Spiritual and Eco Bay of Plenty Retreats

Retreats are special places for contemplation, relaxation and healing. This list of Spiritual and Eco Bay of Plenty Retreats are tranquil havens in native forest and organic garden settings, where nature is a big part of your experience.

These unique places to stay include a self-sufficient cottage with native birds and estuary views, rainforest chalets and glowworms, and an upmarket spa retreat offering aromatherapy and hot stone massage. Read on to find the perfect sanctuary for you….

Type of Accommodation: Eco-friendly and Organic | Spiritual Retreat
Location: Ohope Beach | Katikati | Tauranga Bay of Plenty | North Island | New Zealand
Price Range: $ – Cabin/Hostel | $$ – Budget | $$$ – Mid-range | $$$$ – Luxury | $$$$$ – Super Luxe
Links are to: Booking.com | Prices can vary depending on the season.

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1. Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary – Ohauiti, Tauranga

Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary - Ohauiti, Tauranga
Best for: Retro Rainforest Huts, Glow-worms, Rainforest Tour, Hot Breakfast, 2 Guests and Family Room, $$

This wildlife sanctuary is a peaceful oasis in the bush only 20 minutes from the centre of Tauranga. Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary offers exceptional friendly hospitality, a relaxing rainforest retreat, and bush walks.

The Space and Activities

You’ll find rustic retro huts crafted from recycled materials hidden in a lush garden setting. The glow worm tour and breakfast are included in the price.

Also, don’t miss the rainforest tour which is a fascinating walk through this QEII National Trust protected property with 500-year-old trees.

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2. Warm Earth Cottages – Aongatete

Warm Earth Cottage offers a unique and romantic escape in the Bay of Plenty, nestled in a valley south of the mural town of Katikati.

Perfect for couples seeking a quiet and intimate getaway. The cottages are set in a valley with the Waitekohe Stream nearby. This is a peaceful escape surrounded by nature. Designed after old New Zealand miners’ cottages, the bungalows provide a charming and rustic ambiance.

The Space

Warm Earth Cottages offers off-grid romantic cabins. The rustic interior includes exposed beams, warm wood tones, fireplaces, and a cosy atmosphere.

No electricity (candles and a lantern provided) and no WIFI enhances the romantic and unplugged experience.

A breakfast hamper is delivered to your cabin each morning for a leisurely start to the day.

The veranda with BBQ is perfect for enjoying meals outdoors with stunning views.

The outdoor bush bath is heated for you at dusk for a truly romantic experience.

Things to Do

  • Relax in the outdoor bush bath under the stars.
  • Enjoy walks or hikes in the surrounding nature.
  • Explore the nearby mural town of Katikati.
  • Visit geothermal wonders like Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland or Waimangu Volcanic Valley (both within driving distance).

Guest Review

No electricity and no WiFi makes it a relaxing area. The wooden burned bath is very romantic. You feel that someone wants to make you feel special the days that you are there.

Good to Know

  • Wellness packages are available
  • Dining area in each cottage
  • Private check in/check out

Ideal for couples seeking a getaway focused on relaxation, reconnection, and romance. Book at Booking.com.

3. Orange Tree Cottage – Ōpōtiki

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Orange Tree Cottage – Bay of Plenty Retreats
Best for: Eco Cottage, Native Wildlife, Views, Breakfast, Kayaking and Bike Tours, 2 Guest, $$

This darling little cottage for two is nicely positioned on a self-sufficient property in the countryside with views over the Ohiwa Harbour and estuary.

The owners are members of a local Care Group saving native wildlife, so you’re sure to see (and hear) lots of Tui, Bellbird, Kingfisher, Kereru, Fantails and Weka in this bird sanctuary.

Ōpōtiki is ideal for kayaking, biking, hiking, and fishing and you’re in luck…your hosts also run two adventure tour businesses – KG Kayaks and Mighty Motu Bike Tours – which offer wonderful opportunities to explore the countryside and the ocean.

The Space

Orange Tree Cottage is a studio with an extra-large double bed, lounge chairs, bathroom and kitchenette. French doors take you out to the small deck and those views. The farm has chickens, cows, and fruit trees, with figs, apples, avocados, limes, and plums. Hopefully, you’ll visit when the trees are in fruit!

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4. 9 Senses Wellness Retreat – Ohope Beach

Best for: 4 Star B&B Spa Retreat, Hot Stone Massage, Aromatherapy, Organic Gardens, Glow Worms, $$$

Rest, relax and rejuvenate at 9 Senses Wellness Retreat in the hills above Ohiwa Harbour. This high end retreat offers spa therapies, hot-stone massage, full-body massage, Tai Chi classes, aromatherapy , healing, and cooking classes.

Surrounded by organic gardens, a food forest with heritage fruit trees, and an olive grove, the food prepared at the retreat is healthy and delicious. The property is also surrounded by native bush, birds and glow worms so a tour with the hosts of this enchanting setting is a must-do.

Healthy Food:

Guests can enjoy bounty from the property including fresh fruit, macadamia nuts, walnuts, herbal teas, raw juices and spring water. The retreat also press their own extra virgin olive oil from the olive grove.

Spa Treatments include: body wrap, light therapy, personal trainer and fitness, foot bath, body scrub, hair treatments, beauty and facial treatments

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