Maruia Hot Springs in fo­cus

Latitude Magazine - - REGIONAL TRAVEL -

Maruia Hot Springs is lo­cated in the iconic Lewis Pass Na­tional Re­serve, a two-hour drive from Christchur­ch and one hour’s drive from Han­mer Springs. Var­i­ous pack­ages are avail­able for day vis­its, overnight es­capes and multi day re­treats, with lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion on of­fer or the fa­cil­i­ties to camp or park your car­a­van and use the hot pool and sauna spa­ces. For the past four years, since late 2015, pas­sion­ate own­ers James White and part­ner Kim Hamil­ton have given the Springs a new life whilst main­tain­ing the core of what it was once be­fore – a his­tor­i­cal nat­u­ral ther­mal min­eral spring of­fer­ing a place of re­lax­ation, re­ju­ve­na­tion and heal­ing. In New Zealand’s in­dige­nous lan­guage Māori, “Maruia” ap­pro­pri­ately trans­lates to shel­ter, haven or com­fort place.

The Maruia Hot Springs premier ex­pe­ri­ence is a six­day, five-night re­treat, led by co-owner Pro­fes­sor Marc Co­hen, med­i­cal doc­tor and re­searcher, which in­cludes op­por­tu­ni­ties to prac­tise for­est bathing, sauna bathing, ad­ven­ture bathing and bathing in the nat­u­ral geo­ther­mal rock pools while en­joy­ing the stun­ning river and moun­tain views. The re­treat will ex­pand your ex­pe­ri­ence of com­fort, re­lax­ation and joy and ex­plore the edge of your com­fort zone; ac­cess the deep in­ner-well of your be­ing and hack into your bi­o­log­i­cal op­er­at­ing sys­tem though fo­cused breath­ing, ac­tiv­ity and re­lax­ation ses­sions. Dis­cover life­style tweaks to over­come pain, in­flam­ma­tion and pro­cras­ti­na­tion. Prac­tise mas­tery over your mind and body, and gain con­fi­dence that you can per­form feats you thought im­pos­si­ble. Ul­ti­mately, trans­form your world through bathing and sim­ple life­style prac­tices that build re­silience, self-con­fi­dence and foster extr eme well­ness.

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