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Thee Write Away is a 4-, 3- or 7-day Writer's Retreat in Rotorua, New Zealand

Learn fast, write slow.

Unleash your creativity in an unforgettable writer’s retreat experience.

Relax and recharge in New Zealand’s only ‘Hot Tub Valley’ - a thermal wonderland with natural hot springs, steaming fumaroles and splendor of colour.  This natural environment abounds with inspiration and a unique vibrational essence for inner transformation.

Rotorua is a sacred because of its deep connection between the land and people.

Create the space to view humanity through a story you’re proud to share.

Develop your intuition, clarify your purpose and reveal your authentic voice.

Discover your unique story with the support of our writer’s community, tutors and book coaches.



  • 2023: starts Tuesday 14th through to Monday 20th of November 2023. Choose 4, 3 or 7 days.
  • 2024: or starts Tuesday 20th February to Monday 26th February 2024. Choose 4, 3 or 7 days. 
  • ANYTIME: or personalise your own private writer's retreat, starting any day of the year. 


Free your voice

Tell your stories!

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! WE'RE BACK IN 2023 

 The Great Write Inn

& other writer's events and packages to support the

Dunedin Writer's Festival

Thursday 12 October 2023: Great Write Inn @ Olveston Historic Home (Day-long workshop for Romance Writers) 

Friday 13 October 2023: Mad Hatter's Natter (evening social function)

Saturday 14th October 2023: FrockIT! Rhythmn & Rhyme (social function)

Sunday 15th October 2023: Eat. Write. Heal (Nuturing)

Monday 16 October 2023: Great Write Inn Larnarch's Castle (Thriller, crime, children's & open Genre)

Our fun, literary and social events support and compliment the Official Dunedin Writer's Festival.

Improve your literary experience in Dunedin - New Zealand's only City of Literature!!

Find your tribe 

Free your voice

Tell your stories!



Our Wee Write Inns are monthly community sessions for writers of all genres and stages.

Sometimes we have small live events, other times we connect via zoom.

Wee Write Inn - Best community writers group in New Zealand. Meet on-line

Our next Session is Saturday 16 September 2023 by zoom

Theme: Why structure makes the story

Join us on-line or in person.

To book, or view the full schedule for 2023 please visit our ticketing and information page.

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The Great Write Inn: on-line school for writers


The Great Write Inn - on-line chool for creative writers




Ignite your passion as a story teller.

Have you always wanted to write "something" but didn't know where to start?

The Great Write Inn is an on-line school for writers. 

Offering a series of MasterClasses, creative writing exercises and inspiration to take your idea all the way through to a published short story.

We've created a seven step-by-step process for at-home learners.

Ideal for writers with lower mobility or not inclined to travel away from home.




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Great Write Away in Rotorua - a new holiday retreat or festival for writersBe the writer you've always wanted to be

Tell the world something it needs to hear

The Great Write Away

Workshops + Holiday  Retreat in New Zealand

Live or Virtual format (Replays now avaialable)

Hosted by Story Telling Legends 






Monday 26th September - Sunday 2 October 2022


New Zealand


Find your tribe

Discover your voice

Tell your stories


Rotorua in the Heart of Hot Tub Valley - host for The Great Write Away

Great Write Away - Writers festival in Rotorua Spring 2022

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The Great Write Inn: Live Event 16-17 October 2021


Watch the video to reflect on the happy memories

Click the video to take a stroll down memory lane of the Great Write Inn Live Event in Dunedin.

Great Write Inn - Writers Festival Dunedin

Set to music by Matthew Hollinsgworth, this is a collection of the photographic highlights of the Opening Address, held at Olveston - Dunedin's beloved Edwardian Historic Home. 

The Great Write Inn was officially opened by the Mayor of Dunedin, Aaron Hawkins and Festival Director, Julia Anne and attended by first cohort of guest writers. 


New 2023 Event Great Write Inn @ Olveston

Now Selling!

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International Women's Day

Community Event: International Women's Day

Friday 12 March 2021


As our Tourism Industry takes a nose-dive and is in survival mode - there is a new Economy on the rise.

With Bay of Plenty Hostesses opening up their homes to $1Million of domestic visitors - the Sharing Economy is a new light on the horizon.

New Zealand women are some of the world's best hosts.

