The Best of Both Islands: New Zealand

      Auckland, New Zealand

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      Walker Wellness Retreats
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      43 reviews
      Feb 8 - 18, 2024
      Group size: 8 - 12
      The Best of Both Islands: New Zealand
      Auckland, New Zealand

      Walker Wellness Retreats
      • Email address verified
      43 reviews

      Feb 8 - 18, 2024
      Group size: 8 - 12

      About this trip

      On this 11-day, all-inclusive adventure to New Zealand, you will enjoy the best of both islands. This luxury vacation will include highly rated hotels, activities, local guides, transportation throughout, all meals, daily excursions, and more! There is something for everyone!


      Please note that everything is entirely optional. The itinerary and hotels are subject to change due to weather and availability. This retreat is a little more active as we will be moving from place to place as we explore both islands, but we hope to provide you with a nice mixture of relaxation and excursions. Please also note that the retreat officially starts on the first day during the welcome dinner and ends after breakfast on the last day.


      Please plan to fly into Auckland (AKL) on the first day and out of Queenstown (ZQN) on the last day of the retreat.


      * We are currently on a waitlist for this retreat. Please add yourself to the wait list if you are interested in joining us in New Zealand.

      Meet Your Host

      Amy Walker, MSW, LCSW, CCM, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Owner of Walker Wellness Retreats. She started Walker Wellness Retreats in 2016 due to her love for travel and helping others experience the world. 


      Amy works as an online mental health therapist when she is not leading international retreats. She is passionate about helping individuals and couples work through barriers and find new ways to communicate, connect, and thrive. She loves international travel, wine tasting, whale watching, and the outdoors. Amy works alongside her husband, Brian Walker, to run Walker Wellness Retreats. 


      To meet more of the Walker Wellness Retreats team, visit the About Us page on our website. 

      Visa Requirements

      You need to apply and be approved for the NZeTA before arrival.

      Apply for the NZeTA online and stay for a maximum of 3 months. 

      Payment & Cancellation Policy

      In the event of trip cancellation before the 90-day deadline, $500 of the deposited amount is non-refundable, as well as any airfare, train tickets, or ferry tickets purchased as part of your trip package due to the strict cancellation policy by foreign carriers ( If applicable).


      Trip cancellations requested after the final payment deadlines listed above are non-refundable, and guests are encouraged to file a claim with their travel insurance for reimbursement. 

      In the unlikely event Walker Wellness Retreats cancels the retreat, guests will be provided a full 100% refund of their booking. 


      Lastly, we partner with several third-party booking platforms with separate deposit and cancellation policies. Please refer to their specific cancellation policies if booking through a third-party partner.


      Questions about refunds or cancellations? Click here to view our payment and cancellation policy.


      The deadline to book an international retreat is 30 days before the retreat begins; however, some exceptions can be made based on availability. Please email us at contact@walkerwellnessretreats.com to inquire about booking after the deadline.

      What’s included

      • Accommodations
        11 days/10 nights in highly-rated accommodations
      • Airport Transfers
        Pick-up at Auckland Airport (AKL) and drop-off at Queenstown Airport (ZQN)
      • BBQ Cruise
        TSS Earnslaw cruise to Walter Peak including gourmet BBQ dinner and a farm tour
      • Cultural Experience
        Te Pā Tū hangi & Māori cultural experience
      • Domestic Airfare
        Domestic airfare from Auckland to Queenstown
      • Footwhistle Glowworm
        Footwhistle Glowworm Cave Tour
      • Gratuity
        Gratuities for tour guides, restaurant staff, and drivers
      • Hiking Excursion
        The famous Routeburn Track
      • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
        Hobbiton Movie Set tour from Shires Rest
      • Meals
        All meals during the retreat (breakfast, lunch, & dinner)
      • Mou Waho Excursion
        Mou Waho Excursion
      • Private Driver/Guide
        Private driver/guide and transport
      • Skyline Gondola
        Skyline Gondola return trip & dinner
      • Transportation
        All transportation during the retreat
      • Waimangu Volcanic Valley
        Waimangu Volcanic Valley Walk and Boat Cruise Combo
      • Wine tasting
        Wine tasting excursion

      What’s not included

      • Additional Items
        Souvenirs, drinks, snacks, additional excursions, or other personal items
      • Additional Gratuity
        Gratuities of a personal nature (hotel staff, spa services, etc.)
      • Airfare
        International Airfare to Auckland and out of Queenstown
      • Alcoholic Beverages
        Any alcoholic beverages (unless listed on itinerary)
      • COVID-19
        Any COVID-19 related tests or documentation (if applicable)
      • Insurance
        Travel insurance and medical insurance (required)
      • Milford Sound Excursion
        Milford Sound Drive and Cruise or Flight Experience
      • Travel Fees
        Any travel-related fees (visas, passports, baggage, etc.)
      • Visa
        NZeTA It allows citizens from the 60 countries in the Visa Waiver Programme to travel to New Zealand without the need to apply for a Visa Visitor.

      Available Packages

      All-Inclusive Double Occupancy

      Double occupancy includes a private bedroom and private bathroom for 2 people.


      Helpful hints: If you have two people who would like to share a room, select 2 Double Occupancy packages. If you are traveling alone but want to be paired with another solo traveler, select 1 Double Occupancy package. If you are traveling alone and want your own room, select 1 Single Occupancy package below.

      $6,995
      Deposit: $1,749
      All-Inclusive Single Occupancy

      Single occupancy includes a private bedroom and private bathroom for 1 person.


