Photo of Abhaya

Built with a donation from Windhorse Trading Ltd in late 2000, it is frequently used for longer solitary retreats due to it's combination of amenities and remoteness.

The name Abhaya relates to the quality of Fearlessness and the Dhyani Buddha Amoghasiddhi. The cabin is held by the evergreen NZ native bush on three sides, providing a serene backdrop for your retreat, but opens out with spacious views across the Tararu valley from the back door.

What does it offer…

  • access to the river via bush trails
  • suitable for longer retreats
  • separate (composting) toilet and shower cubicle
  • lovely outlook from the north-facing covered back deck


  • about 5 to 10 minute walk from the Dharma Road (main access road), through glades and thick bush
  • on the north-facing side of the valley
  • quite isolated
  • near to the Stupa, about 10 to 15 minute wak via bush trails or Dharma Road

General Amenities…

  • powered using solar energy, supplying 12 volt lighting and 12 volt power points (not suitable for 240V equipment like laptops and normal battery chargers)
  • kitchen is equipped with a two-ring gas cooker with grill and stove-top oven. There is a primitive outdoor bush-fridge
  • sink with cold running water. Water suppy has in-line particulate filter (If you are sensitive we recommend boiling drinking water as an extra precaution)
  • gas heater with external flue for those cool winter evenings
  • composting toilet and
  • small desk, table, easy-chair and bed. Also basic shrine and meditation gear
  • limited mobile-phone coverage (depending on service provider)