Directions to Mana
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Mana is situated 20 minutes south of Coromandel Town, a two-hour drive from Auckland or Hamilton. From Thames take State Highway 25 along the pohutakawa-fringed coast line. After 38 kms you will see the entrance to Mana on the right.
Driving from Thames:
From Thames take Hwy 25 toward Coromandel. After about 30 mins on the coast road you will come to Wilson Bay after which the highway turns inland and uphill. After a short dip the road rises again to Manaia Summit and Rest Area. From here proceed 2 klms downhill looking for the sign on the right “Mana Retreat 300m”. Turn right into the drive. (click here to see a detailed map and directions)
Click here to see what the gate looks like.
( Note:"The Shadow of Google " in the bottom of the picture.)
If arriving after dark, the drive is marked by a series of red reflectors on stockyard fencing. Passing a side road to the left, continue up the drive to the fishpond and palm. The Centre is on the left and the office is through the double doors. The car park is a few metres beyond the centre. You are welcome to park on the tennis courts.
The most direct & expensive option is a shuttle - A-B Shuttles - email@example.com - can be booked to meet your flight - $220 for one passenger, $110 if 2 passengers, $80 if 3-5 passengers, $70 if more than 5 passengers. Retreat participant’s flight arrivals are mostly at similar times so there are often several passengers taking the same shuttle.
There are several bus options - depending on what time your flight arrives - they all go to Thames, then on to Coromandel. www.go-kiwi.co.nz - have a bus running at around 1pm. www.intercity.co.nz - have a bus in the morning & at lunchtime - however, you would need to jump on the shuttle from airport to Manukau - where you would pick up the bus. You will arrive at our Mana gate at either 10.49am or 4.19pm. Approx $45 per person but check out the cheap deals - www.nakedbus.com For the return trip, there is only one early morning bus to Auckland from Coromandel (via Mana Retreat gate) each day. There is an evening bus direct to the airport from Thames - but no connecting bus to Thames from Mana.
There is also a ferry service from downtown Auckland to Coromandel - www.360discovery.co.nz - they run Tuesday , Thursday , Friday departing Auckland & Coromandel & Sunday departing Coromandel - although the sailings are at 8.45am or 6pm – depending on the day - from downtown Auckland & would require you taking a shuttle there - but this may be suitable if your flight is an early or later arrival. We can pick you up from the ferry depot & bring you to Mana for a donation of $10. The ferry is cancelled during rough weather although a bus to replace it is provided. Approx $56 per person.
Return tickets are often best booked during the retreat as there are often other participants wishing to car pool.