Six years in the making, Wai Ariki is finally open on the newly transformed lakefront in Rotorua. The spa’s authentic wellness and spa experience combines the region’s healing geothermal waters with the centuries-old legacy of Ngāti Whakaue culture, healing practices and manaakitanga (caring hospitality).
Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa General Manager, Rania Sears, says there are many experiences to choose from, all of which are “devoted to replenishing the body and mind to achieve health and wellbeing in a truly unique cultural experience”. “Whether you are looking for a shared experience with friends or loved ones, or just want to take some much-needed time out for yourself, all of our exclusive experiences are set to delight, restore and revive like nothing else you have experienced.”
Ms Sears says Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa builds upon Rotorua’s centuries-old thermal holistic healing and rejuvenation legacy.
“Since the 1800s, people have visited Rotorua to experience the region’s healing geothermal waters. Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa will continue that legacy and maintain Rotorua’s position as an international spa and wellness destination.”
Wai Ariki has two exclusive spa areas: Te Āhuru Mōwai (Sanctuary), a premium space for bathing and spa treatments, and Wai Whakaora (Restorative Journey) a cultural thermal wellness experience.
Te Āhuru Mōwai (Sanctuary)
Te Āhuru Mōwai is the heart of Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa and includes a range of Sanctuary Bathing Experiences in geothermal mineral-rich waters, drawn directly from its source, deep below the surface. Manuhiri can rest in a truly unique mineral bathing experience, combined with spa experiences founded on Ngāti Whakaue traditional healing practices.
Wai Whakaora (Restorative Journey)
Wai Whakaora is a carefully planned, multi-sensory, restorative journey made up of a series of hot and cold experiences designed to maximise therapeutic benefit. In addition to a range of geothermal pools, freshwater and cold plunge pools, the restorative journey includes unique features such as a herbal pool, which combines mineral water with the aromatherapy properties of native plants kawakawa (pepper tree) and koromiko (Hebe Elliptica) to support calmness and relaxation; a mud experience and a cold frigidarium.
Ngāti Whakaue principles, practices and stories are embedded into every element of the building design, spa experience and manuhiri journey, making Wai Ariki a truly distinctive, world-class development.
Check out the Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa website for more information, and to book.
Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa, developed and owned by Pukeroa Oruawhata Group (Ngāti Whakaue), will be managed by Destinations by Belgravia, a division of Belgravia Leisure which is an acclaimed Australasian spa and wellness provider with more than 30 years of experience in the industry.