Bella Rakha as well as being a Retreat Centre, is also a great location for business groups and organisations to escape the bustle of the city, and create a memorable team experience. We are set in 32 acres of park-like grounds and native bush, and are located 25mins from Auckland Central, and are ideally suited for:
- off-site business meetings
- overnight managers/leadership retreats
- team building events
- sports team accommodation and training venue
- day bookings
- Our main hall has a wonderfully private northern outlook onto a sunny grassed area and lovely established trees beyond. This is a great place for groups to run their events in. The room has polished floors, large rungs, air-conditioning and a fireplace. We have a mobile whiteboard, projector screen and projector for hire.
- The hall accommodation has two bedroom wings – each side has 7 rooms with a shared bathroom (4 toilets/3 showers) – a total of 14 rooms with 12 twin share single beds and two single rooms – 26 beds in total.
- Our chapel works very well for smaller groups wanting a more intimate space for meditation, yoga or even a break out meeting space. The lovely round window looking out to the horizon and stained glass windows create a special space for contemplation. This room can be divided into tow, wiht full height curtains. It is carpeted with a raised timber platform at the end.
- The lodge building offers additional accommodation, and works very well for groups who wish to house their facilitators separate to the guests. There is a self contained wing, with kitchenette and lounge area. There are 8 bedrooms in total, most being twin share singles – 15 beds.
- Our dining room and kitchen offers the flexibility for groups to self cater, with plenty of bench space for large group catering. We can seat 40 people in the dining room, or when the weather is fine, you can enjoy dining outdoors in our walled outdoor courtyard. Our pizza oven can be used for cooking (by prior arrangement), with a small additional charge. We are able to get this started for you in advance (takes about one and a half hours to heat), and it is a great way to cook and eat together in a very social way – food tastes great and cooks very quickly.
Our prices vary to allow for group sizes, length of stay, catering requirements and added activities
- while staying at Bella Rakha, the groups are mostly autonomous, and you have the use of the facilities and grounds to walk and explore
- we operate on one group using the facilities at a time, unless other arrangements are agreed
- we can provide a low cost accommodation option, which is outlined on the Retreat Group page, and is self catering and we can add on services to suit your budget and style of event
- some business groups prefer to arrive and have everything set up, with refreshments and catering provided. We price this to suit each event, please contact us to discuss your needs.
- For midweek day bookings, we charge $500 plus gst, which includes the room setup and projector hire.
What we provide for full service bookings
- beds complete with linen, blankets, pillow and a towel
- bathrooms have soap, toilet paper and handtowels
- kitchen has all the basic cooking requirements and tea towels – dinner sets, cups and glasses and wine glasses
- we set up the main hall and dining hall to suit your specific requirements
- tea & coffee supplies
- catering (but groups can also make their own arrangements)
Groups need too…
- understand and be mindful our guidelines for guests sharing the property with its residents
- bring their own toiletries
- leave the facilities tidy, with chairs stacked etc
- be mindful of recycling as much of their rubbish as possible – sorting rubbish into appropriate bins in dining block – paper, recyclable plastic, tins, glass and food waste into kitchen bucket or compost bin outside kitchen
Activities to enrich your visit . . . .
Disc Golf – “what is that?” – a great game (and hobby sport of owner). We have an 18 hole course around the property that can be enjoyed by our guests. See the Disc Golf page on the Facilities menu for more info on the sport.
- learn about this fun and accessible game from our very own NZ Disc Golf Champ – Simon
- get some tips on the game and throwing techniques
- just play for fun or run a competitive game Ambrose style
- a great way to enjoy our grounds
- course set up – $50
- professional standard discs can also be purchased – $20 per disc
- informal game – with basic rules (on cards) and discs provided to use (FREE)
Outdoor events and team building
bring your own events organiser with you
Yoga – we can arrange a local yoga instructor to come and run a yoga class as part of your team building event or retreat
- take a break from the work and stretch out and take a breath
- allow an hour to an hour and a half, for a group break to rejuvenate
- price starts from $250 (plus gst)
Body work and meditation – with Marion Feasey
- enjoy simple, gentle movements and meditations that reduce stress and bring deep peace
- open up to greater energy, potential and a more satisfying life
- pricing from $200 (plus gst)