Aio Wira was founded in 1970 by a group of yoga students who gave their time, energy, and money to create the Centre. It is not based on any specific spiritual philosophy but exists to support all who wish to develop their body, mind, and spirit. The Centre is governed by a Trust Board and operated by a small staff. Aio Wira is set on four hectares of native bush in the Waitakere Ranges on the western outskirts of Auckland City. Bordered by the Waitakere Stream on one side and bush reserves on the other, there are some delightful bush walks at the Centre and Cascade Kauri Park. Other nearby recreational activities include Te Henga/Bethells Beach and the Waitakere Golf Club.This beautiful, quiet setting is still very accessible to Auckland City - 40 minutes by car or one hour by train from the downtown area.Groups who share our vision use the Centre on most weekends and often for longer periods. Individuals use the Centre for personal retreats, while others work in exchange for their food and keep whenever there is a need.