Wholly Quilts Retreat

Wholly Quilts has been operating for over ten years now and is well established as the sewing room quilters love to escape to, a dining table foodies like to be at and an self-indulgent, quiltie break from your everyday living. 

The studio, an old church, offers an inspirational space full of colour and ideas and with plenty of qualified help on hand. I have been teaching quilting for over 20 years and thoroughly enjoy passing on my ideas, knowledge and enthusiasm. Scrappy quilts are my abiding passion. 

You may choose to do one of my colorful classes, be a freedom quilter (do your own thing) or, with my help design a one-off show-stopper

The accommodation is shared rooms with, of course, a stack of quilts on each bed. All linen and towels are supplied. 

The food is seasonal, fresh (straight from my garden when available) and plentiful. I am still trying to work out which is my first love - quilting, gardening or cooking - but aren't I lucky to be able to share all three with my guests? I cater for all food allergies and intolerance's (just tell me before you get here). 

Wholly Quilts is situated on the intersection of state highways 2 and 27, almost exactly halfway between Auckland and Tauranga: Auckland and Hamilton - sort of at the centre of my universe. It is over the road from a golf course, near the start of a conservation department walk and on the Hauraki Plains at the foot of the Coromandel Peninsular.  As a bit of a bonus, my daughter can be found at the cafe just next door too if you need a cappuccino fix.

A retreat usually begins on a Friday (light soup supper) and finishes on a Sunday afternoon. For the $190 per person you will get three meals a day (home baking and endless tea/coffee in between), all your accommodation plus any quilting help you need. 

I do look forward to sharing my space with you and remind your loved ones that Gift Vouchers are available.


To find this haven you only need to head to the intersection of State Highways 2 and 27. Instead of turning to Ngatea, turn in the opposite direction onto North Rd and immediately in to Church Rd, next to the native tree nursery and café.