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The Best Wellness Retreats in New Zealand

View of Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, from Te Mata Peak | © russellstreet/Flickr
View of Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, from Te Mata Peak | © russellstreet/Flickr
New Zealand’s wellness retreats will make your visit that much more relaxing. With exquisite locations, an eco-friendly attitude and plenty of luxury, these indulgent escapes are ready to offer the ultimate health kick. Here are some of the best of the best to get you inspired.

Split Apple Retreat

Split Apple Retreat is a luxury lodge right in the midst of the Abel Tasman National Park, near Nelson. It is named after the Split Apple Rock, one of the area’s most famous geological formations. Besides enjoying an ideal location that features some of the country’s best hikes, a trove of sheltered beaches and lots of sea-kayaking opportunities, the lodge also has quite a few relaxing treats up its sleeve: a Japanese spa that overlooks the bay, a yoga pavilion, a mediation centre, as well as massage therapy treatments and nourishing cooking lessons.

Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand © ItravelNZ/Flickr

Aro Hā

Aro Hā is a multi-award winning getaway in Glenorchy, just outside of Queenstown, which is lucky enough to have some of the most incredible alpine vistas right on its doorstep. But that’s not the only reason this retreat has proven itself to be a hit, time and again: Aro Hā hosts holistic wellness experiences that run for five nights and incorporate nutrition, yoga, Pilates, mountain climbing and mindfulness exercises to ensure all facets of your health are taken care of.

Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa

Overlooking the secluded Diamond Harbour, not too far away from Christchurch, Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa is a sanctuary for individuals and couples alike who need to dedicate some time to taking better care of themselves. Owner and founder Paru Clarke has trained in just about every wellness discipline there is: reflexology, yoga, Ayurveda and even relationship counselling. Shunyata is a place that offers personalised retreats, set packages and day spa options, uniquely allowing guests to check into it anytime they wish.

Diamond Harbour, Canterbury, New Zealand © Joep van Cranenbroek/Flickr

The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge

The Resurgence was voted one of the world’s top 25 eco lodges by National Geogaphic Traveler magazine in 2013, and most recently won Lux Magazine’s Best Luxury and Wilderness Experience award for 2017. These accolades are all thanks to its distinctive approach to luxury — drawing on the idea that it is achieved through hospitality and tranquility rather than material objects. The lodge, set in the Riwaka Valley near Nelson, is within close range to two national parks (Abel Tasman and Kahurangi) and boasts its own swimming pool, hot tub, gym and yoga area. For those searching for a romantic treat, the lodge offers intimate wedding packages and relaxing weekend escapes.

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Cape South

Cape South is where country and coast come together in perfect cohesion. The retreat is located in a sheltered homestead-turned-luxury accommodation near Havelock North in Hawke’s Bay, and can be booked for a minimum of two nights on its own or with the full retreat treatment package. Those who choose the latter will be spoiled for choice when it comes to picking their favourite wellness services: some of the options include naturopathy, yoga, therapeutic massages, detox body scrubs and nutrition consultations. Specialist retreat events are also held at Cape South on a regular basis.

View of Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, from Te Mata Peak © russellstreet/Flickr

Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses

Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses combines the unique natural landscapes of Kaikoura with the architectural prowess of the family who designed, built it from scratch and own it. Eco-friendliness is at the heart of the lodge’s operations: its premises were built primarily out of recycled timber, its kitchen produce comes straight from the local garden and other ingredients are mostly sourced from local producers. For the couple searching for just the right amount of relaxation, the lodge offers a two-night Treetop Hideaway package that includes gourmet meals with indulgent add-ons like a couple’s massage and a scenic mountaintop picnic, and a three-night Hapuku Honeymoon experience that can include a safari to view Kaikoura’s famous whales.