"Frucor has enjoyed a strong relationship with Bella Rakha Retreat Centre since 2009.
In that time we have taken many of our managers to the centre for our leadership and development programs. We find that Bella Rakha fits extremely well with our culture and general approach to leadership development. The combination of indoor and outdoor experiences is vital to the success of our programs and both are excellent.
The success of the venue lies in the approach taken by their team in making us feel valued and welcome. They accommodate our specific needs and tailor their approach where necessary. Nothing is too much to ask, whether that be flexing the conference room arrangements, timings, accommodation and catering. We have had staff join in our programs and played a key facilitation role where necessary.
I have no hesitation in recommending Bella Rakha for a range of corporate events, but specifically in terms of learning & development it’s a wonderful venue and one that we keep returning to year after year. I’m more than happy to be contacted directly to share our experiences."
Dean Sappey – HR Director Frucor Australia
Vanessa McCambridge – HR Director Frucor New Zealand
"From the moment Yvette, at Bella Rakha, welcomes us until the final good bye our organisation (International Yoga Teachers Association (NZ)) is made to feel welcome. Everyone at Bella Rakha is very approachable and promptly responded to our queries before the event and attended to any problems that arise during the workshops. The setting and location are perfect for workshops and retreats, we will be returning. Thank you."
Judy and John - I.Y.T.A NZ
"Bella Rakha is a beautiful and peaceful setting for meditation. Yvette, Simon and Marion are wonderful hosts - very understanding of our needs, as well as responsive and gracious whenever anything comes up that needs attention."
Sensei Amala Wrightson – Zen Teacher, Auckland Zen Centre
The 6th and 7th December 2012 was the third year we have held our Christmas team meeting at Bella Rakha. For our team coming from across the North Island travel is easy, Bella Rakha is close to the city, but peaceful, surrounded as it is by bush – waking to the sound of birdsong is always a pleasure. For us the venue provides a great opportunity to get together as a team, and would like to thank Yvette and team for making our stay relaxed and hassle free!
Simon Easton, IDEA/TimataHou - Specialist Services
"Thank you SO much for fabulous venue and service - really appreciate your flexibility and understanding. I would recommend your beautiful place to anyone."
Diane Ryan, Programme Co-ordinator International Development New Zealand AIDS Foundation | Te Tūāpapa Mate Āraikore o Aotearoa
"Sorry I didn’t write earlier to say how well you looked after everything so that Bella Rakha worked really well for us – Thank You! And particular thanks to your caterer too, especially for the little tarts at morning tea on Thursday, they were exquisite!Unfortunately, her little pizzas were also so good none of us had room for more than one of the little tarts!"
Elaine Beadle - Director, Ceres Organics NZ
"Thankyou for the use of your beautiful venue Bella Rakha for our Tarot Symposium on the weekend of June 17 -19th 2011. Our conference was a great success, not in small part due to the wonderful location. As a venue it really works. The layout and proportion of the buildings to each other makes easy access from living quarters to public space. The kitchens functions well, is very well-appointed. We were warm, comfortable and definitely made to feel at ease by your relaxed, accommodating and cheerful management."
Fern Mercier & Lyn Howarth-Olds - Southern Trans Tasman Tarot Symposium
"Everyone was very impressed with Bella Rakha! It was a fantastic location, and everything was well set up, so will keep you in mind for the next one!"
Jo Gillespie-Hickford - HR Advisor Arrow International
"Bella Rakha is a hidden treasure. Spacious and rural, yet on the very edge of the city. It's rare to see such a soothing combination of great service, tasteful design and beautiful surroundings. Bella Rakha is a wonderful place to come and recharge your batteries."
Clive Matthew-Wilson - Managing Editor Dog & Lemon Guide
"Thank you for letting us hold our writing retreat there. It was perfect for what we needed, with plenty of desks, tables, and spaces for working and meeting. Everyone was able to find their perfect writing spot (the deck was a favourite), and I don't think it could've gone better if we'd tried. There's also plenty of space for adding extra writers, so hopefully next year we can bring an even bigger group!"
Adam Reid – University of Auckland, English PhD Student