New Zealand is one of the most exotic and far away lands on Earth. Made up of two islands, conveniently called, the North Island and the South Island, it is the ideal place to visit when you need to get away from it all. A New Zealand trip absolutely needs to be on everyone’s “must-visit list” as its an extraordinary land that holds rich culture and jaw-dropping scenery.
Everything in this incredible country feels fresh, new, and dramatic and that’s because it is. Human history here only dates back about 700 years but this land holds so much power, beauty and connection. Yoga retreats in New Zealand have gained popularity for its refreshing, exotic, and unique experience it offers, so whether you’re visiting New Zealand for a wellness holiday or to explore, a yoga retreat is a great addition to your itinerary.
Top New Zealand Yoga Retreats
Any NZ yoga retreat you take in this picturesque country is sure to leave you inspired and rejuvenated, from yoga combined with hiking and surfing or yoga combined with meditation, you will never be disappointed.
7-Day Surf and Yoga Camp
Located just a few feet from the beach, this is the ultimate surf and yoga experience. Spend each morning in the pristine waters learning how to catch and ride waves and your evenings winding down with a surf-based Anusara yoga (a modern version of Hatha) class. A continental breakfast is included with your stay and you’re encouraged to explore the tiny beach town for lunch and dinner, or you can cook in the shared kitchen. This package comes with 5 surf classes and 5 yoga classes as well as unlimited surfboard use. During your free time, you can hire a kayak or paddleboard to explore Whenuakura Island, nicknamed Donut Island for the hole in the middle that formed after its last eruption. You can also take a free hike to Wentworth Falls.
6-Day Hiking and Yoga Holiday
This hiking and yoga holiday shows off some of New Zealand’s top-rated hikes paired with yoga, beautiful scenery, and fresh, healthy food. Each day includes a healthy, vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a daily Hatha yoga class as well as a daily hike and meditation class. Whangarei is a gorgeous area and there are heaps of things to do when on break. If you want to do something exciting and unique you can go abseiling, which is repelling down a cliff or waterfall or you can explore the local caves. If you are looking to relax, you can get bronzed on the beautiful beaches or relax on the deck overlooking the sea.
10-Day The Best of Both Islands Tour: Yoga with a Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
Location: Various locations
Pamper and splurge on yourself with this 10-day yoga and adventure cruise. This cruise is incredibly unique and is one of the most popular retreats in New Zealand. You’ll start in Auckland with the sunrise at the iconic Sky Tower, you’ll go on several guided walks and tours, and take a ride on the sky gondola. You’ll end your 10-day adventure on a gorgeous tour of Doubtful Sound, one of the most pristine places on heart and where there are areas of land that have never been in contact with humans. This once in a lifetime experience includes daily yoga classes (Hatha), 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners, 2 lunches, and even airport transfers.
5 Day Nature and Reset Yoga Retreat
Location: Whangarei Heads
This popular yoga retreat is designed to teach you how to live a healthy lifestyle and hopefully send you home with the tools and ability to change the way you live and eat. This exceptional retreat combines time in nature, both in the water and on land, with daily yoga and meditation classes, workshops, and vegetarian meals. With your newfound energy, you can explore during your free time, you can go on hikes, or take time to go inward, journal, reflect, and reconnect with yourself. Hatha yoga is practiced during this retreat.
Not quite what you’re looking for? No worries, dear reader, there are even more yoga retreats in New Zealand that cater to other styles or have a different focus than those listed.
New Zealand is the ultimate place to go for any sort of retreat but especially a yoga retreat or a mediation retreat. Not only will you transform your yoga practice, but you will also transform your life in a destination that is truly unique. Enjoy your time practicing yoga in New Zealand!