Glenorchy well­ness re­treat opens

Gra­cious, sus­tain­able for­eign in­vest­ment into New Zealand, says English

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

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.

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