For a full visual tour of Waihōanga please click on the `Kingfisher' bird above .


Welcome to the visual tour of the Waihōanga Centre For Well-being, we are very excited to be able to share our vision and this beautiful place with you.

The Waihōanga Centre is found in the Otaki Gorge, next to the mighty Otaki River approx. one hour North of Wellington in the beautiful lands of 

Aotearoa ~New Zealand. 


Waihoanga ariel


Waihoanga Land and water


The Land & Water

The Waihōanga Centre inhabits 3.7 hectares of land (approx. 9 acres) which is comprised of paddocks, native bush and mature pine forest as well as a stream which runs through the property.The Waihōanga Centre is divided up conceptually and physically into three distinct areas: the Community Area, the Lodge & the Ropes Course.

Continuing on our tour we will take you through and share these different areas with you.....


 Waihōanga Lodge

 Heading towards the river we first begin our adventure at the Lodge.... built in 1985 it has been operating as a Retreat Centre for people to hire and run their own retreats, workshops, reunions, weddings, gatherings etc. It is a fantastic space which has its own hall, kitchen, dining room and can sleep up to 36 people and is completely separate from the Community Area. 

Please click below here for more information regarding the Lodge, Accommodation, Activities and Prices or go up to the menu at the top of the page

Waihoanga Lodge 


Waihoanga Lodge


Waihoanga Ropes course

Waihōanga Adventure Ropes Course

The Waihōanga Centre For Well-being is lucky enough to have an amazing High and Low Ropes Course situated on the land.  This course is one of the few remaining `forest` Ropes courses in New Zealand and is a fantastic experience for all ages. 


 Waihōanga Community 

The community is situated on the upper level of the property and consists of an array of residential dwellings which are dedicated to the people who are involved in nurturing the Centre. This includes the owners, site managers, administrative staff, wwoofers (Willing Workers on Organic Farms), friends and family of Waihoanga.  

This area is also home to lots of the planning, administration, meetings, great meals, fun and laughter.

Waihoanga community centre


Waihoanga yurt

A Peaceful Place

The Community Area has a yurt which has been set up for the Waihōanga residents, guests and friends to use as a quiet space. This allows residents and visitors to have a place to go that is peaceful and where you are able to rest, meditate, pray, do yoga, stretch, sing, think, and write.  There is no religious attachment to this space and - all are welcome to enjoy it. The yurt can also be hired by groups staying at the lodge.



The Gardens & Land

Many hands have been involved in creating some magical spaces on the land as well as clearing and recreating gardens, orchards and beautiful areas for our animal friends using organic & permaculture principles. The long-term vision is to be as self sufficient as possible and to working in harmony with the elements and beings of the land.

For more in-depth information around the 

gardens and land please click here

waihoanga gardens
waihoanga life

Other companions

There are many other residents and furry friends at Waihōanga. In addition to our resident sheep and cat,  the Piwakawaka flit by, so curious to see what we will be creating and the geese fly in at about 7.30 am to hang out at the local woolshed for the day.  Out further from there we enter into the wild of the surrounds where the Tui drink from the flax flowers, and the Ruru hover at night calling out their wise call.