Pure re­lax­ation

The Coro­man­del is known for its iconic coast­line and laid back vibe, which is why it’s New Zealand’s top sum­mer hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion.

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As the sum­mer crowds dis­perse, there are plenty of good rea­sons to visit the Coro­man­del in the cooler months, with the clear air and mild tem­per­a­tures pro­vid­ing the per­fect am­bi­ence to get out and ex­plore the re­gion. The shorter, cooler days are per­fect con­di­tions to ex­plore the walk­ways, beaches and forests, and to en­joy the slower pace of life on the penin­sula, just 90 min­utes from our largest city, Auck­land. The Coro­man­del ex­pe­ri­enced in­tense vol­canic ac­tiv­ity many mil­lions of years ago, re­sult­ing in the iconic coastal for­ma­tions found in nearby Cathe­dral Cove and its sur­rounds for which the re­gion is so fa­mous. Lo­cal Maori legend speaks of se­cret lo­ca­tions where heated wa­ters bub­bled to the sur­face, springs revered for their warmth and heal­ing prop­er­ties and a lost geo-ther­mal hot spring that had once flowed into the Ta­puta­pu­atea Stream (lo­cally known as the Mother Brown Stream). Thanks to the per­se­ver­ance of one very de­ter­mined lo­cal man, Alan Hop­ping, the lost spring is now re­dis­cov­ered for all to en­joy as The Lost Spring Ther­mal Pools and Day Spa. Sit­u­ated in the heart of down town Whi­tianga be­hind a pair of unas­sum­ing gates, The Lost Spring is an oa­sis of peace and tran­quil­ity and an ex­otic sanc­tu­ary. The Lost Spring’s sculpted geo-ther­mal pools, spread out across the re­sort’s 3.5 acres, are sur­rounded by ver­dant na­tive bush and pro­vide se­cluded cor­ners and nooks for a tran­quil ex­pe­ri­ence. The wa­ter tem­per­a­ture

ranges from a com­fort­able 32 de­grees cel­sius to a deeply sooth­ing 41 de­grees cel­sius. The nat­u­ral spring wa­ter that fills each pool is sourced from 667 me­tres deep be­low the earth’s sur­face and aged at no less than 16,000 years old. The ther­a­peu­tic prop­er­ties of these ther­mal min­eral wa­ters are well known through­out the re­gion, sooth­ing joints and leav­ing skin feel­ing soft and nour­ished. Here, the at­mos­phere is of pure re­lax­ation – no chil­dren un­der 14 years and a place where you can leave the world be­hind and bring the magic back into adults lives en­hanced by the rest­ful sound of lo­cal bird­song and Paci­fica mu­sic. Geo­ther­mal pools turn into a mag­i­cal won­der­land on a Satur­day night as the sun sets and the art­fully placed lights cre­ate an in­ti­mate evening at­mos­phere. The Lost Spring Day Spa of­fers the full range of treat­ments, with the team of in­ter­na­tional ther­a­pists mix­ing Eastern tra­di­tions with mod­ern west­ern ther­a­pies and Paci­fica charm. The menu in­cludes re­lax­ation mas­sage, and beauty treat­ments us­ing the ex­otic Pure Fiji range, aro­mather­apy mas­sages and holis­tic treat­ments to re­ju­ve­nate and de-stress. The day spa is the

per­fect place to re­lax as a cou­ple or spend a day out with the girls, with pack­ages in­clud­ing a se­lec­tion of ther­a­pies. Twin treat­ment rooms are avail­able to share the ex­pe­ri­ence with a loved one. The lat­est de­vel­op­ment in this en­gag­ing com­plex is the ad­di­tion of the tree top bu­res, new spa rooms high in the lush trop­i­cal bush with glimpses of the amethyst wa­ters be­low. With a pri­vate bal­cony and se­cluded pool, the bu­res add an­other di­men­sion to the unique Lost Spring ex­pe­ri­ence. The Lost Spring Café has a rep­u­ta­tion among lo­cals for its fresh lo­cal pro­duce, antipasto plat­ters and ta­pas, ex­otic cock­tails and lo­cal wine. Pool­side ser­vice is a deca­dent treat or you can en­joy a post-mas­sage re­fresh­ment on the day spa deck or a meal in the Lost Spring Café, one of the top places to dine in Whi­tianga. Housed in the his­toric Mer­cury Bay School house, The Lost Spring Café is sur­rounded by trop­i­cal gar­dens which can be viewed over the la­goon from the cafe, from the el­e­vated cock­tail deck, or from the beach for an ex­otic trop­i­cal din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Com­bined with a swim or spa visit, or as a din­ing des­ti­na­tion in it­self, the café team will con­jure a ro­man­tic din­ner for two, a celebratory lunch or a quick cof­fee and sweet treat. So, while The Coro­man­del is known for its iconic coast­line and Hot Wa­ter Beach, the re­laxed and so­phis­ti­cated vibe of this geo­ther­mal par­adise ex­pe­ri­ence puts The Lost Spring on any ‘Must Do’ list.

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