A Quaker intentional community, situated on the northern outskirts of Whanganui, New Zealand.

Sixteen homes surround a residential seminar centre accommodating up to 40, serving the needs of NZ Quakers and other groups for seminars, retreats etc.  The 20 acre site is owned by a Quaker Trust set up in 1975.  There is no individual ownership of land: tenure is therefore not “ownership” rather “guardianship”.  It could be seen as a “papa kãainga”; communal facilities kept warm by people living in the encircling houses.  Infrastructure is minimal: carports are centralised and vehicular access minimised.

Residents share all management responsibilities and work cooperatively using spiritually discerned  decision-making.   Part of the Settlement’s mission is to find more sustainable ways of living together and developing a permaculture approach to our use of the land.


Under the COVID-19 protection framework we are following the guidelines in place to support the Settlement to operate as safely as possible. We take the health of our immediate and wider community seriously. 

To help us please do not visit the Settlement if any of the following apply:

  • you are unwell 
  • you have been in contact with a COVID19 case within the last 14 days
  • you have entered New Zealand less than 28 days ago
  • or if you have been in close contact with anyone to whom these conditions apply.

Guests are expected to adhere to good hygiene and wear masks when appropriate.