• Mindful Moments Retreat NZ

It’s the retreat that NZ Herald have called a ‘game-changer’ and ‘the most calming and relaxing experience ever’ – it’s our Mindful Moments Retreat.

If you’re looking to spend some quality time with your mum, sisters or girlfriends, this is the weekend for you. Two days can lead to a lifetime of new knowledge, rituals and techniques – you’ll leave feeling empowered, equipped with life-changing tools to make your life healthier and more balanced.

Feeling like your candle’s burning at both ends? Our wellness experts will spend 1-on-1 time with you to help improve your own everyday routines and behaviours.

And if you needed any more convincing, did we mention the goodie bag with beautiful spa products… worth over NZ$360?

Would you like to know more? Download the Mindful Moments Retreat booklet:

Key dates and inclusions


Saturday, 18 May – Sunday, 19 May 2024
Saturday, 20 July – Sunday, 21 July 2024
Saturday, 14 September – Sunday, 15 September 2024
Saturday, 9 November – Sunday, 10 November 2024

Download the programme here.

$795 per person


  • Mindfulness and Meditation Session
  • Access to Deluxe Lake Spa & Pavilion Pools
  • Therapy Treatment – Retreat Day Spa
  • Awakening and Rebalance Yoga Session
  • Morning and Afternoon Teas
  • Healthy Lunches
  • Wellness Talk on the Mind & Gut Connection
  • Mindful Sound Bathing
  • Transport to Walk Location
  • Premium Spa Gift Bag

Where should I stay?

Polynesian Spa is centrally located, on the lakeside edge of the CBD.  We have a range of hotels in the immediate vicinity:

Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

The Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Novotel Lakeside – ask us about an exclusive discount here for Mindful Moments Retreat guests!

Historic Prince’s Gate Hotel

Pullman Rotorua

Distinction Hotel

The above hotel accommodation providers have their own t’s & c’s.

There is also a wide selection of luxury lodges, resorts, lake-side baches and charming motels available in Rotorua, several within walking distance from us.

To see some available options, click here.

Bring your mind, body and spirit into balance

Switch off from your busy life and experience two days on our Mindful Moments Weekend Retreat to bring your mind, body and spirit into balance. Mindful meditation has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress, increase memory, and improve attention.

Surrounded by the natural elements of Rotorua and Polynesian Spa’s therapeutic alkaline and acidic spring waters, you will be guided through yoga, mindfulness practices, meditation and wellness talks.  You will also be indulging in world-renowned Polynesian Spa therapy treatments.

This unique geothermal bathing and soul-soothing retreat originated here at Polynesian Spa in 2016 and has established itself as a must-do health and wellness experience for those wanting to unwind, relax and reset. The Retreat, is a great option for couples,  mother and daughter bonding time or a group of friends looking for an anti-stress yoga and wellness weekend.


Helena’s personal experience with Meditation began in 1992 developing for her a deep interest in the Wellbeing benefits of Meditation. Further studies and reading into Mindfulness Meditation created a goal to pursue formal studies in this area. The opportunity to study Mindfulness Meditation Teacher training with Dr Ian Gawler arose and in 2009 and Helena completed her first training course in this field.

More recently Helena has completed further studies with Ian Gawler and Ruth Gawler in Australia, in the practices of Guided Imagery and Contemplation. Helena also has extensive experience with Aromatherapy, Massage Therapy, and overall health and well-being.

Helena brings a diverse and extensive skill-set to Polynesian Spa.



Jess is a qualified Naturopath specialising in plant medicine, nutrition, and aromatherapy. She empowers others by sharing her knowledge of homemade tinctures and balms made from forest plants. As a sound healer and mindfulness facilitator, Jess promotes holistic health, teaching art as a mindful outlet for self-esteem and emotional regulation. She combines guided breathwork meditations and vibrational sound healing using Tibetan singing bowls. Jess hosts workshops on nutrition, emphasizing the connection between the gut and brain, and teaches food-based fermentation workshops, blending plants into everyday nutrition.



Trained at Adapted Yoga and Pilates, a renowned studio, Nadine acquired extensive experience working with diverse medical conditions and injuries, adeptly adapting postures to accommodate individual needs and limitations. Nadine’s classes are inclusive of all levels, including pregnancy modifications, and center on traditional Hatha Yoga, emphasizing posture, body awareness, core strength, alignment, balance, and breath. Sessions commence with pranayama (yoga breathing techniques) and conclude with relaxation and guided meditation, infused with a lighthearted and humorous atmosphere.


Book your Mindful Moments Retreat ticket below:


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Built on the site of historic bath houses, Polynesian Spa has been an icon in Rotorua since it was established in 1972.

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