Georgia Hopkins

Aro Hā Wellness Retreat

with Georgia Hopkins
  • 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.

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

    • Life Changing

    • Environmental Consciousness

    • Overall Value

    • Night's Sleep

    • Service

    • Amenities

    • Takable Treats

    • Refer a Friend

    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


    • Wifi

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

    • Children


    • Price

      Up there, but totally worth it.

    Aro Hā Wellness Retreat

    33 Station Valley Rd, Glenorchy, NZ

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