Aro Ha is a wellness experience in New Zealand's ethereal Southern Alps on the South Island that offers spirit-lifting retreats. Set on a 21-acre property on the Wyuna Preserve, Aro Ha combines comfortable eco-accommodations with panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu, world-class wellness programs, and a self-sustaining permaculture that promises a unique, all-inclusive wellness adventure like no other. Surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery New Zealand has to offer and just a short drive from the small historic settlement of Glenorchy, Aro Ha is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and truly unwind. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Guest Accommodations

Guest Accommodations
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Aro Ha features comfortable accommodations in sustainable buildings that have been designed to blend into the surrounding environment seamlessly. Neutral wood, glass, and stone reflect the encompassing landscapes and offer a Zen-like ambiance, which follows through into each of the 16 pavilions that house two beautifully appointed and tastefully decorated guest rooms each. These rooms share a bathroom with shower/bath and vanity, as well as a tea station with refreshments. Accommodations are simply decorated in soft, earthy tones with light wood finishes in a minimalistic style and feature comfortable beds with high-quality sheets and cashmere throws, fluffy white towels and organic toiletries in the bathroom and eco-friendly amenities, such as renewable heating systems.

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2.Dining & Amenities

Dining & Amenities
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The eco-friendly and sustainable concept flows over into the food created at the retreat, which consists of three delicious paleo-vegan meals a day, prepared with locally sourced organic ingredients from the surrounding landscapes. Designed by American chef, Suzie Bohannon, the menu features freshly prepared raw, always vegetarian, Paleo-inspired dishes.

Amenities at Aro Ha include a beautiful spa pavilion with several massage rooms a cool infrared sauna, a dry Finish sauna, an outdoor hot tub and icy cold plunge pool. Aro Ha offers a range of all-inclusive packages to revitalize and rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul, including daily mindfulness practice, healing bodywork, and nutrient dense vegetarian cuisine. In addition to the packages, guests can enjoy an array of other activities such as sub-alpine hiking, dynamic movement, and various forms of yoga and meditation.

Aro Ha uses the BREATH framework in all of the comprehensive programs offered at the retreat, and include a variety of activities, such as yoga, sub-alpine hiking, integrated mindfulness practices. There is also a vegetarian menu of hearty cuisine, 'un-cooking classes,' functional strength training, daily Aro Ha massage, contrast spa therapy, and Zen-inspired accommodations. In addition to the signature Wellness Adventure programs offered, Aro Ha also provides themed retreats.

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3.Plan this Vacation

Plan this Vacation
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Located on the South Island of New Zealand, Aro Ha is a 40-minute drive from Queenstown. Known as the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown offers a wealth of attractions, activities, and experiences, as well as good restaurants, shops, galleries, and museums. Boasting a spectacular backdrop of snow-capped mountains, the town is a natural playground with a range of sights to see and things to do for adventurers of all kinds from white-water rafting and bungee jumping to sky diving, jet boating, and scenic flights. For those wanting a less-adrenalin pumping activity, there are plenty of hiking and mountain biking trails, golf courses, wine-tasting, boat cruises, spa and wellness centers, and shopping.

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33 Station Valley Rd, Wyuna, Glenorchy 9350, New Zealand, Phone: 643-442-7011, website

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