you think may be looking for a venue in the future for a group can you please forward this email onto them, thank you.

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Offering An Affordable & Unique 'Grassroots Platform' 

For Businesses & Groups To Create, Transform, Educate & Enjoy

 Otaki ~ Kapiti Coast ~ Wellington ~ Aotearoa ~ N.Z ~ 

"We needed somewhere central for a dozen staff from all over the country to meet and plan together. Waihoanga was just right: only an hour or so from Wellington Airport; removed from distractions so we could focus; in a beautiful setting overlooking the Otaki Gorge; pleasantly informal with sofas and log-burners; plenty of delicious, locally grown food and fresh fruit; and run by two very welcoming and engaged hosts. We loved it."


Chris Todd, Forest and Bird, National Conservation Manager
















Are you looking for........



  • A beautiful & inspiring location within Aotearoa ~ N.Z to host your next Team-Building Event, Conference, Christmas Party, Hui, Retreat or Workshop?
  • A unique `Kiwi Grassroots' venue to bring your business to?
  • A lodge with a great meeting space & affordable accommodation for numbers up to 34 people located twenty minutes from a National Airport and one hour North of Wellington? 
  • The option of self catering or fully catered meals with 'delicious & nourishing' food?
  • The option to experience a variety of adventurous, educational, well-being & therapeutic activities?

            ...... If this sounds like what your business or group is looking for, we would like to welcome you to the

Waihōanga Centre For Well-being!


Lush Land & Clear Water


The Waihōanga Centre For Well-being is located approx. one hour Nth of Wellington & one hour South of Palmerston Nth, situated on the banks of the Otaki River & only a stones throw from the Tararua Ranges.  The centre lies upon 12 acres of land which is home to amazing lush native and exotic forest with a pristine stream (offering divine drinking water) flowing down over a secret waterfall and into the mighty (swimmable) Otaki River. The bird life is rich in diversity and loud in song including the presence of Tui, Ruru, Kereru & Piwakawaka. Other treasures of the land consist of a  high & low adventure ropes course (certified for use),  developing organic gardens, glow worms and beautiful walks through the forest and down to the river.


 The Vision of the Waihōanga Centre For Well-being is


'To provide a rich inclusive environment for deepening connection with ourselves, with others and with nature. Offering a unique `grassroots platform' for groups to come and share their creativity, education, transformation & fun in a stunning private environment.'

The ethos of the centre runs upon upholding values which are important to us including;


connecting community,  sustainability, organics,

heart based business, creativity & fun.

We welcome your business, group or retreat to come & hold an event, meeting or gathering at Waihoanga & enjoy the privacy, natural beauty, uniquness & magic which our beautiful corner of Aotearoa provides.

"We were a new group meeting to establish ourselves and focus on our future. We have some big ideas and lots of energy, but how will we bring it together? When you're doing that kind of deep work, it's important to have a venue where you feel supported and nurtured. We needed a place where we would be held both by the space and by the hosts while we were doing our work. We found just that place in the Waihoanga Centre, the property is quiet and beautiful and we just loved working hard together inside and then moving outside for lunch. Those of us who stayed overnight just couldn't believe the stars! I highly recommend it!" 


Mary Alice Arthur, Facilitator/SOAR


"THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!  The beds were super comfortable, the sound of the stream was delightful"




Meeting Spaces

Pukeko Hall ~ A large welcoming space within the lodge to gather with your group to share experiences & information 

The Waihōanga Dining Room ~ An informal area to eat & meet

Yurt Sanctuary ~ A place to  practice mindfulness, experience yoga & meet as a group for more sacred discussion

The Library ~ A more intimate room to use as an extra break away space for a smaller group

"We used the The Waihōanga Centre for a two day conference and absolutely loved it - the total experience. The surroundings added so much to our event: green, open, bright. And the people, were very generous and gracious hosts. We felt so welcomed and look forward to returning."
Leanne Babcock Eckman


"The food was amazing, delicious & made with love....."

Red Retreat Guest

Depending upon the groups needs you have the option of self-catering or having delicious meals provided by the experienced cooks of the Waihōanga kitchen. 'Mouth watering' dishes are offered with much of the fresh produce sourced locally and organically, catering also for varying dietary needs.


"The Waihōanga Centre was a fantastic venue for our team building event, everyone is looking forward to going back next year."
Niamh Lawless Corporate Services manager Barnardos NZ


 Outside Activities


Heart Beating Excitment on The Waihōanga High & Low Ropes Adventure Course


Rafting Down The Otaki River


Outdoor Team Building Workshops


Swimming & Frolicking in The Mighty Otaki River


A Fasinating Educative Wild Edible Weed Walk



Yoga Sessions

Mindfulness Classes

Massage Therapy

Indoor Team Building Workshop

Fire Circle for Great Story Telling



Praise For Waihōanga


"Hi ya! Thanks for the amazing amazing space that set our tone for our team retreat yesterday. We totally utilized the space from the yurt , to the river, all sleeping in the external huts to breaky outside this morning. We absolutely loved it and it really added value to our time together. So we thank you so so much and totally will recommend you to others!"
 Many thanks Dayna and the Lifehack crew
"Thank you for the use of your beautiful centre for our workshop. Your professional manner along with your personal touch made the weekend very relaxing. I would certainly consider your venue for the future." 
 Drew Mackenize ~ Haemophilia Foundation of New Zealand
"I would like to say a huge thank you to all of your team who made my retreat so amazing.  It's always a team effort and I was very grateful for everyone's efforts, from helping with the beds, to the super delicious food, the warmth of the place with the addition of the lovely blue new curtains and just the kindness and positive attitude of all that work there.  I loved what you have done around the place from my last visit, and everyone just thought it was like a magical hobbitville when we walked to the yurt on Sat night with the fairy lights etc, was so gorgeous.  I always enjoy my escape there and find it so relaxing, feels like my second home!"
Lisa ~ Box of Chocolates Retreat
"Kia ora, thank you for allowing us to stay at Waihōanga, it was a great way for us to start our year, the environment and the wairua of the place enabled us to really relax, enjoy one another's company and just set some real goals - personal and professional."

Sophie Tukukino ~ Te Kura Porirua




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Ph: us on (+64) 06 3643202

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