Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre
355 Wangapeka River Rd
R.D.2. Wakefield 7096
New Zealand
Phone: (03) 522 4221

Other Wangapeka Internet Sites:

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The Wangapeka Study & Retreat Centre, owned by the Wangapeka Educational Trust, is located about an hour and a half’s drive SW of Nelson, New Zealand. Nestled in the foothills of the Southern Alps it overlooks the beautiful Wangapeka River.


Visiting Wangapeka Retreat Centre


Please remember to bring sufficient cash to cover your dana to the teacher (if you are attending a group retreat).


What to Bring:

  • Bedding (pillow, pillowcase & 2 blankets are provided)
  • Towel
  • Personal items, toiletries, medication
  • Alarm clock
  • Torch (with spare batteries)
  • Easy slip-on shoes as all shoes are left outside buildings
  • Raincoat &/or umbrella

Winter: hot-water bottle, extra bedding and warm clothing.

Summer: sunscreen, insect repellent, sun hat, swimming gear.


Directions to Wangapeka Retreat centre:

From your starting point, drive to Tapawera (if you come from either the south or the north you will turn off State Highway 6 at Kohatu Junction).

Drive right through Tapawera, past the shops on your right and then just as you are leaving the township turn left onto Tadmore Valley Road.

(If coming from Motueka, just before you enter Tapawera, look for the Tadmore Valley Road on the right).

Drive past Tapawera Settle Backpackers. Then continue for about 9kms.

Look out for a tiny red roof church on your left and then a big white old shop with poles further on the right: At this old shop you will find the turn off right to Tadmor Bushend Road. Turn right onto this road. The road climbs up steeply at first. Continue on this road for several kms.

The road will turn to gravel and where it does so you are going straight ahead – don’t turn left onto Slippery Road. Continue straight and ignore first Hewitt road and then Jones road both on the right. Keep going and the road will turn into Wangapeka River Road.

You will come to a ‘Ford !!!!’ sign and The Wangapeka Retreat Centre is very soon after that. It takes about 20 minutes from Tapawera.


Transport options: Getting Here

As part of their business, Tapawera Settle Motels & Campground offer Nelson-Tasman transport options and have been involved with us for many years. We recommend contacting Colin for details and availability:

03 5224 334 / 027 954 37 66

Welcome to the Wangapeka, we look forward to meeting you.

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  2. I would like to know about the price and availability of your huts for a private retreat. I am interested in 3 – 4 nights. I will be visiting from Montana, USA in November. I am a counselor in the high school and am also interested in attending the session on Nourishing calm – Mindfulness for teachers on Nov 3-5. Sincerely, Sheri Blackwood

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