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“Congratulations on publishing the 2015-16 edition of Organic Explorer. 

The book is a terrific collection of New Zealand eco travel experiences ranging from well-known major operators to hidden gems throughout the country.

It’ll be a great travel companion for anyone exploring New Zealand and wanting to hunt out the best eco experiences on offer. 

I wish you every success with your book”.
Kevin Bowler
Chief Executive, Tourism New Zealand 

Te Henga Studios

130 Bethells Road, Auckland
021 23 23 739
Te Henga Studios can be booked for a day, weekend or weeklong retreats for groups or individuals.

We can assist you in your retreat planning whether it is for an individual getaway, small groups, or corporate retreats. We have links to caterers, co-ordinators, facilitators and mentors, as well as some gorgeous healing therapies in our treatment menu.

The facility is easily adaptable to host a variety of retreats and functions, as well as: workshops, seminars, boutique conferences, educational programs, team building gatherings, exhibitions, product launches, reunions, gala dinners, 
Think Tank sessions, board meetings, celebrations ...

To discuss your specific requirements and to book please contact 



Environment Friendly Action

We conserve heat We conserve water We employ alternative energy resources: wind/solar/water We recycle where possible We compost food waste We use bio-degradable cleaning agents We instruct staff in green practices We mention green/eco issues on our website We conserve/care for wildlife in our area/ natural pest eradication We participate in community environmental initiatives We use principles of permaculture and/or biodynamic method of farming

Other Environment Friendly Initiatives

Our central building was designed by Graeme North and utilitises solar power and solar hot water as well as 2 wetbacks for extra winter warmth, and the vermicast septic system can support up to 80 people a day* Our gardens are the core of Te Henga Studios and we grow to feed the collective including our visitors. This work is greatly assisted by many willing workers from the international WWOOFing community, and we have plans for major projects such as creating a food forest and restoring our wetland. Founded on the principles of permaculture, creativity and well-being, our place is ideal for both: relaxation and inspiration.

Dietary Selections: We offer

Organic Food

Organic Meals

Caterers can be included in retreat planning, you may choose to use bring your own food also. Accommodation only guests will have access to our garden as well as local grocery stores and our well-equipped kitchens.


Please see our website for more details of our facilities, and photos.


Phone & WIFI


Local Attractions: Bethells Beach The Waitakere Ranges Regional Park The Hillary Trail Forest & Bird’s Waitakere The Waitakere River Cascade Kauri, Lake Wainamu and Fairy Falls Crystal Mountain museum Arataki Visitors Centre


Approximately 40 minutes from Aucklands CBD and 50 minutes from the airport. Take the North Western Motorway - Highway 16, and turn into Lincoln Road (the one after the Te Atatu turn off). Once on Lincoln Road turn right at the second set of lights on Universal Drive. Follow Universal Drive through to the roundabout and take the second exit - this will take you through to the Swanson township (being the last shop stop for any groceries you might need). Carry on the main road up the Scenic Drive and go past “Cassells restaurant” on your left and then turn right on to Te Henga Road. This road will run straight into Bethells Road. Continue straight ahead on Bethells Road towards the beach, and follow the road to the number 130 ( aprox. 1km, just past Bethells Fire Station). Drive up the driveway and follow “parking” sign. Someone will be there to welcome you! *Please notify us of any change to your agreed arrival time, if necessary. ** If you are not driving – please contact us to organise a pick up from Swanson train station Shuttle bus service can be organised for groups.
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