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WaiOra Beach Retreat

The Dream

Has been in the making since Vicky first arrived to live on Aotea, Great Barrier Island in 1987. This magical island has provided sustenance, rest and a place for healing since the arrival of the first Maori waka/canoes in the 1300's followed by Pakeha from the 1700's. Aotea lies approx. 90 kms N.E of Auckland at the outer edge of the Hauraki Gulf, and is accessible by scheduled daily flights and a regular car ferry service, which also provide the locals with freight. This is a place where one lives daily with all the elements and Mother Nature in all her glory, and is the perfect 'get-away holiday destination'  - right on the doorstep of one of the world's most liveable cities. 


The House

This spacious 2 bed-room eco-retreat and family home has been purpose-designed for a beachfront lifestyle with outdoor living in mind. There are internal and external hot water showers, a full off-grid system powered by solar panels and a back-up generator which supply both home and garden accommodation with electricity.

The house has a low-energy electric fridge plus gas cooking, gas hot water and a cosy woodfire
for those cooler nights, which provide the necessities for year-round comfortable living.

The house is graced with a large covered front deck for relaxing and dining, and a sunny back deck flowing

into the garden. Our garden has mature fruit trees and is well stocked with herbs and vegetables.

Water-based and eco paint products have been used caringly throughout the house.

Your Holiday

During your stay this home will become your 'home away from home'. Vicky will endeavour to help you plan your island holiday as required, can book transport and help arrange many other activities according to your interests. The beachfront lifestyle accommodation has a strong focus on holistic well-being, self-healing and your total R&R.


Retreat Holidays and Packages

WaiOra Wellbeing - run by your hostess Vicky, offers confidential consultations, Holistic coaching and personalised natural Native Flower Essence blends using First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand.  

These remedies support and help restore you to a sense of harmony, equilibrium and balance and are available at any time before or during your stay.


Wellbeing Wanders  - Vicky is an Internationally ttrained and certified Nature and Forest Therapy guide, mentor and Guide trainer offering local sensory connecting mindful Nature Bathing experiences. Great Barrier Island offers unique wetland, coastal and forest environments for this exciting fun and deeply connecting therapy that is currently taking the world's centre stage as one of the best well-being practices for mental emotional and physical health.

 Contact Vicky directly for more detailed information about workshops and walks.


Other local practitioners offer yoga classes, massage, herbal remedies, art and creative therapies as well as other 'hands on' healing modalities - so we can put together the perfect package for your requirements. 

Our collaborative program offers scheduled events for small groups and we can also help organise an individualised plan for your own personal or group Healing Retreat on request.


Holiday House Rates


The house sleeps up to 6 people in: 1x queen bed in the master bedroom, 1x split super king bed/beds in the Healing Room plus a double inner sprung sofa-bed in the living room. Porta-cot and extra mattress on request.

All Holiday House rates are for up to 6 guests. Children under 2 years are free.

Compulsory Cleaning Fee of $275 applies for all House rentals

Optional Linen fees of $35 pp (BYO beach towels)

High season:  Dec 1st to Apr 1st
$650 per night - for minimum of 7 nights

$625 per night - for 10+ nights

Labour weekend

$650 per night - for minimum of 3 nights

Easter Holidays

$650 per night - for minimum of 4 nights

Shoulder season:  Apr 2nd to  Jun1st & Sep 1st to Oct 31st (excl. Easter Holidays & Labour Weekend)
$625 per night - for
minimum of 5 nights
$595  per night - for 7+


Low season/Standard Rate:
$595 per night - for
minimum of 5 nights

$575 per night - for 7+ nights

Homestay and B&B Rates


The Healing Room in the main house has a very comfortable split Super-King bed/2x King single bed option. Shared bathroom kitchen and living  facilities. Extra rooms are available in the Garden Chalet and Sleepout

(see self-contained Garden Chalet below).

All rates quoted are for x 2 guests - extra guests $50 per person

Breakfast rates from $15.00  per person includes healthy DIY options. 

Special diets can be catered for at extra cost ($20 per person) - 3 days notice is required please.

Special rates for 5 nights plus on inquiry.  No minimum number of nights.

Rates Include cleaning fees and linen


High season: Dec 1st to Apr 1st, Labour weekend and Easter Holidays
$220 per night

Shoulder season: Apr 2nd to Jun 1st & Sept 1st to Oct 31st (excl. Easter and Labour w/e)
$200 per night

Low season/Standard rate:
$185 per night

Winter w/e specials:  Jun 2nd to August 31st

$320 for 2 nights (extra guests $50 per person)


Garden Chalet & Sleepout Rates


Sleeps up to 4 in a fully self-contained chalet and sleepout: 1x queen mattress plus single sofa bed in

self-contained chalet with kitchenette and toilet/shower. Sleepout has a king single bed. Weekly rates on request. Winter specials please enquire.

Compulsory Cleaning fee of $120 - Optional  linen fee of $30 per person


Seasonal rates:
Start from $175 per night for 2 people - $40 per extra person

High season: Dec 1st to Apr 1st, Labour weekend and Easter weekend
$200 per night for 2 guests (minimum of 3 nights, $40 per extra person)

Shoulder season:  Apr 2nd to Jun 1st & Sept 1st to Oct 31st (excl. Easter Holidays and Labour w/e)
$180 per night for 2 guests (no min. number of nights, $40 per extra person)

Winter w/e Specials: Jun 2nd  to August 31st

$295 for 2 nights for 2 guests

"I often work on Great Barrier but this was the first time I have used Airbnb. What a great choice. Vicky made me feel very welcome and nothing was a problem. Even though I was working, I returned home feeling as if I had returned from holiday. Great Barrier is so stress free and the people so friendly it makes you want to stay there forever. Thanks Vicky :)"


—  Nigel, Auckland December 2016

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