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 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.

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