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

For all enquiries:-

Contacting the centre directly:-
Email :
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’re coming from either Nelson or Murchison you will turn off State Highway 6 at Kohatu Junction. Drive through Tapawera and just before leaving the 50 km/hour zone turn left onto Tadmor Valley Road.

Otherwise if you are coming from Motueka, turn right onto Tadmor Valley Road as you enter Tapawera.

You should allow 20 to 25 minutes to drive to the centre from here.

Cross over the Motueka River and continue for about 9 kms. Watch out for a small white church sitting in a paddock on your left.  Slow down and on the next left hand bend carefully make a right turn onto Tadmor Bushend Road (signposted Wangapeka Retreat).  This is your last turn off and you can now ignore all side roads as Tadmor Bushend Road will turn into Wangapeka River Road.

Cross the Tadmor river and climb steeply before dropping down again, just past the next intersection the road will turn to gravel. Eventually you will come to a warning sign for a ford and then a few minutes drive further on you’ll see the  Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre sign on your left.

The drive up to the centre is steep so please use a low gear and use four wheel drive if you have it as this helps protect the road.

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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