It’s one of the most stunning countries in the world, home to more natural beauty than you can shake a stick at, and as a way to showcase all of that—New Zealand also hosts some to-die-for wellness retreats. There’s no denying it, the country just across the pond is set to become (if it isn’t already) a huge hub for all things wellness. To get ahead of the pack, here’s where to go for an experience like no other:
Aro-Hā Wellness Retreat, Glenorchy
No doubt you’ve heard of this beauty. Atop a sub-alpine terrace with expansive views of Lake Wakatipu, Aro Hā is located in Glenorchy, near the renowned tourist hotspot of Queenstown. The retreat embodies a vision of zen-inspired luxury that focuses on intelligent design, exceptional programming and effortless function of space.
Core features of an Aro Hā all-inclusive wellness retreat include eco-accommodation, integrated mindfulness, a whole foods vegetarian menu, functional strength training, yoga and daily massage. The lessons learned at Aro Hā are intended to last a lifetime; equipping you with tools and practices that will enhance your lifestyle upon return to fast-paced living. Sign us up!
Split Apple Retreat, Nelson
Every aspect of Split Apple Retreat revolves around wellness and complete relaxation. To treat your senses and enable you to focus on your wellbeing, there’s a gorgeous salt-water, infinity swimming pool and Japanese spa overlooking the Abel Tasman National Park and Tasman Bay. Additional rejuvenation features include a FAR-infrared sauna, a large steam room, yoga pavilion, and meditation theatre—so wellness is quite literally at your fingertips.
The park is world-famous for beautiful walking tracks past a series of secluded golden beaches and along the top of towering granite cliffs. Renowned too for its mild year-round climate, it offers a host of activities, including hiking, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, sky-diving, sailing, swimming with the seals and dolphin-spotting, to give you a chance to reconnect with nature and reap the wellness benefits in return.
Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa, Christchurch
Located in Diamond Harbour, a little bay around 45 minutes outside of Christchurch, Shunyata Retreat is the perfect destination for those looking to do some deeper healing beyond relaxation and wellness practices, without all of the luxury trimmings that other retreats offer.
The retreat offers everything from emotional healing retreats, couples counselling retreats, yoga and meditation retreats and weight-loss or detox retreats; encompassing custom-picked practices from Ayurvedic Panchakarma’s to ensure the best results for each individual.
Soul Journeys, Queenstown
Offering a range of retreats that are designed to awaken, inspire and engage you in all things health and wellness, Soul Journeys intends to reconnect and reunite you with your natural, joyful state of being. Sounds good to us!
The retreat’s ultra-popular Wellness Weekend is perfect for those looking to reduce stress, renew your energy, manifesting abundance or transforming yourself physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. The weekend involves everything from intention setting, daily guided Hatha and Vinyasa yoga flow, daily guided mindfulness practice, mindful walks, reflective journaling, educational seminar and two full days worth of plant-based, whole foods cuisine. What more could you possibly want?
Cape South Holistic Health & Wellness, Hawkes Bay
Cape South is the perfect combination of country and coast; located in the beautiful area of Hawkes Bay. The retreat is a sheltered homestead-turned-luxury accommodation and can be booked for a minimum of two nights on its own or with the full retreat treatment package.
If you opt for the full retreat treatment package (and we highly suggest that you do), you’ll be well and truly spoiled for choice, with wellness services on offer ranging from aromatherapy, herbal medicine, naturopathy, nutrition consultations, reflexology, reiki, therapeutic massage, yoga and detox body scrubs and hot stone massages. Well, what are you waiting for? Grab the girls, and get going!