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

Vegan Trio
Wild Flowers

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 4 participants you are ensured an intimate, highly rewarding, and delicious retreat!

Rest & Renewal Retreats

Fully Catered Retreat Opportunities

The peaceful & nurturing atmosphere of Te Whenua is all yours during our regular Rest & Renewal 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.


Quiet Days, of Rest, Meditation & Reflection

Take A Valuable Time-Out

Once a 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

Friday 12th March, 12.30pm to 2pm

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 and runs for approx 90 minutes.

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.

Green Juice Prep

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.


"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."


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2277 Gibbston Highway, Queenstown, Otago, 9371

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