After a hectic year, filled with triumphs and challenges both great and small, we all deserve a break to recharge our batteries. As proven by age-old traditions to replenish our mind, body, and spirit, we may need more than just a relaxing massage or a mindful yoga class. For a lot of travel enthusiasts, a break could mean indulging in mindfulness and self-reflection while for others it might mean wandering the forest to experience forest bathing to rejuvenate. Luckily, New Zealand has something for all types of travellers that seek to connect with their true selves. With wide-open landscapes, still rivers tracing the country, off-grid locations to nestle in, and more.
New Zealand is a true paradise for a perfect health and wellness retreat. Treat yourself to a soak in one of New Zealand’s many iconic spas and retreats, or take some time off to relax, unwind and get out into nature.
Listed below are a few wellness experiences one may enjoy across New Zealand:
1. Ohakune Hot Tubs
You can experience wellness amongst the elements at the newly opened Ohakune Hot Tubs. Take some time to relax, rejuvenate, and immerse yourself in a hot, healing soak while breathing in that crisp alpine air. Tucked away at the foothills of Mt Ruapehu in Ohakune, these open-air, wood-fired hot tubs are available for private bookings during the day or under the stars.
2. Polynesian Spa
The iconic Polynesian Spa in Rotorua is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. It is the perfect place to relax and unwind – they have 28 geothermal hot pools, and their award-winning spa has a variety of packages and treatments to choose from.
3. He Puna Taimoana Hot Pools
Located just 15 minutes away from Christchurch, visitors can enjoy stunning ocean views while soaking in one of the five luxurious hot pools. He Puna Taimoana also has a plunge pool, steam room, and a sauna with beachside views.
4. Otago Central Rail Trail
Get out and explore as you delve deep into the heart of Central Otago as it winds its way through the vast rocky landscapes, spectacular gorges, railway tunnels, viaducts, and preserved gold mining settlements. Check out Adventure South for guided cycling trips.
5. Stargazing at the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve
The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is an area of exceptional cultural, natural, and astrological importance. With more than 4,300 square kilometers of sky that is free from light pollution, it’s the perfect place to go stargazing. Visit the Dark Sky Project in Takapō (Tekapo) or Big Sky Stargazing at Aoraki / Mt Cook Village for the chance to gaze into space through powerful telescopes and learn more about the importance of New Zealand’s dark skies.
6. Wellington Apothecary
Wellington Apothecary is an alchemist’s delight that was established in 2014. It is a botanical factory, herbal dispensary, and natural therapy clinic that offers facials and massages using their house-blended oils. You can also create botanical perfumes, natural skincare, probiotic sodas, and more. They offer a range of evening workshops throughout the year and one on one Bespoke Blending Consultations in-store, with their talented Apothecarians.