Living at Kawai Purapura

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Kawai Purapura sits on 19-acres of native bush in Albany, Auckland, with a wide variety of unfurnished budget style accommodations with prices available to suit your individual needs.

With over 90 residents in individual tenancies it is a rich and diverse community for those wishing to live in an eco-friendly collective of like-minded people.

Our tenants enjoy bush walks, streams and glow worms, a full length pool, spa & sauna, OP Shop and use of the organic community garden and free yoga & wellness classes. Kawai Purapura is a holistic Retreat Centre and as a resident you are entitled to discounts on venue hire, festivals, events, yoga teacher training programmes and more. Take a look at the Kawai Purapura Centre Map.

Enjoy your own tranquil environment or join in our regular community events.

Our residential accommodation includes standard budget retreat-style single or double rooms, bush cabins, studio rooms within a larger building, and sundry other rooms. These rooms all share communal kitchens, lounges and ablution / bathroom areas.

Currently we are not accepting pets as this is a wildlife protected area, and the wildlife has been depleted by our residential pets.

There is a free parking area only 2 minutes walk from our center. Parking on site is subject to availability due to limited spaces.

Room rates start from $250.00 per week for our standard room type, including power, water, gas, phone, internet/WIFI, an economy heater, and general household expenses. Other room types do come available from time to time (see below), please contact our residential coordinator to discuss your interest in these rooms and learn about their rental rates.

We enjoy a pet, smoke, alcohol and drug-free environment.

We are ideally looking for people who intend to stay for a minimum of 3 months.

Please apply via the website application form and wait to hear from our Residential Manager who will arrange a date and time for a room inspection. No walk in’s please.

Please note that our new above rates apply from Monday 12 September 2022.


Housing Options

Long Houses

These are sunny rooms located on the hill above the center of Kawai Purapura. They are ideal for one person or a couple. Please note that the rooms come unfurnished.

The Long Houses have access to the community lounges, kitchens, and bathrooms.

If you are interested, please send an application through.

Spacious Rooms

These rooms are a great option for couples.

These rooms have access to the community lounges, kitchens, and bathrooms. The rooms themselves come unfurnished.

Kauri Cabins

The Kauri Cabins are quaint timber huts nestled in the bush of Kawai Purapura. Each cabin has a verandah opening up to the beautiful bush. Please note that the cabins are unfurnished.

The cabins are ideal for 1 to 2 people. The cabins have access to the community lounges, kitchens, and bathrooms.


If you are looking for accommodation within a community conscious environment please continue to the Application form button below. Once your application has been received we will be in touch to have a chat, and if we feel you are a good fit for our community we will invite you to come and see us for a face to face interview, and a look around our beautiful property.

We currently have a limited number of rooms available. Most of these rooms are our budget but cosy basic single rooms, where you enjoy shared kitchen and living areas, and shared ablutions. Occasionally we have a more spacious room or a cabin become available, although it’s advisable to be on our waiting list if you would like one of those spaces.

For general enquiries, please contact us at:


Health & Therapies

Kawai Purapura has created our holistic village as the ideal place for natural therapy practitioners to live and practice. Our residential practitioners often offer discounted treatments for fellow residents.


Through spiritual practice we foster the understanding of divine consciousness and a sense of unity for all. Our spiritual activities are on offer through community classes, events and retreats. These include meditation, yoga, kirtan, dharma talks, and discussion groups.


Kawai Purapura is surrounded by serene and lush nature offering myriads of beautiful nature walks, providing you with the space and time to re-connect with yourself and mother-nature, relax or meditate, visit the magical glow worm spots, and wind around the stream paths.

Free Classes

Kawai Purapura encourages a spiritual practice for a deeper exploration into who we are and to find our authentic selves so that we are grounded each and every day. We offer a diverse range of free yoga & meditation classes for the community by qualified residential teachers.