Glenorchy wellness retreat opens
Gracious, sustainable foreign investment into New Zealand, says English
The high-end $30 million Aro Ha Wellness Retreat near Glenorchy was officially opened to guests at the weekend. Treatments start from $4500 per person. Business partners Damian Chaparro and Chris Madison spent three years creating the facility, which is almost self-sustaining and built as a model of environmentally friendly development. ‘‘We believed we could create a place where people could enjoy a full retreat programme in a spectacular environment. ‘‘Today, that place is reality. It is sitting gently on the land, is open and receiving guests,’’ Mr Chaparro said. Around 140 people attended the opening including acting Prime Minister and Clutha Southland MP Bill English and Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Vanessa Van Uden. Mr English welcomed Aro Ha and the significant investment into the tourism industry. ‘‘This is gracious, sustainable foreign investment into New Zealand. The partners behind Aro Ha have already brought huge benefits to the Queenstown region, and those benefits will continue to flow. For Queenstown and Glenorchy Aro Ha adds depth to what is already a very interesting place.’’ Aro Ha is a Zen-inspired centre specialising in all-inclusive wellness adventure programmes. The centre offers a mix of yoga, meditation, massage, rigorous exercise, such as sub-alpine hiking, and detoxing cuisine. Aro Ha provides its own energy and manages its own waste. Its hitech systems feature photovoltaic, hydro power generation and onsite waste processing. It can accommodate 32 guests. A five-day retreat starts at $4550 per person and a seven-day retreat starts at $6250.
Welcome: Hirini Reedy and Aro Ha representatives during the retreat’s official opening.
Hello there: A hongi on the yoga lawn during the Aro Ha official opening.