"We needed somewhere central for a dozen staff from all over the country to meet and plan together. Waihōanga 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 2014 

Brainstorming             Team Building      Connection

Delicious Catering       Affordable     Beautiful Natural NZ Environment     Private 

Comfortable Accommodation        Peace & Time   Hui     Well-being 

Get Away From The City   Planning      Activities  BBQ FUN


Situated within beautiful New Zealand forest and boardering the pristine Otaki River, The Waihōanga Centre offers a casual, intimately sized Lodge for organisations to hold

  • day or overnight meetings
  • team building workshops
  • hui
  • staff training
  • workshops and small conferences
  • strategy meetings
  • corporate away days

Only one hour north of Wellington and an hour south of Palmerston North, this central meeting spot is enjoyed yearly by many business groups, Universities and NGOs. Delicious catering, activities, workshops and organised adventures are also available to make this a memorable experience. 

Unique Rural Accommodation  


The lodge (including 4 bedrooms inside the lodge & 4 surrounding huts) has the facilities to sleep up to 34 people (if there is a larger group there is also the option for camping and Marae style sleeping on mattresses). There is a large hall within the Lodge that is used for group activities and a kitchen with a dining area that is available for self catering or catered meals. There are two large bathrooms found within the Lodge as well as another shower and two toilets outside the Lodge. 

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HUI   Gathering    Brainstorming  

Connection   Planning    Learning


There is an inviting meeting hall which is comfortable and spacious, offering a great environment to hold informal meetings, share information, inspire creativity and to connect. As an added extra, we also offer is a `Yurt` - a circular mongolian structure offering groups the opportunity to enjoy and utilise a unique creative meeting space. 


Delicious Food


Businesses have the option of self catering or enjoying delicious catered meals.

All catered meals are made with the intention of creating taste sensations out of wholesome and healthy ingredients with fresh ingredients locally sourced where possible. Meat & vegetarian options are available and we can also cater for many different food needs, diets and allergies. We also welcome any preferences around what your business may particularly like on the menu. Full catering includes three scrumptious meals a day, morning/afternoon teas and hot drinks throughout the day.





 If you would like to incorporate some unique experiences into your days agenda we have many activities which we can organise for you.

High ropes course/ low ropes course 

Great for confidence building, fun, and stepping out of comfort zones. Set high in a magical forest, this is a truly exhilarating experience! Great for building cooperation, trust and determination.

Rafting & Night Rafting

An adventurous and fun trip through the Otaki Gorge, with gentle rapids, beautiful wildlife and bush. All levels of confidence and experience catered for. 

Rock climbing/ Abseiling

Challenge and push yourself beyond limits! 

Walks / Tramps

Day walks with an experienced guide or overnight tramps in the stunning setting of the Tararua Ranges. Walks will be chosen to suit all levels of fitness within the group.

Wild Weed Herb Walk

This is a 1 or 2 hour walk through the local vegetation with herbalist Ali Sunderland who will help you find and identify edible weeds and leaves in the surrounding natural environment.

Bush Survival Workshop

Learn the basics of lighting fires, identifying edible and medicinal plants and reading landscapes and environments. Can be educational or delivered as a team building exercise.




Being a Centre for Well-being we interested in supporting health and well-ness in the workplace, below are some well-being offerings that you may wish to introduce into your timetable

Yoga Classes

We can offer daily classes or more intensive workshops. The yoga caters to all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced. Our teachers have a gentle and inviting approach and are highly skilled at supporting various needs that may present.

Personal Therapeutic or Relaxation Massage

Unwind and totally surrender to the healing touch of our team of skilled massage therapists.  These sessions can be anywhere from half an hour to an hour and a half in length. Please ask us for more information if interested.


An early morning guided meditation class is available for the whole group before or after breakfast to help calm and focus the mind and to learn some great stress reduction techniques . The length of these classes can be varied depending upon your timetable. 

Nutrition/ Wellness Planing

This can be offered on an individual or group basis. It includes;

- Introduction of a "healthcare plan", which consists of a personally designed plan incorporating an individuals personal goals and desires around health

- Setting up and maintaining such a plan

- Setting personally rewarding and obtainable goals for well-being

Other Surrounding Activities in The Kapiti Area


The whole area of the Otaki Gorge and the wider  Kapiti Coast abounds in recreational and leisure opportunities. 

If you are wanting to do other things with your team while you are staying below are some ideas. 

If you require further local information please contact us.

  • Kapiti Island Tour
  • Kapiti Coast Arts Trail
  • Golf 
  • Restaurants, cafes and boutique bars
  • Amazing walks and sunsets on Otaki Beach
  • The Tararua Ranges with some fantastic walks long and short