Main Centre Courtyard

Accommodation at the Centre

The welcoming fireplaces of the main room and the meditation room ensure a cosy stay and the wood-fired boiler provides ample  hot water for showers.

Te Moata houses those attending retreats in two  main sleeping areas at the centre with  a total of 22 separate sleeping cubicles,  upstairs and  down.  Three single rooms under the centre supplement these together with three courtyard rooms, each of which can take two people (one up and one down). The courtyard rooms are close to all facilities so are ideal for anyone with mobility issues.

The Healing Hut, which can take two people, is just a short distance from the centre and  is often requested by those who enjoy its ambience, as is the little caravan, Punkle. This gives a total of 34 sleeping spaces. Five of the single rooms at the centre and the Healing Hut can easily be configured into double rooms for a couples course, and together with cottages, seven or eight couples’ spaces can be created. The accommodation is simple but adequate. For large retreats marae space can be set up using curtains to give a level of privacy. Teachers are accommodated in cosy, self contained cottages with those cottages not required for teachers/facilitators being used for cooks, service teams and retreatants.

During the summer months tents and camper vans can add to our accommodation for large retreats. The most we have accommodated recently is 61.

As Te Moata is off the grid all lighting is solar.

Carpeted Room

Snug Pit

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Near Cottages

There are three cosy, self- contained cottages near the centre. These are The Air Hut, The Earth Hut and Santara. They are well equipped with bathrooms  and  kitchens with gas fridges, two have fireplaces.  Lighting is solar.

Some of these Cottages are available for short and long stays throughout the year, not just when retreats are held.

Dana suggested for The Air Hut, The Earth Hut and Santara is $35 per person per night from March through to November and $70 per person per night during December, January and February. Free feel to contact us about the availability for these.

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Te Moata remote retreat huts.

Three simple bush huts are available for personal retreats; The Kauri Cabin, Cliff Kuti and The Far Hills Hut. **The Barn which is the oldest building at Te Moata,  is not currently available as it is in need of renovation. Plans have been drawn up and this will be done when funds are available

Please note  the following if you are considering making a booking for a remote hut;

  • a degree of physical fitness is needed to hike through the bush to the huts, carrying your food, bedding etc
  • the huts have wood-burning fires, a  gas ring for cooking, a mattress and pillow, a basic toilet, tank water (needs boiling) kitchen basics and NO electricity. They do not have showers.
  • we recommend tramping boots (scrubbed to protect our Kauris against the Kauri die-back fungus), wet weather gear, warm bedding, a torch and spare batteries, candles, matches, a charged cell phone, a whistle (available at the centre) and toilet paper
  • You need to arrive with plenty of daylight time and meet one of Te Moatas managers  on arrival for orientation. 
  • Te Moata is an area of natural hazards; it is important you take responsibility for your own safety.
  • Te Moata reserves the right to decline access to remote huts if it is felt a visitor is ill-prepared or if the weather is extreme.
  • For those wanting more comfort, consider one of the cottages near the  centre
  • Remote huts are available for a suggested donation or  in exchange for work
  • Those staying are asked to collect fallen dead wood to ensure a firewood supply for the next person.

If you are planning a sole retreat, read further to decide which hut you would like to use

Click here to fill out application form for use of a retreat hut.

kauris from deck

Kauri Cabin

A 20-30 minute walk from the centre, this hut has a view of the Pacific. It is situated close to a stunning grove of over 50 Kauri trees, one of which we believe to be 250-300 years old

inside hut

The Barn

The Barn is the oldest building at Te Moata, it is currently awaiting renovation.


Cliff Kuti

30-40 minutes’ walk from the centre and on the edge of a high bluff, Cliff Kuti has expansive views to the North-East. Small, cosy and near to the nesting area of the rare fernbirds and interesting flora.

The Far Hills Hut; one and a half to two hours walk from the centre, on top of Coulter’s Hill, the Far Hills Hut is 391metres above sea level.  This offers a remote wilderness experience with 360”views. It also has a resident population of fernbirds.