Pathway Retreat


Our rural retreat accommodation is for those in need of immediate short or medium term housing. Pathway Retreat provides a comfortable, affordable and supportive environment for men looking to make a fresh start.

If you are looking for a stepping-stone in your life journey and a place for rest, reflection and renewal, Pathway Retreat may be for you. Based in the tranquil country town of Motukarara, it offers independent living in a setting where good choices and dignity are encouraged through developing responsibility, accountability, confidence, trust and growth.

Residents stay in single units with an ensuite bathroom and share a kitchen and lounge in a separate facility. Everyone at the Retreat goes through the Retreat Programme which is based on principles of Te Whare Tapa Wha and includes training in life skills, pastoral care, and restoration.

"Staying at the retreat was my last option, there was no where else to go, I would've been homeless but what I got when I arrived there was more than a place to stay, it was an open door and a fresh start with people who genuinely cared about my future. That part is not in their brochures." - Former Retreat Resident. 

To find out more about what we offer please feel free to download our brochure.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Males aged between approximately 30 and 60 years.

  • New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

  • Can live independently (not requiring supervised care).

  • Desiring change in their life, lifestyle or present life situation.

Application process:

  1. Fill out and submit the online Application Form.

  2. Once you have submitted your application form, we will phone you for a chat about whether Pathway Retreat suits your situation.

  3. Send in any requested documents.

  4. Come out and visit the Retreat and have an interview with the retreat manager.

  5. A decision is made about your suitability to move into Pathway Retreat.


If you have any questions, please contact us for residential enquiries. We are here to help.