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Sanctuary and Solitude
Do you ever long for a quiet place where you can:

  • enjoy some healing solitude
  • take time out from the pressures of everyday life
  • deepen your meditation practice
  • or just enjoy a weekend in the bush on your own?

Then consider spending time in one of our purpose built solitary retreat cabins.

At Sudarshanaloka Retreat Centre we have a range of self-catering accommodation for solo-retreat: five cabins offering different levels of comfort and accessibility. Each cabin has its own bush setting, with views out to the surrounding landscape. All have been designed and constructed using low impact eco-friendly principles, notably the use of solar power, composting toilets and tank water. Surrounding decks provide ample space for walking meditation.

Suitable for short or long-term stays, the cabins are self-contained, with a weekly grocery delivery available for those on longer retreats. Bottled gas provides for cooking and heating.

For those with an active Buddhist practice a small shrine with a Buddha rupa and vases for flowers in each cabin provides a focus and the Sudarshanaloka stupa is accessible for outdoor meditation and devotional activities.

Suggested donation for cabin use is $25NZ per night. Rates for longer-term stays by negotiation. Food is not included - allow about $50NZ per week for your food.

The information provided below is a guide to all available cabins. Follow the links to Booking a Cabin and Book Now.


Set on a sheltered manuka-covered ridge with views to the Firth of Thames and the often spectacular sunsets, this stylishly designed and spacious cabin has hot water to kitchen and shower. It is easily accessible by car and is a ten-minute uphill walk from the stupa.

Amida ExteriorAmida Interior

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Abhaya, Chetul, Mandaladvara, Zang-ri

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A modern, light and airy cabin, simple and spacious with views over the bush-clad valley. Abhaya is a five-minute bush walk from the access road but accessible by all-terrain vehicle, and a ten-minute walk from the stupa.

Abhaya ExteriorAbhaya Interior

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Amida, Chetul, Mandaladvara, Zang-ri

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The first cabin built at Sudarshanaloka, it retains the charm and simplicity of our 'pioneering' days. Chetul is set high in the bush with views across the valley and is a five-minute bush walk from the nearest vehicle track and to the stupa.

Chetul ExteriorChetul Interior

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Amida, Abhaya, Mandaladvara, Zang-ri

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The largest of our cabins, it has vehicle access and a separate sleeping unit making it ideal for accommodating a carer or for a retreat for two. It has a modern kitchen and ablutions with hot water. Although not fully wheelchair accessible this cabin is suitable for those with limited mobility. From here the stupa is a ten-minute uphill walk on metalled track.

Mandaladvara ExteriorMandaladvara Interior

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Amida, Abhaya, Chetul, Zang-ri

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High up on the hill, this cabin is our most isolated. It has a separate kitchen area, a wood-burning stove and superb views of the Hauraki plains and surrounding country. Mainly reserved for those staying six months or more. Zang-ri has a distant view of the Sudarshanaloka stupa which is a 45-minute walk away.

Zang-ri Exterior

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Amida, Abhaya, Chetul, Mandaladvara

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