Ao Marama Retreat is a former Buddhist Centre set in 16 acres of regenerating native bush on a sheltered hill overlooking Golden Bay.

The name can be translated to ‘The Place of Light and Life’ and there is an abundance of both here.

Once you arrive you may not want to leave as we have numerous places to enjoy just being in nature from short bush walks to various look out points and a wooden deck for relaxing, dining or even do a sunrise yoga session.

All the while being surrounded by plentiful native bird life.


But if you do want to leave the retreat on foot you can follow our bush track down to the beautiful and near deserted Collingwood beach to relax, swim or even catch a fish.

Walking a further 25 minutes along the beach brings you to Milnthorpe Forest and Scenic reserve.

Beyond that Golden Bay offers many unique and stunning attractions – from an Eco Tour to Farewell Spit, Walking the Heaphy Trail, Mountain Biking former Gold Mining routes, fishing for Salmon or discovering many of the stunning beaches including Wharariki or experiencing the clearest freshwater in the southern hemisphere at Pupu springs. Discover Golden Bay



Soak up the view on the wooden Sun Deck

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