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New spa and wellness facility to open in Rotorua

The elders of local Rotorua tribe Ngāti Whakaue have always known and used the innate healing properties of the waters in their whenua (land). They would visit the waiariki (hot springs), in conjunction with immersion in the contrasting waipuna (cold springs), for therapy and healing.

Now, Rotorua’s newest spa and wellness destination, Wai Ariki Hot Springs & Spa, is set to open in mid-2023 on the shores of Lake Rotorua. Wai Ariki combines the region’s healing geothermal waters with the centuries-old legacy of Ngāti Whakaue culture, healing practices and manaakitanga (caring hospitality) to offer a wellness and spa experience for manuhiri (visitors). The facility has been developed in conjunction with spa and wellness experts from Aotearoa New Zealand, and around the world. 

Featuring four different types of thermal waters, each with their own healing properties, and with traditional Māori practices at heart, the Wai Ariki spa journey will be like no other. 

The name Wai Ariki, or chiefly waters, serves as a reminder to the origins of this taonga (treasure) to the Te Arawa tohunga Ngātoroirangi. Wai Ariki’s unique features and authentic cultural traditions combine with therapeutic geothermal waters to deliver a world class bathing, spa and wellness destination that provides a place to relax, sustain and heal.

Contact Vanessa Wallace, RotoruaNZ Business Events Manager or 027 251 2002