Tucked away at the northern end of glittering Lake Wakatipu lies Glenorchy. Framed by snowy mountains, ancient forests, and crystal lakes, Glenorchy is the pristine gateway to some of the best the South Island has to offer. Sitting near the borders of Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks, Glenorchy is truly an outdoors-lover’s paradise. The perfect place to reconnect with nature, with New Zealand, and with yourself.
Explore New Zealand’s off-the-beaten-path destinations.
From Waiheke to Glenorchy, Waimarama to Maruia, our retreats are held at some of the country’s most healing and unique destinations. Refresh the body, rejuvenate the soul and support local businesses every step of the way.
The Waimea Plains of Rabbit Island, Nelson are perfectly situated for peace and quiet. Vast views of the Richmond Ranges and the Waimea Estuary stretch all around you, cradling you in their breathtaking natural beauty. There’s plenty to do on and around Rabbit Island. And further afield, the Abel Tasman National Park is just a 45-minute drive away. Creative types will love the arts and crafts trail and markets of Nelson, and foodies will enjoy the high-quality cafes and restaurants of nearby Mapua Wharf.
Lake Hawea is one of the most iconic regions of New Zealand—surrounded by beautiful lakes, rivers, and seas and backdropped by cloud-piercing mountains on all sides. The lake is an easy 15-minute scenic drive from Wanaka. A great base from which to explore the Southern Lakes, Fiordland, and the West Coast with an array of activities to suit all tastes and sense of adventure.
Sitting at the top of the South Island, nestled between Nelson and Christchurch, you’ll find the luxurious Maruia River Retreat. Situated on a spectacular 500-acre nature estate, alongside the pristine Maruia River, the mountain-surrounded retreat is brimming with native beech forests, beautiful gardens, walking trails, terraced paddocks and creeks. Home to wild deer, goats, and the gentle calls of New Zealand’s native birds, Maruia River Retreat is the ideal place to relax, restore, and rejuvenate.
Our Hawkes Bay retreat venue Cape South Wellness Centre lies in the rolling hills of the Waipuka Valley. The retreat is just an 8-minute drive from Waimarama Beach; a gem of the Hawke’s Bay, and one of New Zealand’s most popular stretches of coastline. Its gold, sandy beaches are well-loved by walkers, joggers, swimmers, surfers, and fishermen. With a general store, seaside café, and a range of accommodation, Waimarama is a postcard-pretty spot to relax and unwind.
Waiheke Island is the sparkling jewel of the Hauraki Gulf. The island is just a 30-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, but feels a whole world away. Known for its vineyards, fine dining, and natural beauty, Waiheke is a favourite destination for people from all walks of life. Take a walk through the lush bush, or sit and listen to the waves at one of the island’s many beautiful beaches. Whatever you do with your time on Waiheke, it’ll be time well spent.