DECEMBER Wellness Retreats In New Zealand

with Jessie Chapman & facilitators
5 Night 6 Day All Inclusive Retreat
Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand
Sunday 1st- Friday 6th December 2024

Join Jessie Chapman & facilitators for this inspirational Wellness Retreats In New Zealand staying in a beautiful mountain view lodge outside Wanaka on New Zealand’s stunning South Island. Each day on retreat is an inspired journey of dedicated yoga practice, awe-inspiring hiking, delicious meals and juices, restorative yoga, natural stillness and yoga nidra. This is your time to relax, strengthen and regenerate in beautiful natural surrounds. 

New Zealand Yoga Retreats
One legged pose
Glorious View
Stile on walk

Everyone is welcome and well cared for by Jessie and the experienced Radiance facilitators. The yoga classes are designed for all, from the complete beginner to those with a regular practice, with lots of nourishing one-on-one yoga adjustments and instruction.

Rest by the lake
New Zealand Walk
Yoga New Zealand

Daily Rituals

wake up in stunning surrounds
7am: inspirational morning yoga practice
9am: fresh morning juice & abundant buffet breakfast 
10am: join our days hike or opt to rest / have a massage
12pm: picnic lunch on our hike 
4pm: refreshments back at our retreat
5pm: afternoon restoration yoga
7pm: delicious vegetarian dinner
8.30pm: yoga nidra / guided relaxation 
deep restorative sleep

Retreat Price I Room Options

$2735 – Twin Room (1 set of bunks each) + shared bathroom (p/p)
$2975 – Twin Room (1 King/1 Single) + shared bathroom (p/p)
$2975 – Couple’s Room + shared bathroom (p/p)
$3365 – Single Room + shared bathroom
$3165 – Couple’s Room + own bathroom (p/p)
$3295 – Couple’s Cabin + own bathroom + jacuzzi (p/p)
$3775 – Single Cabin + own bathroom + jacuzzi

Many people join our Wellness Retreats In New Zealand on their own and can either book a single room or share with another participant.

What's Included

5-nights accommodation
Pick-up & return transfers from Queenstown Airport & town centre
Morning and afternoon yoga classes
4 full day’s stunning hiking and nature walks
All delicious meals and juices
Packed lunches to carry in our daypacks
Some silent mindfulness walking, nature & forest bathing
Evening yoga nidra / meditation
All day teas, coffees, fruits and drinking water
Our driver meets guests at Queenstown Airport and the town centre for easy transition to our retreat.

Not included: Airfares and travel insurance.

Massages are available to book in-house with an experienced deep tissue, relaxation and therapeutic massage therapist.

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Yoga by the lake
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Jessie & facilitators

Your retreat hosts are Jessie Chapman along Lee Purdie. Jessie has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than 25 years and offering Yoga Retreats in New Zealand , Asia,  and Europe since 2002. Author of 4 Yoga Books including Yoga Postures for your Body, Mind & Soul (HarperCollins) and the Radiance Yoga DVD Series, Jessie loves sharing the transformational yoga retreat journey, creating space for people to deepen in yoga and to be inspired in beautiful natural surrounds. 

Yoga, Restoration & Stillness

The morning yoga classes are an inspired blend of full body joint limbering and loosening, pranayama to cultivate relaxed deep full breathing and natural stillness followed by gentle warm up vinyasa yoga sequences, core awareness and working with mindfulness in the many and varied yoga postures to develop strength, flexibility, stability and correct alignment. Jessie’s yoga teaching experience, along with the facilitators, allows everyone to be supported and challenged according to their individual needs and level of practice. Variations of the postures are demonstrated to suit different energy levels and physical conditions with yoga props often used to give support along with an abundance of nourishing yoga adjustments from the Radiance team.

The afternoon Restoration yoga classes combine slow gentle stretching and opening along with Restoration yoga postures to deeply relax the body, to overcome exhaustion and fatigue and to restore energy levels. Jessie loves to share the many and varied Restorative postures and practices and their powerful healing benefits. Restoration yoga naturally cultivates an open body, relaxed full breathing, stillness and connection.

Other yoga practices throughout the retreat included guided seated and silent walking meditations and evening Yoga Nidra; guided lying down relaxation before bed.

