Te Whenua Retreat



Te Whenua is a peaceful & transformative retreat centre that provides a deeply nurturing space to rest & re-focus. If you are looking to calm the mind, awaken the heart, and be inspired by time-honoured spiritual & wellness practises, then a stay here will support you.

We provide comfortable and spacious private accommodation, nourishing 'heart-to-table' plant-focused meals, a purposefully designed yoga & meditation space, plus the precious opportunity to slow down and re-attune to nature. The result is greater focus, joyful connection, and an awakening of your own intuitive wisdom & healing abilities.

Te Whenua Retreat is located in Gibbston Valley, just 20 minutes from Queenstown airport, 25 minutes from Cromwell and 55 minutes from Wanaka, in Otago, Aotearoa.


Retreats at Te Whenua

Details of our regular residential retreats are given below.


Heart-To-Table Cooking Retreats

Plant Based Cooking + Retreat Time

Cooking Retreats are at the heart of Te Whenua. There is something timeless, magical, and transformative about cooking that reaches into our very soul. The act of cooking awakens in us a reminder of who we are, reconnects us with nature, and allows us to experience the great pleasures and benefits of sharing meals we’ve prepared ourselves. Our cooking retreats are whole-food plant-based, and focus on delicious and nutrient dense recipes and ideas that you will want to cook at home. There will also plenty of time for rest and good conversation. As we progress through the retreat we discover new recipes, and certainly new perspectives. With a maximum of 6 participants you are ensured an intimate, highly rewarding, and delicious retreat!

Buddha Statue

Presence & Possibilities Retreats

Cultivating Presence in Daily Life

This is a fully catered residential retreat, which aims to support the cultivation of presence through daily meditations, embodied practises, periods of silence, and tranquil surrounds, allowing a shift to a more mindful way of being.
The aim of the retreat is to leave you feeling rested, more connected, less attached to old stories and automatic modes of reacting, and with experiential understanding of the ways in which being present supports our health, our relationships, and our enjoyment of life


Rest & Refocus Retreats

Fully Catered Retreat Opportunities

The peaceful & nurturing atmosphere of Te Whenua is all yours during our regular Rest & Refocus Retreats, offering an island of calm in a hectic life. Rest, replenish your wellbeing, and surrender to a simpler way of being in order to re-connect with your creativity, passions and joy. Be nourished with plant-focused ‘heart-to-table’ meals, and tap into time-honoured wellness and spiritual practises to carry you forward. We can't wait to meet you.


Bespoke Retreats

Here to Support You

Whether you are looking for a longer (or shorter) retreat, to be supported in a particular practise or a fast, or perhaps you are wanting the solitude of a solo retreat, then please don't hesitate to get in touch. If you are needing something bespoke at this time we will do our best to assist you.


Day-Long Retreats & Events at Te Whenua

Quiet Days, of Rest, Meditation & Reflection


Take A Valuable Time-Out

On the 1st day of the month, we offer the peaceful space of Te Whenua as a restful time-out to a limited amount of day guests. The day is held largely in silence. 

We offer a suggested schedule of sitting and walking meditation periods, although you are also welcome to just enjoy the quiet, and to tune into nature and your own inner wisdom.

A plant-based lunch is included, and we will end the day with home-made chai and an opportunity for connecting and sharing.

Death Cafe, at Te Whenua Retreat


Monday 5th July, 10.30am to 12:30pm

At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and experience and participate in a group-directed discussion around death. The event is free to attend.

Far from being morbid, the discussions are vibrant, free flowing and safe. We feel this fits naturally into the empowering and heart-centred space that Te Whenua provides, and we are honoured that this Death Cafe will be facilitated by the highly experienced Claire Turnham MBE, the founder of Only With Love.


"My stay at Te Whenua Retreat exceeded my expectations. I found I could sink into the stillness and wildness of the beautiful surroundings and allow a deep sense of relaxation and ease to sink into my bones.  The warm invitation to unwind, the delicious cooking, and time spent in rich conversation in the spa under the glorious night sky made for a memorable stay, and a desire to return before too long."


An evening with Kate Targett-Adams

A intimate performance + 2-course supper $125

We are incredibly excited that Kate Targett-Adams is offering a private performance for limited guests at Te Whenua Retreat. 
The evening will begin with a festive 2-course plant-based supper, followed by an intimate fire-side performance which will be a blend of her pure voice with the smaller Celtic harp. Kate will be showcasing songs not only from her own Celtic homeland of Scotland, but also from many other different world cultures and musical genres.
Kate says; "Although I have sung for audiences of up to 16,000 in China, my favourite stage is a more cosy and intimate one, where audience and artist can interact together and establish a more personal connection. I am so delighted to be performing for the first time in the beautiful setting of Te Whenua."
After many years based in Hong Kong, where Kate serenaded many dignitaries and performed at the Beijing Olympics, she moved with her Kiwi husband to Lake Hayes in March 2020 and she has been a regular retreat guest here. 
This is certain to be a magical evening that will book fast, so reserve your place today!