Covid and the Bryant Retreat for Women

The Retreat has reopened following the move to Orange in the Covid Protection Framework. We are delighted that we can have women stay with us again and we welcome referrals. Guests are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.


Whare Hauora Waahine

Healing home for Women

The Bryant Retreat offers rest and time out in a quiet and nurturing environment overlooking Raglan/Whaingaroa Harbour.

For sixty years, the Bryant Retreat for Women in Raglan has been offering women a free stay of up to eleven nights for complete rest and relaxation.  If you are a woman living in the Waikato Region who is feeling worn out, run down or exhausted and would like more information, talk to your GP about a possible referral, or contact us.

It is available to women:


Living in the Waikato Region including Hamilton City, Thames/Coromandel, Hauraki, Matamata-Piako, South Waikato, Waipa, Waitomo, Taumaranui and Taupo.  [View Trust's region map].


Aged between 25 and 70. Applicants outside this age range will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Who do not require assistance to move and who responsibly self-manage any medication they need to remain physically and mentally stable.

How do I apply?

Only a GP can complete the application or referral for you to stay at the Retreat, so you will need to make an appointment with your GP.  It is not possible to self-refer directly to the Retreat.

How long will it be before I hear if I can stay at the Retreat?

  • We will send a letter to you and/or your GP within three weeks, telling you whether or not you are able to stay at the Retreat.

  • If you are able to stay at the Retreat, the letter will give you dates for your stay.  It may be anywhere between one to twelve weeks, depending on demand and the current wait list period.  If someone cancels her Retreat visit beforehand, you may be contacted to see if you can take her place at short notice.

How long will it be before I can come and stay?

The current wait period is approximately 3-5 weeks.

Cancellations provide an opportunity for guests to come at short notice.

Likewise, if you want to visit at a later date, we can work with you to find you a suitable date.


How long (and how often) can I stay at the Retreat?

  • A Retreat stay lasts for up to ten days (eleven nights). You will arrive on Monday afternoon and leave in the morning on the second Friday.
  • We have a two-stay limit per person.  If you have stayed at the Retreat before, a second stay may be considered but only if two years have passed since your first stay.  If you do want to visit again, you will need to talk to your GP about a referral, which will be assessed (like your first application) to see if the Retreat is the best option for you.

What happens after I apply to stay at the Retreat?

  • Our Retreat Manager and a consultant psychologist will assess your application.  We may need to call you, your GP or the contact people named on your application form if we need more information.

  • If your application is not successful, we will let your GP know and s/he will contact you to talk about other options.

  • If your application is successful, we will let you and your GP know by letter, advising dates you may stay at the Retreat. You will then need to contact the Retreat Manager to confirm your stay or discuss alternative dates.  A map and information about your stay will be included with the letter.

How much does it cost?

  • It is free to stay at the Retreat and your food is also free.

  • You only have to pay for travel to and from the Retreat.

  • If you want to eat or drink at a café or buy something from the shops in Raglan, you also have to pay for this yourself. There are some banks and ATMs in Raglan and most businesses have Eftpos.

What if I can’t make it?

If you can’t stay at the Retreat on the dates offered, you should contact us as soon as possible so we can discuss alternative dates.

What is the address and how do I get there?

  • The Retreat’s address is 33 Cliff Street, Raglan.

  • If you bring a car, there is some parking available at the Retreat.  There is also roadside parking (at your own risk).

  • To get here by bus, catch the Route 23 bus from the platform to the right of the Hamilton Transport Centre entrance.  Someone from the Retreat Team is able to meet you at the end of the ride, if requested.

What do I have to bring with me?

  • Do not bring bed linen or towels.

  • Bring clothes and personal items (toothbrush, hairbrush, deodorant, shampoo etc) for your stay. You can do laundry at the Retreat if needed.

  • Bring any medications, prescription and non-prescription, sufficient for your entire stay, as required.

  • Bring books to read or materials for other quiet hobbies.

  • Smokers may bring cigarettes but must smoke in the smoking area.

  • Don’t forget chargers and earbuds/headphones for phones and other electronic devices you bring with you but think carefully about how ‘connected’ you want to be during your stay. There is no wifi at the Retreat. Raglan Library and some cafés have free wifi.

Will I have to share a room?

  • You will have your own room for sleeping and relaxing.

  • You will have to share one of the two bathrooms at the Retreat.

  • There are common areas for eating and lounging.

How many other people will be there?

A maximum of six guests and the Retreat team.

Can friends and family visit me?

Not at the Retreat (for the comfort of other guests) but you can arrange to meet them elsewhere in Raglan if you wish.

Do you cater for special diets?

We can cater for vegetarians, diabetics and people who are gluten/dairy intolerant but we cannot cater for specific food allergies (e.g. eggs or nuts) or coeliac disease.

What can I do while I am there?

It’s up to you!

  • Sleep! 

  • You can relax and/or enjoy quiet activities of your choice at the Retreat.

  • You can go for bush or beach walks, swim, or wander through Raglan village.

  • The Retreat has a small library, a TV and DVD player. You are welcome to bring your own DVDs.

  • The Retreat does have set meal times and you will need to let the team know if you leave the property but apart from that you can use your time as you like (as long as you do not disturb other guests).

  • You do not have to do any housework, cooking or chores.

What can’t I do while I am there?

  • We cannot take you to your doctor or to other health professional appointments in your home town. Please arrange any regular/necessary appointments for before or after your Retreat stay.

  • We will also ask you to stop or change any activity/behaviour that is annoying or inconsiderate to other guests and/or staff.

  • You cannot drink alcohol or use recreational drugs at the Retreat.