"Once again we had an absolutely amazing time in the centre. The weather was just one part of the amazingness but many were there for the first time and enthralled by the energy of the space, commenting that it felt like home even when they had only just arrived. What a way to turn 40."


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High ropes course



The Waihōanga Lodge is available for hire and offers an affordable private location and platform for retreats, conferences, workshops, camps, festivals & gatherings. The Lodge accommodates up to 36 people (plus camping) & also offers a large conference room, yurt meeting space and a choice of self catering or catered meals. The Lodge boarders the stunning Otaki river, is situated amongst beautiful forest and amazing birdsong & is ideally located only an hour North of Wellington & an hour South of Palmerston North 



The Waihōanga Centre offers a unique environment to support groups to share and develop their  knowledge and skills with each other and the wider community. Please contact us if you would like to organise bringing people together at Waihōanga and would like more information specifically tailored towards your group.

Research, Writing, Corporate. Retreats . Weddings. Family parties. Education.  Yoga. Meditation. Dance. Adventure.

Waihōanga provides a unique, natural and affordable location for your wedding day. It is a venue that allows your friends and family to enjoy many magical moments over a few days enjoying great meals, swims in the river, walks through the forest and celebration around delicious meals. 

For more information on what Waihoanga can offer for your wedding day please click here.



Out of the 'Waihōanga Kitchen' comes delicious meals which are based around fresh local produce (much of it organic), tasty satisfying recipes & nourishing tastes for the body, mind & spirit . Groups staying at the lodge have the option of catered meals that are designed around group & individual dietary preferences and needs.

If you would like more information regarding catering, menus & prices please click here

The Waihōanga `Wild Things' Forest Ropes Course offers people of all ages an opportunity to take ones self out of the `everydayness' & embrace the ecstasy of  facing fears, delighting in adventure and letting your `Wild Thing' fly through the forest. Experienced adventure professionals create a great atmosphere & ensure this to be a safe and exhilarating experience for all, including business groups, families & schools.

For more information regarding The Waihoanga 'Wild Things' Forest Ropes Course please click here 



Waihōanga offers a fantastic selection of activities for all ages and range of abilities, bringing together the natural environment teamed up with local community & professional knowledge.  From our own 'Wild Things" Forest Ropes Course to meandering through the forest participating in an Edible Weed Walk/Talk, rafting down the Otaki River  or having a group meditation, we have a great variety of experiences that can enhance your groups stay.

Please click here to see what activities we offer



We are very honoured to be the guardians of this amazing piece of land we call Waihōanga and it is our privilege to share with you this place that brings nurturing, expansion, adventure & joy to many people. 



Waihōanga welcomes people from around the world who are drawn to our vision and who are keen to be involved with the many projects that we have here. It is with this input that we are able to see Waihōanga grow into its creative potential with the committed work that is behind any idea. We welcome, friends, family, WWOOFers and inspired individuals who are keen to share their ideas and energy.


About Waihoanga


The Waihōanga community consists of a family and individuals wholive both on & off site and who hold a vision for collective well-being and guardianship of the community and land here. 

We have no rules, religion or definite ethos that bind us, rather a shared love for the land and a sense of creativity, fun & trust that brings us together & guides us.

We welcome groups and individuals of all faiths, backgrounds, disciplines, careers and philosophies as long as you come with a warm heart, good energy, and respect for our environment.



We would love to hear from you whether you are wanting to request further information, book the lodge, hire the ropes course, offer your services or if you are just intrigued about who we are and what we offer

Contact Us!

General: (+64) 06 364 3202

Bookings: (+64) 027 384 1100

Email: waihoangacentre@gmail.com

32 Waihoanga Rd Otaki 5582 Kapiti Coast

Aotearoa ~ New Zealand