Georgia Hopkins

Aro Hā Wellness Retreat


by: Georgia Hopkins

  • Why

    For the ultimate elixir. A combination of luxury, adventure and wellness in the middle of a NZ nature wonderland.

  • When

    August 2015

  • Who


Highs + Lows

  • The setting. Surrounded by snow-capped sub alpine mountains, and overlooking Lake Wakatipu, the setting here is breathtaking.

  • The energy. An incredible sense of calm.

  • The people. Damien and his equally-passionate team of health and wellness professionals make this experience all the more richer.

  • The design. Inspirational and sustainable architecture, seamlessly blending into the surrounding nature.

  • The food. Our dream menu. Healthy, nutrient-dense organic whole foods.

  • The spa. Exceptional massages - every single day.

  • There is nothing that needs improving!

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  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

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Important Bits

  • Type

    Meaning ‘love’ in Maori, Aro Hā is a luxury health and wellness retreat located in a spectacular natural setting. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, your daily routine will include an early morning wake-up call, followed by sunrise flow yoga, a delicious whole foods breakfast, 4-5 hour long sub-alpine hike in the surrounding mountains, lunch, massage, mindfulness practice or cooking class, more yoga, dinner and a short collaborative session before bed at 9pm.

  • Vibe

    Under the mindful influence of co-founder Damien Chapparo, the vibe here is one of conscious, healthy, communal living. Expect to feel calmer, clearer and more present.

  • Location

    Glenorchy, New Zealand

  • Rooms

    8 zen-inspired accommodation huts in exposed beechwood, with views over Lake Wakatipu.

  • Music


  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    Tennent + Brown Architects, New Zealand.

  • Pool/Gym

    Hydro spa, yoga, pilates, massage.

  • Restaurant

    A plant-based, whole foods kitchen. All meals and snacks are included. Amazingly passionate and inspiring chefs. The cleansing menu is jam-packed full of raw, sprouted, fermented foods, micro nutrients and active enzymes, and is gluten free, paleo friendly, and without caffeine, alcohol and any refined sugar.

  • Bar


  • Minibar


  • Wifi

    Yes (but not encouraged - this is a device-free zone).

  • Children


  • Price

    Up there, but totally worth it.

In the Area


Aro Hā Wellness Retreat

33 Station Valley Rd, Glenorchy, NZ

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