Rural Experience The Goodlife Retreat Cambridge Waikato New Zealand


an outdoor haven of hand-crafted & naturally occurring adventure


Care for the Animals

Our point of difference at The Good Life Retreat is our animal experience.  Not only can you get up close and personal with our hand-reared menagerie, but you can feed them too!

You’ll be provided with a detailed guide on what to do and when. If this experience isn’t for you, simply opt out when you get to our booking page!

Our growing family currently includes: alpacas, ducks, Valais black nose sheep, miniature goats, Flemish giant rabbits, cats – Kevin, Martha, Elephant and Betty (all bottle-fed babies), minilop bunnies, guinea pigs Randy and Travis and chooks – you’re more than welcome to collect the eggs!

Wine Cellar

Our wine cellar is unique. Designed and built out of a traditional water tank, you’ll not have seen anything like it.

Experience the delight of choosing your very own bottle of wine to savour, for each night of your stay.

Twin Outdoor Baths

Our favourite night-time experience. Sit under the stars with a glass of wine, listen to country sounds and gaze across at the lights of nearby Cambridge. Magic!

Plunge Pool

A unique design like no other, heated all year round for your enjoyment.

Lounge poolside or dive right in.

Whether for an early morning wakeup or a mid-afternoon refresher, our plunge pool is the perfect awakener.

Veggie Garden & Orchard

During your stay, our home is your home, Help yourself to the home-grown fruit, vegetables and herbs.  Indulge in our smoked butter and honey, best served with our complimentary fresh bread. 

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Spa Pool

New Zealand is internationally known for its starry nights, and there’s no better place to experience that than from the warmth of a perfectly heated spa pool, in the most private and undisturbed rural setting.

Rejuvenating Sauna

Step into our hand-built sauna and give in to the inevitable feeling of relaxation. Leave feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and with glowing skin. This is also the perfect post-gym treat!

Pizza Oven

Experience this custom-made outdoor wood-fired pizza oven during your stay! Choose it as an addon and we’ll supply all the delicious ingredients required for an authentic pizza night under the stars.


Bring your meetings away from the board room and take advantage of the space and tranquillity of our meeting room.


At the Good Life Retreat, Paul & Nat are always working on a new project and experience for you to enjoy.The Good Life Retreat now offers a well equipped gym for those looking to sneak a little bit of fitness in while on holiday.


Yoga Retreat Rural Cambridge Waikato NZ at The Good Life Retreat

Yoga With A View

The health benefits of yoga and pilates are no secret.  From balance, strength, flexibility, and mindfulness, it is known to work wonders.

Experience this all from the comfort of a bespoke rural retreat.

Bookings customised to your needs.
Subject to availability – add at checkout.

Pizza Night

Enjoy delicious, fresh, homemade pizza when you book in for Pizza Night at The Good Life Retreat.

Your meal will be cooked in our authentic pizza  oven. All ingredients are included. 

Add at checkout

Relaxation Massage

There is nothing quite like a massage to release tension and balance your soul. 

A massage at The Good Life Retreat promises to produce feelings of caring, comfort and connection.

If you choose this add on, our expert therapist will set up on site so there’s no need to go anywhere.

Subject to availability – add at checkout.

Revitalising Ice Bath

Combine our outdoor spa with our bespoke Ice Bath for ultimate recovery and relaxation therapy.

Release tension and allow your body to achieve a sense of rejuvenation you’ll find nowhere else.

Add at checkout


River Domain

On the bank of Lake Karapiro, this is one of New Zealand’s premier event venues showcasing a variety of sporting and cultural events.


An elegant cafe & restaurant with a down-to-earth touch.

Open 7 days a week
From 8am onwards 


A gorgeous Italian restaurant in the heart of Cambridge

Open daily 7 days
Sunday – Thursday 12pm to 9:30pm
Friday – Saturday  12pm – 12am

Tivoli Cinema

Enjoy this boutique, independent cinema with a glass of wine in hand, a board of cheese, and nestled into a comfortable couch set. 


A small but bustling contemporary healthy eating, “to-go” cafe in the CBD of Cambridge. They serve nothing but lovingly crafted, fresh and natural foods.


Fresh, innovative food that’s delicious with just a little fuss..
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Explore the lush pastures of the Shire™ with a guided walking tour of Hobbiton™, as featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies.
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Explore this boutique store full of quality made furniture and homewares.
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Mountain bike tracks for all levels and abilities built and maintained by the local community and located just 11 minutes away.
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Tucked away in the heart of Cambridge, Lake Te Koo Utu provides a tranquil and easy walking trail.

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Sanctuary Mountain’s ancient forest offers a sanctuary for populations of many of our most endangered species such as birds, skinks, geckos, frogs, bats, and insects. Full of well-maintained walking tracks and birdsong.

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This is a great directory full of events in Cambridge – NZ’s home of Cycling, Rowing, Fielday’s and the Equine industry. Plus dozens of cultural and local events each month.

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