Sacred Forest Magic Beach
This eight night magical journey will lead us around The Coromandel Peninsula, one of the most diverse, scenic and eclectic parts of the country. With its lush forests and breathtaking beaches, this is a must see for any visit to New Zealand. This unique tour will lead you on a journey to a Buddhist retreat centre, a forest bathing resort and will include native medicine walks, outdoor spas, yoga, beach bbqs, stargazing and much more.
Our tour begins in Auckland where we will take an easy 2 hour drive to our first stop of a tranquil Buddhist meditation centre. We will take the time to explore meditation, forest bathing and native plants. We continue on to the beautiful town of Whangapoua, boasting world-renowned New Chums beach, a short walk away. Experience the wonder of a true kiwi bach experience before continuing to spend our final three nights in a luxurious forest retreat. A deep dive into full nature immersion and natural hot springs end our tour. This tour is led by Hannah McQuilkan qualified Naturopath, Medical Herbalist and Forest Bathing Practitioner, along with Louise Taylor, yoga teacher and somatic therapist and Rakura, Maori Medicine Woman.
May all people experience a deep and profound connection to nature
- Forest Bathing - soak up the lush New Zealand while learning the Japanese art of Forest Bathing - feeling and becoming one with the sentient forest
- Blind-folded dinner - Delight your senses with a blind-folded dinner by Louise Taylor
- World famous beach - New Chums Beach in Whangapoua - prepare to be amazed!
- Star gazing - Discover the southern nights sky with a star gazing expedition
- Hot water Beach - this stunning beach has a not so secret secret, we dig a hole in the sand and hot water comes out - creating our own private pool!
- The Lost Springs Spa - luxuriate in these beautiful hot pools, with natural water from deep under the ground.
Venue HighlightsBuddhist Retreat Centre – Hidden in a native forest is a tranquil Buddhist retreat centre. This is an opportunity to calm your mind and start to gently melt away the layers standing between you and a profound connection to nature. Rooms are simple with shared bathrooms. Food is vegetarian only. We will work with a Buddhist teacher who will guide us through meditations and share insights linking Buddhist beliefs to nature.
Kiwi Bach – Holiday like a local! Kiwis love their beach holidays and call their holiday homes a ‘bach’ (pronounced batch). We will be staying in a lovely Kiwi bach, located in the secluded holiday town of Whangapoua. Located right next to a stunning white sand beach, with calm water, perfect for swimming. You will take another step in your relaxation journey.
Wairua Lodge – This luxury lodge is set in its own native New Zealand forest. The rooms are spacious and well-appointed, with private bathrooms. The property features bush walks, natural swimming holes and private outdoor hot tubs. Its secluded nature atmosphere will lead us into a full nature immersion experience.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Tour Assistance
- Hot Tub
Your adventure departs from Auckland 9am. Stop in charming Thames for morning tea and continue to the Buddhist Retreat Centre where we will spend our first 3 nights. After orientation, lunch and a rest, there will be an introduction to Forest Bathing and a Forest Bathing excursion. After dinner, we will be treated to a talk about Buddhist principles and nature by one of the Buddhist Teachers.
Wake up for our optional Buddhist Meditation followed by an hours yoga session. After breakfast, we will head out to experience a native plant workshop, learning about some of the special NZ plants and uses. Break for lunch. After lunch, we head into charming Coromandel town to ride on the quaint Barry Brickell Railway and check out the cafes/souvenir and art shops. Return to the Buddhist Centre for dinner and enjoy a deep relaxation experience with a Buddhist Teacher.
Wake up to a Buddhist Meditation. After breakfast, we depart for a full days tour to the northernmost tip of the Coromandel Penisula. You will have the option of doing the breathtaking coastal walkway or staying the van and meeting us. After returning to the Buddist Centre we will recentre with a short walking meditation. After dinner there will be an optional Aromatherapy
demonstration and how you can incorporate essential oils into your Forest Bathing Practice.
We wake up with an optional morning meditation and hours yoga session. Then we drive to the sleepy beach town, Whangapoua. We will get settled into our comfortable Kiwi Bach (Holiday House). For the rest of the day we will walk over to acclaimed New Chums beach, including Forest Bathing and enjoy a beach picnic for lunch. We will stay here relaxing, sunbathing and swimming, return at your leisure. Dinner will be a relaxed Kiwi BBQ, followed by a trip to an observatory where we will take in the Southern night's sky.
Louise Taylor (Somatic Therapist) will lead us in a morning yoga session followed by breakfast. Louise will guide us through a sensory nature experience, where you will deepen your relationship to the natural world. After lunch we will have a relaxed beach day, relaxing on the white sands of Whangapoua. Dinner will be an unforgettable blindfolded sensory dinner, prepared by Louise, to awaken your senses.
After another yoga session with Louise and breakfast, we drive to the luxurious Wairua Forest Lodge. We will be welcomed with morning tea. After settling in and enjoying the stunning surroundings including natural swimming holes and hot tubs nestled
in the forest we will have lunch. After lunch there will be an afternoon Forest Bathing
session on the land. After dinner, we will sit around an open fire and listen to Maori myths and legends from a local storyteller.
After an optional morning barefoot forest bathing excursion and breakfast we will spend the day exploring famous Hotwater Beach and Cathedral Cove. At hotwater beach we will dig to make our own hot water pools from the thermal water that comes up through the sand. After a cafe lunch, we will walk to Cathedral Cove, a stunning rock gateway. Heading back to our accommodation for dinner. After dinner, we will have a campfire shamanic journey with a live didgeridoo, intensifying out intentions for the peak experience to follow tomorrow.
After breakfast, get ready for Peak Experience Day, a solo 2-3 hour journey into the forest, integrating all that you have learned on this tour so far. You will return for lunch. In the evening we will head to The Magical Lost Springs Spa for a soak in these delicious natural hot springs and have dinner at the restaurant.
After breakfast, we leave Wairua lodge at 11am and will be back in Auckland City by 1pm. Congratulations you have dived deep into nature and will carry all that you have experienced for many years to come.
- Includes Meat
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
Oat porridge *(please specify if you want an alternative eg millet)
Various Milks - dairy and non-dairy
Sides for cereals = seeds, raisins, coconut, cinnamon
Bread, fruit bread incl gluten free
Spreads = tahini, peanut butter, honey, jam, marmalade
See photo for lunch options at the Buddhist Retreat - at this location it is full vegetarian. Once we move on we will be incorporating some meat for those who want it.
AccommodationsSimple twin share rooms unless otherwise requested.
At the Buddhist Centre and Kiwi Bach bathrooms will be shared. At Wairua lodge there is a private bathroom per bedroom. Towels and basic toiletries are provided.