Welcome to the Wangapeka Study & Retreat Centre, owned by The Wangapeka Educational Trust, we are located about an hour and a half’s drive SW of Nelson, New Zealand. Nestled in the foothills of the Southern Alps we overlook the beautiful Wangapeka River and have an excellent microclimate for sunny weather. Renowned as a wonderful place to meditate, people come from all over the world to experience what’s on offer.

Our Contact Details

Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre
355 Wangapeka River Rd
R.D.2. Wakefield 7096
New Zealand

Phone: (03) 522 4221


The contact information for Caretakers and Board of Trustees can be found at

Directions to Wangapeka Study and 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 Sherry River 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.

Visiting Wangapeka Study and 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: This is the standard ‘what to bring list’

  • Two sheets or a sleeping bag and one sheet.  We provide one blanket and a light duvet, plus one pillow and a pillowcase – if you have special requirements, please bring your own
  • Towel/s
  • Unscented personal items and toiletries
  • Any prescription and over-the-counter medications you may require
  • Alarm clock
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Art materials, notebook, and pens
  • Cash (for forgotten items, dana/koha, book purchases)
  • Raincoat and umbrella
  • Good walking shoes (there are beautiful walks to enjoy)
  • Easy slip-on shoes for everyday use, as all shoes are left outside buildings

Winter:  Hot water bottle, waterproof footwear, slippers or socks and extra warm clothing and bedding.  

Summer:  Sunscreen, insect repellent, sun hat, and swimming gear.

Transport options: Getting Here

At the present time there is no public or private transport provider available to get you to the Centre.
If you are unable to make your own transport arrangements, we suggest you contact the Course Manager of your retreat. They may be able to connect you with another course participant willing to offer you a lift.

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

Here is a Google map of the Wangapeka, we are away from the hustle and bustle of city living so you may need to zoom out to see what we are close to:

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