Aio Wira was founded in 1970, by a group of yoga students who gave their time, energy and money to its development. It is not based on any specific spiritual philosophy but exists to support all who wish to develop in body, mind and spirit. The centre is governed by a Trust Board and run by a small staff.
Aio Wira is situated in the Waitakere Ranges on the western outskirts of Auckland City. Its buildings are set in 4 hectares of native bush, bordered on one side by the Waitakere Stream and on the other by bush reserves. There are some delightful bush walks both at Aio Wira and nearby. Other recreational activities close by include Te Henga/Bethells Beach, the Waitakere Golf Club and Pony Treks.
This beautiful, quiet setting is still very accessible to Auckland City, being no more than 40 minutes by car from the Downtown area and less than 1 hour by train.