Cross Legged Pose
Side lift
Legs up the wall
Outdoor Yoga

Our Hiking Days

It’s about the journey, not the destination‘. Jessie has been leading Yoga & Hiking retreats in this region since 2017. When walking we are not hurrying; rather we are taking in the sights and sounds and stopping to rest, connect and absorb. Each day we will enjoy some silent walking on our trails to quieten and connect with our surrounds and within. Some hiking days include stronger trails with up and down hills, some small forest paths, some higher mountain walks and some flatter walks. People in good health and of all ages have managed the hikes well. The Wanaka area is full of stunning lakes, National Parks, mountains, rivers and glaciers. The trails we take are well trodden and average approximately 7-15 km of varying elevation with some hikes offering options to take a flatter trail or to go higher. Enjoy all our hikes or rest as needed, read in the gardens, have a massage or explore Wanaka town. More hiking and ‘what to bring’ details are emailed upon registration.

Accommodation & Location

We stay in a beautiful mountain view lodge 10 minutes’ drive outside Wanaka on New Zealand’s stunning South Island. The expansive lodge features stunning views and gardens with indoor and outdoor lounge and relaxation areas, a laundry for guest use, wi-fi and all-day refreshments. Accommodation options include Private Cabins with ensuite bathroom and spa bath. Couple’s Room with own bathroom. Single Room with king bed and shared bathroom. Twin Room with a single and king bed and shared bathroom. Bunk Room with two sets of bunks (for two guests) with shared bathroom. Rooms with shared bathrooms access large communal bathrooms with ample facilities. During our retreat an experienced local Massage Therapist is available to book for in-house sessions.

Single Room
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Couple Room

Delicious Shared Meals

Our retreat meals are lovingly prepared using fresh local ingredients and are all vegetarian, abundant and delicious. Breakfasts include a fresh morning juice and a delicious buffet selection. Lunches are prepared picnics to eat on our hike or at the lodge if resting. Dinners are delicious, abundant home-cooked meals. Our menu is all vegetarian and mostly gluten free with special dietary requests catered for. Water, teas, coffees and fresh fruits are available throughout the retreat.

Retreat Food
Taking a Break
Outdoor fire and sitting area

Getting There, Arrival & Departure

Arrival Day: Our group pick up and meeting places are 1.30 pm in Queenstown Centre or 2pm at Queenstown Airport. The drive from Queenstown to Wanaka and our lodge takes about 1.5 hours. Upon arrival there’s time to settle into your room, relax and enjoy refreshments before a gentle afternoon stroll to stretch your legs and look around. Our first afternoon relaxation yoga class is at 5.30 pm followed by dinner at 7 pm and then Yoga Nidra, a guided relaxation before bed.

Departure Day: On the last day of the retreat yoga is a shorter class from 7 – 8 am followed by breakfast. We then depart the lodge at 9 am to arrive at Queenstown Airport between 10.30 and 11 am for returning flights. If staying on in Queenstown, our driver next drops guests to town. If you have a later flight, there are lockers at the airport to store luggage. You can then explore Queenstown before returning to the airport via the airport shuttle or a taxi.

Many airlines fly into Queenstown International Airport. If requiring accommodation before or after our retreat we suggest staying in Queenstown where there’s an abundance of accommodation options.

Full retreat details are emailed upon registration or Contact Us with any questions. 


“Everyday my breath was taken away with the beauty of this wonderful place and the calmness I felt after a day’s hike. I’ve sparked a new love of the yoga Jessie guided us through every morning and afternoon and have manged to keep my Zen and some wonderful habits, I can’t recommend enough joining Jessie on one of her retreats, I know I’ll be back, thanks so much and to the beautiful people I spent the week with.”
Louise – New Zealand Yoga Hike Restore Retreat

“Led by the loveliest guides, Jessie & Lee, this Wellness Retreats In New Zealand greatly exceeded my expectations and blew me away. I came home completely refreshed and revitalised. It was simply the most beautiful restorative retreat with the perfect balance of yoga, hiking, stillness, stunning scenery, great people and amazing nutritious food. Loved every minute.”
Alison – Wellness Retreats In New Zealand

“Such a wonderful adventure in New Zealand amongst stunning scenery with daily yoga and hiking – what a joyful way to spend time on myself. Jessie, ably assisted by Lee, is a fabulous teacher and I can highly recommend attending any of her retreats. Was a much-needed time to practice some self-care.
Jennifer – New Zealand Yoga Hike Restore Retreat

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