From international hotels to intimate and luxurious lodges, beach resorts and health spas, New Zealand offers some truly indulgent experiences. The country has six lodges in the Relais & Chateaux collection, and six listed with Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
Many boutique lodges offer quality accommodation, often in remote locations. Spa treatments are often part of the experience.
Thermal springs, resulting from New Zealand’s location on the Pacific Rim of Fire (a band of fault lines encircling the Pacific Ocean), are found throughout the country. These were favoured places for establishing Māori villages hundreds of years ago and became popular with Europeans, who valued the healing properties of the mineral waters.
Famous for its geysers and bubbling mud, Rotorua is also New Zealand’s best-known spa town. Many hotels and motels here have their own natural spas, and at the Polynesian Spa you can choose your preferred temperature and mineral composition.
Hanmer Springs, in an alpine setting north of Christchurch, is the main South Island spa resort. It offers thermal springs, spa treatments, and a range of adventure and leisure activities.
Luxury with a twist
Innovation thrives in New Zealand – and a recent example is a New Zealand-first health retreat in a spectacular alpine setting just down the road from Paradise, Queenstown. Overlooking glacial-fed Lake Wakatipu, Aro Hā is a purpose-built facility where wellness and adventure are artfully combined to refresh and reinvigorate all those who come through its doors.
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