      Helpful hints: If you are traveling alone but want to share a room with another traveler, select 1 Double Occupancy package above. If you are booking for two people who would like to share a room, select 2 Double Occupancy packages above. 

      $7,995
      Deposit: $1,999

      Available options

      Shotover
      $100
      Sold Out


      Itinerary

      Day 1
      Auckland Arrival & Welcome - Thursday, February 8th

      Welcome!


      Upon arrival at Auckland Airport (AKL), Amy Walker will greet you with a Walker Wellness Retreats sign. Transportation to the hotel will be provided.


      Depending on your arrival time, the day is free to spend at your leisure before the retreat officially begins this evening with a group welcome dinner and retreat orientation. 


      7:00 pm - Dinner at Oyster & Chop at 7:00 pm. Meet in the lobby at 6:30 pm.


      Situated in the heart of Auckland's vibrant Viaduct Harbour with great water views from every table, their menu showcases the finest beef and lamb, grass and grain fed, sourced domestically and internationally from the best suppliers. You'll find our beef and lamb cuts listed by breed, fed, and country of origin, all prepared to your liking on our state-of-the-art grill – the engine of our kitchen.


      They also proudly feature a wide selection of the freshest seafood, emphasizing oysters from Auckland and Northland's best producers supplied daily and our world-renowned native flat shell Bluff oysters when in season.  


      The two-course meal is included and alcoholic beverages at your own expense. Your tour guide will also join you this evening to meet you all!


      Lodging:

      QT Auckland

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      Welcome to Walker Wellness Retreats! Thank you for taking the time to learn about us! We created Walker Wellness Retreats to share the positive impact travel can have with as many people as possible. Travel makes the world seem not so large. It opens your mind to new ways of thinking. Together we can use our diverse skills and experience of traveling the world to design and plan incredible adventures to bring like-minded travelers together to unique places around the globe!

      Reviews

      AC
      To say I was forever changed by this trip would be an understatement. This was my second retreat with Walker Wellness and everything was perfect. I always believe the yoga, hiking and gourmet meals will be my favorite part. But I find the people I meet to be the most moving part of the entire experience. I have developed a deeper sense of myself, increased inner peace and lasting friendships. What more could you ask for?
      By Abby C for Sedona Hiking & Yoga on Jun 12, 2024
      Thank you, Abby, for your kind words and ongoing support! We look forward to traveling with you again soon.
      By Walker Wellness Retreats on Jun 12, 2024
      WW
      Phenomenal from start of finish, first-class accommodations in a private home, nestled in the mountains near Zion. Our retreat host/yoga instructor lead beautiful practice in the mornings and evenings, complete with mandala and essential oils. Yoga mats and props were provided. The beauty of having a van transport you to and from the park every day was a huge plus. The food was delicious and nutritious with plenty of options for the vegan or vegetarian. Breakfast was served and dining was serene outside on the deck overlooking the mountains and forest. Lunch fixings were laid out where you assembled, and then were able to put into your backpack and take on your hike. Returning from a day of hiking, we had restorative yoga in the evenings and then were treated to gourmet dinners with healthy and decadent options. The hot tub underneath the stars was a nice bonus after a day on the hiking trails. Sleeping rooms were spacious, showers were nice and clean with good pressure. Snacks were provided and we never were wanting for anything. Every need was taken care of for a particularly relaxing experience, unplugged. Hiking Scout's Lookout and Angel's Landing, one of our retreat members received the lottery and the Narrows opened up on our last day. The beauty of Southern Utah with the luxurious experience that Walker Wellness provides, we were very prepared with the Zoom call prior to the event. I will definitely be back, hopefully to Sedona or Yellowstone. Walker Wellness is the way to go!
      By Shari M for Zion National Park Hiking & Yoga on May 22, 2024
      Thank you for your kind words, Shari! We loved hosting you and hope to see you again soon at another retreat!
      By Walker Wellness Retreats on May 22, 2024
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      The Zion / Bryce Canyon Hiking + Yoga Retreat was all I wished for and more! Super well organized, delicious food, lovely yoga sessions! Highly recommend!
      By Cheryl G for Zion National Park Hiking & Yoga on May 22, 2024
      Thank you for your feedback, Cheryl! We're so happy to hear you had a great time in Zion. We'd love to see you on another retreat soon!
      By Walker Wellness Retreats on May 22, 2024
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      JD
      Kudos to Alle(Alley cat💕) a superb yoga leader and retreat guide extraordinaire! I am fresh back from Walker Wellness’s Zion/Bryce Canyon yoga retreat and I have to say it is one of the best trip experiences in my life to date. The yoga was tailored to our group of warm, friendly, and interesting women’s needs. I feel so blessed to have met such a nice group of women! The parks were stunning and the hikes were spectacular! There were plenty of opportunities for photo ops and shopping in the parks and in the quaint town just outside of Zion. Meals were prepared by Amber who was creative and inventive and a smiling face every morning over coffee /tea and breakfast. And just in case meals were not enough there were plenty of yummy snacks available. I will definitely be planning another trip with Walker Wellness! My thanks and praise to Alle and Amber!!
      By Jill D for Zion National Park Hiking & Yoga on May 11, 2024
      The Zion & Bryce Canyon Retreat was INCREDIBLE. Perfect blend of yoga, hiking, nature and community. The food was delicious and nutritious. The facilitator Alle was an absolute delight. I'd highly recommend this experience!
      By Emily H for Zion National Park Hiking & Yoga on May 08, 2024
      Thank you Emily! So glad to hear to had a wonderful time. Hope we see you on another retreat here soon!
      By Walker Wellness Retreats on May 08, 2024
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