Rebecca Skinner goes in search of the best spas in New Zealand and finds many also boast some of the world’s most gorgeous views.
New Zealand’s famous greeting, Kia Ora, is Maori for ‘be well, be healthy. So it’s no surprise this country of spectacular scenery, boasts several award-winning, world-class spas.
Since New Zealand has the largest geothermal area in the southern hemisphere, you can expect most to come with hot springs.
These are the best spas in New Zealand if you’re craving a little bit of luxury pampering.
Queenstown’s five-star Millbrook Resort spa is widely regarded as one of the finest day spas in the world.
Millbrook offers a complete spa experience with leading-edge treatments for men and women. Guests can soak up views of Queenstown’s towering mountains and glassy lake.
If your time is limited, try the Skin Booster. This luxury NZ spa treatment aims to rebalance, normalize and reduce any signs of skin irritation. It’s also a great add-on treatment to a massage.
The resort also has a superb golf course, which is also considered to be one of New Zealand’s best.
This breathtaking property on the edge of Lake Wakatipu is just 10 minutes drive from Queenstown.
Matakauri Lodge boasts a contemporary, casual style that reflects the surrounding alpine environment.
Acclaimed New Zealand designer, Virginia Fisher created the interiors with an emphasis on natural materials, warm colours and textures. Every one of the 11 spacious suites offers stunning views.
Matakauri’s luxury spa offers a range of holistic treatments, personalised to meet guests’ individual needs with massages and foot treatments particularly popular after long walks or a day spent skiing.
The Polynesian is one of New Zealand’s oldest thermal spas. It began as a natural hot pool for the local Maori in the central north island town of Rotorua, before becoming a bath house.
The luxury spa has 28 hot mineral spring pools in which guests can soak in a state of relaxed bliss. The Retreat offers spa therapies using natural, local products including Rotorua thermal mud and Manuka honey.
The Polynesian’s signature treatment is the Aix spa water massage. This package has been a favourite of guests for more than 30 years.
The Langham Hotel in Auckland is home to the Chuan Spa, which has many offerings based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, including circular ‘snail’ showers, ice experience and a herbal steam room.
Snail showers form the first part of a “Chuan tribathing ritual” which is undertaken at the start of many of the specialty spa treatments on the menu.
In English, the word ‘Chuan’ means a serene course of water and the Chuan Spa facilities are modelled to reflect this harmony by using the principles of Feng Shui.
In Chinese culture, flowing water is seen to be the source of life and balance; a key to keeping mind, body and soul in check. Stunningly appointed, this spa is the ultimate in urban spas, and delivers relaxation with panache.
Spa at Nugget Point
The Spa at Nugget Point is nestled into the alpine mountains overlooking the famous Shotover River.
The boutique has sensational views, but it’s the spa that attracts most visitors.
Nugget Point is a modern version of Roman baths with a saltwater plunge pool, marbled bath, steam room, sauna, hot tub and beautiful rose mosaic showers. We highly recommend soaking in the outdoor hot tubs.
The Spa at Nugget Point’s most exclusive package is named 24 Carat Gold. It starts with a relaxing massage, flows into an hour-long facial, followed by a manicure and pedicure.
Hammer Springs is less than two hours’ drive from Christchurch in the heart of NZ’s geothermal country.
This popular luxury alpine spa has several thermal rock and sulphur pools inside the multi-million-dollar complex.
Guest can indulge in an exclusive range of beauty and therapeutic treatments. The coffee bean exfoliation, offering a boost of Vitamin E and magnesium, is incredibly popular.