Join us for a Celebration of International Women's Day and how New Zealand women are poised to benefit from the new "Shared Access" Economy. Hear from Look After Me Founder and Managing Director, Dr Julia Anne, how women are re-defining hospitality, manaakitanga and looking after our guests. 

Tickets $10 - At Event Finder.

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International Women's Day, Zonta Rotorua March 2021 with Dr Julia Anne   IInternational Women's Day Zonta Club of Rotorua - March 2021 with Dr Julia Anne - Shared Access Economy


Zonta Festival in the Garden - sponsored by Look After Me

Sponsorship Community Event

Zonta's Festival in the Garden

25 November 2020


After a year like 2020, being part of a community has never been so important. Zonta clubs are a group of business and professional women who raise money for projects that empower women and girls.

Look After Me was proud to be the major sponsor for the raffle prize for the Zonta Club of Rotorua's fundraiser - a "Go Slow" three night accomodation and hot pool package. 

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Photos from Zonta Festival in the Gardens - Rotorua - November 2021   

  Soak and Cycle Holiday Package winner - Zonta Festival in the Gardens

Frock IT Rhythm and Rhymes Dance Party Event in Dunedin 2020

Frock IT!

Rhythm and Rhymes: Friday 28 August 2020


A dance party with a rhythemical twist. 

An unofficial National Poetry Day event where people came to rock their frock and slam dunk rhyme if they wanted to.

Four hours of dance party music, performance poets and slammers, a bowl of food and first drink. 

Cover Charge $14 or General Admission (including food & drink) $39. 

This event won TV3 The Project's Whip Around for being the best place in New Zealand to be on 28 August 2020. 

Prjoject TV3 The Whip Around Challenge winners 28 August 2020

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World Peace Festival 2020

Ekam World Peace Festival

Watch live stream on You-Tube

10th, 12th and 13th of August 2020

From Rotorua HQ, the spiritual homeland of New Zealand, we contemplated, meditated and prayed for Peace.

This was part of the Ekam World Peace Festival - a gathering of over 10 million people around the world. 

Look After Me Founder & Managing Director Dr Julia Anne was a New Zealand Ambassador for World Peace and is an advocate for promoting inner calm, and looking after ME, in an chaotic world. 

Queens High Tea - Nationwide Tea party in New Zealand to celebrate the Queens Birthday

Queen's High Tea - Monday 1 June 2020

Rotorua, Dunedin and nationwide, on-line

Queen's High Tea Parties were held at home and at Olveston Historic Home in Dunedin, Princes Gate in Rotorua and the Royal Albatross Centre at Otago Peninsula.

It was a Feel Good tourism initiative to kick-start New Zealand celebrations as we moved into Covid-19 Alert Level 2. It was also launched our Keep Calm and Carry On strategy to help unify New Zealanders.

The event was covered by the Rotorua Daily Post and the Otago Daily Times.

Queen's High Tea       Carrying on Calmly - photos of queens high tea 2020

The Queen's High Tea Facebook Group captured all the elegance of the day.

See live streams of entertainer Evelyn Falcolner from Prince's Gate Rotorua and a photo gallery.

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Queens High Tea Facebook Community Page



Frock IT Fashion - planning underway for 2023

a pair of caucausian hands holding colourful striped fabric and sewing. In the background are scattered fabrics and threads.

Always wanted to explore your inner fashionista?

Come along to our Frock It! Event; you’ll end up in stitches!

Frock it with fabric, fibre, felt and fashion.

Will you retro or glam, up-cycle or re-cycle?

Learn different approaches to making your own fabulous clothes.

Stay 'n' Clay - planning underway for 2023

Clay covered hands at a pottery wheel spinning a clay vase

Go absolutely potty!

Join us for a four day Festival of Clay where you can explore various pottery and ceremic arts and activities.

Spin a wheel, get glazin’ or raku if you want to.

Build, mosaic, mould and get very, very messy.


Accommodation packages based on your interests

We're on a mission to connect like-minded people through our events and accommodation.

3 Day Holiday Packages in New Zealand 2021

Search on common interests like 'pottery', 'writing', 'cycling', 'golf' etc, to find accomodation where you can enjoy your favourite Hobby, Interest or Activity.

New!  Holiday Packages based on your favourite past-times

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