great barrier escape Retreat

15 – 20th November 2024
aotea, great barrier island - New Zealand

This is your invitation to come and ESCAPE with us. 

An opportunity to escape the crazy stress of modern living and retreat to an environment that is conducive to your health and happiness. The energy on Aotea, Great Barrier Island is such a naturally high vibration that you can’t help but feel calm, grounded and peaceful as your stress melts away. 

Our programme will combine the benefits of yoga and meditation practice with the uplifting energy of many excursions to all the best spots on the island, ample time to relax and unwind, and nutritious and delicious food prepared by our awesome chef Anna.




Aotea, Great Barrier Island is situated on the outer edge of the Hauraki Gulf in New Zealand’s only National Marine Park, a mere 90 kilometres from Auckland City, just a 30 minute scenic flight – but a world away from the big city energy. Over 70% of the land is protected Conservation Park, the landscapes are out of this world, the beaches are truely stunning, and the night skies are next level, with the whole island declared a Dark Sky Sanctuary. Both the land and the people of Aotea could be best described as authentic, natural, and welcoming. This really is a very special place to visit.




nature fix

Walking through the regenerating Kauri forest on Aotea with views of the unique rocky outcrops, it is easy to imagine you have been teleported way back in time to the Jurassic period. The vegetation combined with this unique geology is very special and thanks to the low number of predators the birdlife is amazing.


Great Barrier Lodge was established in 1922 located on the edge of the beautiful Whangaparapara Harbour, centrally located on the Island offering easy access to the airport, the natural Hot Springs, a multitude of walking trails, as well as awesome kayaking. The 3.5 star lodge exudes charm and history, and most rooms have views out over the harbour.

natural hot springs

Secluded in bush, what just looks like any other stream is actually an amazing healing opportunity. Hot mineral rich water flowing through a succession of totally natural pools for you to soak in. Find your perfect temperature, help yourself to a face mask of natural clay, lie back, relax and soak away your problems and pains as Mother Nature does the healing.


We are so excited that Anna from the The Veggie Tree will also cater for our Great Barrier Escape Retreat! Many of you will remember her food from our Bay of Island Boat Cruise Retreats and Stewart Island Natural Wonders Retreat. We had rave reviews! Everyone loves her and brought her cookbooks. No meal was ever the same, but always delicious!

Mermaid Rock Pools

Aotea has created some of New Zealand’s most beautiful white sand beaches, framed with impressive headlands and famous rock pools, the crystal clear waters are very invigorating and cleansing. Lying on the warm sand after a swim in the calm rock pools or exciting surf is one of the natural pleasures of life. You can’t help but feel expansive as you stare out across the waves to the open ocean.

boat cruise

One of the best ways to view the Motu of Aotea would have to be by boat. Learn about local history and take in the fantastic views of the Barrier’s rugged coastline. Regular sightings of dolphins is a bonus on this magical trip. Cruise up to and around Broken Islands and the gannet colony before anchoring in a sheltered bay for a dip.



great barrier Retreat includes:

  • Five nights in twin share studio rooms, with views of the Bay.
  • Delicious wholesome vegetarian meals; all meals are included. Prepared by Anna from the Veggie Tree.
  • Morning meditations
  • Daily Vinyasa yoga sessions
  • Daily Yin yoga sessions with guided self-myofascial release
  • Kayaking excursion in the sheltered, pristine waters of Whangaparapara Inlet.
  • Visit to the Mermaid Rock Pools.
  • Gentle walk to Kauri Falls, with the option for a cold water dip.
  • Group sound bath with bowls and healing instruments.
  • Boat Cruise to view marine and bird life that inhabit the nearby islands.
  • Walk to Natural Hot Springs set amongst lush bush.
  • Group pick up and drop off from Great Barrier airport.
  • Plenty of time to absorb the beautiful surroundings.
  • Options to walk to a variety of locations depending on fitness levels.
  • One month free access to all our online classes prior to retreat starting, includes access to over 1,000 classes.



$2,850 NZD per person for twin share studio rooms 

$500 NZD non-refundable deposit will secure your place. 

Final payment is due 60 days prior to retreat starting. 

To register please phone: +64 21 1594421 or email: [email protected] 

Not included in the package

Airfares / Travel insurance



As always, there are limited places and this retreat is likely to fill up quickly. If you are interested in coming please let us know soon, to avoid disappointment.

Reach out to us today so we can reserve your spot. Email: [email protected]


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