Georgia Hopkins

Aro Hā Wellness Retreat
  • Where:Glenorchy
  • Why:For the ultimate elixir. A combination of luxury, adventure and wellness in the middle of a NZ nature wonderland.
  • When:August 2015
  • Who:Solo.
Get a

Another day, another pretty breakfast.

The pinch-yourself setting that is Aro Hā.

Bedroom views.

Morning yoga practice.

This setting!

Every day another wholesome and insanely delicious (and beautiful) lunch.

Lake Wakipitu.

Breakfast might look like this.

The magic of Bob's Cove.

Your home for the week.

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!

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 50/50

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


  • Children


  • Price

    Up there, but totally worth it.

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