Mana Retreat Centre

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AmAzing things to experience

Set on 360 acres nestled in the bush-covered rangers of the Coromandel with expansive sea views, Mana Retreat Centre is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the world.  Here you can rest into the natural surroundings and discover re-creation in a way that supports your well-being.

Climb our mountain summit or settle into the gentle sway of a hammock. Treat yourself to a massage or sauna – or wander to the Sanctuary where you can walk the labyrinth to the centre of your Self. 

Whether you journey here by yourself or with a friend, you will be sharing a group experience and one that we trust will be deeply nourishing.

Learn more about the Mana experience and preparing for your time here:


Mana is situated 20 minutes south of Coromandel Town, and is a two-hour drive from Auckland or Hamilton. We recommend that you take a moment to find the most sustainable and suitable travel option for your budget and time.


Mana is approximately a two-hour drive from Auckland or Hamilton. We have parking available on-site and encourage guests to car pool if possible.


Our local taxi company offer a shuttle service from Auckland City or the Airport. This is the most direct option for international travellers.


The Ferry Service offers once a day transport to and from Coromandel via downtown Auckland. A lovely scenic option, although a limited timetable.


Intercity bus have daily services from Auckland Airport or the City to Thames. THERE IS CURRENTLY NO SERVICE TO MANA OR COROMANDEL TOWN.


Accommodation Facilities

Centre & Dining Facilities

Outdoors & Recreation

Fresh & Organic
Fresh from the garden to your plate enjoy seasonal menus and produce.
Guilt Free Desserts
Enjoy balanced deserts with reduce refined sugar and delicious wholefood ingredients.

Mana Dining

Our beautiful, open plan kitchen is the warm, nourishing centre of Mana and the food served to guests is an vital aspect of the Mana experience. Our food philosophy is centred around lacto-ovo vegetarianism and we aim to source as many ingredients as we can locally and seasonally. Beyond tasting amazing, it is our intention for every meal to be a source of deeply nourishing.

It gives us pleasure to share some of our most requested recipes and the philosophy behind our menus. In the process we can respond to the questions most often asked about the food served at Mana. Click the links below to learn more…


A good night’s rest is essential for well-being. To support your comfort our beds are made up with fresh linen, soft pillows and towels. Some people find ear plugs helpful in shared rooms. On a crisp cool night you will find additional woolen blankets, a small heater and hot water bottles to add warmth. For those venturing to the sauna or bush bath extra towels are available.

Our modest and comfortable lodges include shared rooms with single beds. Most rooms are twin share and are allocated same gender. We have a limited number of rooms with double beds for couples and a few single beds available in the main centre building. The photo shows one of our largest rooms with four beds.


"Mana provides such a nurturing environment for rejuvenation; the land, the people, the food, fires and programmes will fill your heart and soul."

~ Helen Dodd, Oct 2019

Virtual Tour

Take a peek at the Mana Experience with a tour of our main centre.

Getting here by car

Driving from Thames:

From Thames take Highway 25 toward Coromandel. After about 30 mins on the coast road you will come to Wilson Bay after which the highway turns inland and uphill. After a short dip the road rises again to Manaia Summit and Rest Area. From here proceed 2 klms downhill looking for the sign on the right “Mana Retreat 300m”. Turn right into the drive. (Click here to see a detailed map and directions)

Click here to see the entrance off State Highway 25.
(opens a Google Map – Street View)

If arriving after dark, the drive is marked by a series of red reflectors on stockyard fencing. Passing a side road to the left, continue up the drive to the fishpond and palm. The Centre is on the left and the office is through the double doors. The car park is a few metres beyond the centre. You are welcome to park on the tennis courts.

Private taxi or shared shuttle service

Thames Taxi Ltd – offers a shuttle service from Auckland Airport to Mana Retreat Centre. The price varies according to the number of passengers.

$300pp for 1 passenger/$150pp for 2 passengers/$100pp 3+ passengers

Telephone – 07 868 3100

Getting here by ferry

Downtown Auckland to Coromandel – they run Tuesday, Thursday, Friday departing Auckland & Coromandel & Sunday departing Coromandel – although the sailings are at 8.45am or 6pm – depending on the day – from downtown Auckland & would require you taking a shuttle there – this may be suitable if your flight is an early or later arrival. We can pick you up from the ferry depot & bring you to Mana for a donation of $20-$30. The ferry is cancelled during rough weather, although a bus to replace it is provided. Approx $65 per person.

Return tickets are best booked during the retreat as there are often other participants wishing to carpool.

The ferry arrives into Hannafords Wharf, which is approximately a 15 minute drive from the centre. We offer a service to pick you up from the wharf, and we do this using a sliding scale rate — one way service costs either $20, $25 or $30 per person depending on your budget. Alternatively there is a local cab service that will charge $70 one way.

getting here by bus

Auckland Airport to Mana
– has a direct bus from Auckland Airport or Auckland Central to Mana every day departing at 6:42am, arriving 10:39am. 

When booking online Mana Retreat Centre has its own drop off location; please select this to avoid paying for and travelling to Coromandel town (which is a further 15 minutes away). See the example below.

A return bus service is available from Thame direct to Auckland Central, or the a Airport. These buses depart at 2:40pm and need to be booked along side a shuttle/taxi to get to Thames (which is approx 50min drive from the centre).


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