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Private Forest Therapy Walk on Waiheke Island

Private Forest Therapy Walk (2.5 – 3 hours)


Perfect for corporate or incentive groups, this sensory walk can be tailored to the needs of the group and around the themes of your meeting, retreat or team session.

What is Forest Therapy?

Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments.
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Waiheke Island forest
Our accredited nature and forest therapy guide will lead your group through a series of invitations to deliberately slow down, and to become present and mindful, while gently walking in a beautiful location. We will conclude with a tea ceremony to integrate the experience.

Gabrielle Young has over 25 years experience facilitating leadership and team development in New Zealand and internationally.

More recently, she has developed and taught a wellbeing programme in organisations designed to help employees enhance their own wellbeing and develop their resilience. She is an internationally accredited (ANFT) nature and forest therapy guide.

Gabrielle Young, Forest Therapy guide


  • Depending on your requirements, we’ll either join you at your meeting location on Waiheke Island – or at the ferry terminal on Waiheke.
  • If we’re the first activity on your visit to Waiheke, we suggest that you catch the 9:00am Fullers ferry from downtown Auckland (trip to Waiheke takes approx 35 minutes)
  • Suggested times: 9:45am – 12:45pm or 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

This is one of the best nature experiences you will ever have. It was such a treat to slow down and spend time in beautiful bush on Waiheke. Who knew there was so much life in the forest when you walk sit amongst it quietly – rather than rushing on through like I usually do. It was lovely to be guided by Gabrielle who knew a lot about the bush and local history, including bird life and plants. A delight to the senses and a real treat. I will be back again soon!
Jane, Organisational Psychologist

If your life is frantic and you crave a sense of peace, these 3 hours in the bush work magic. You are forced to slow right down and concentrate on small pleasures with Gabrielle’s meditative guidance. Dress to keep warm – this isn’t your usual gallop along a track to get to the end. The bush is the most beautiful I’ve seen outside Fiordland and a treat in itself.

I discovered a whole new perspective in the gorgeous New Zealand forest
An exploration of some of New Zealand’s most beautiful bush, guided with such expertise, deliberation and contemplation – a memory that I will treasure.
Gabrielle guided us to explore our surroundings and our senses on this 3-hour bush walk that was not physically demanding, but due to the slow pace and emphasis on observation you couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the majesty and beauty of the surroundings.
This was the antithesis of destination. The objective was the journey where the sounds of the insect life and bird calls filled your ears, the grandeur of the mighty kauri trees, the colours, the very life of the forest overwhelmed the senses. I don’t often wax so lyrical, but today’s experience was so utterly enjoyable, and invigorating that I want all my friends to experience it.
Frequent stops allowed us to share our observations, and the climax was a tea ceremony using the aromatic botanicals of our surroundings. Pure magic, and I would recommend this experience to all lovers of nature.
Cynthia, Organisational Psychologist

$150/person (winter)
$195/person (summer)

Pviate group walk, minimum 6, not suitable for children


  • ANFT accredited forest therapy guide
  • All session materials
  • Tea and snacks


  • Ferry fares
  • Additional catering (POA)


  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen
  • Water
  • Raincoat (depending on forecast)
  • Money for wine tasting and food


Please contact us – we’re happy to help!