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Wai Ariki set to shift the dial for Rotorua

Rotorua Mayor Tania Tapsell has had an inside look at the city’s new Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa, nestled into the newly re-developed lakefront.
With just a few weeks to completion, 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 an authentic wellness and spa experience for manuhiri (visitors).
Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa has been developed by Pukeroa Oruawhata and will be managed by Belgravia Leisure, an acclaimed Australasian spa and wellness provider with more than 30 years of experience in the industry.
“Wai Ariki is a game changer for Rotorua, its local economy, tourism sector, the community and our people,” says Pukeroa deputy chair, David Tapsell. “This is not only the most significant spa development in Aotearoa in recent times – it is also one of a few indigenous-owned operations in the world.
“Wai Ariki plays to the collective strengths of our region and our iwi. It is the most recent embodiment of the reason the geothermal city of Rotorua was established here in the first place; it allows us to demonstrate and leverage the manaakitanga we are renowned for; it adds to the wealth of quality visitor experiences our district has to offer, and it will reclaim Rotorua’s position as an international spa and wellness destination.
Contact Vanessa Wallace, RotoruaNZ Business Events Manager, to find out how a Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa experience can be incorporated  into  a business event. Email or 027 251 2002