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Wellness Seekers, Look to New Zealand

by Angelique Platas

Feb 16, 2019

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Destinations / Oceania

Families seeking a reprieve from the winter weather or humdrum of school and work, New Zealand is essentially an oasis of wellness and restoration. Sure, you can find a spa in your own neighborhood or a local way to check self-care off of your to-do list — and you should — but for a vacation centered around getting health, wellness and empowerment, New Zealand has a few to go around.


For Yogis

Soul Journeys

Hiking with a view of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand © Cbork7 | Dreamstime.com

Hiking with a view of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand © Cbork7 | Dreamstime.com

Get in touch with your holistic side at Soul Journeys in Queenstown, New Zealand. Hike along the incredible terrain and meditate in the peaceful surroundings, practice yoga with likeminded guests and feel inspired and refreshed. Whether a yogi-certified family or novice to the practice, Soul Journeys has a swath of options, including all fitness levels.


For a Mix

ARO HÃ Wellness Retreat

Relax your mind, body and spirit at the Aro Hã Wellness Retreat, just a 40-minute drive from Queenstown, New Zealand. The luxury wellness center focuses on every aspect of Zen, inside out.



Retreats range from adventure and wellness to eating well and completely relaxing. Heal your problem areas, detox your body and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. Choose from whole foods and vegetarian menus to refuel from a day of yoga, hiking and a blend of mindful classes. Spend five–seven days and nights, $5,200–6,250, year-round.


For a Complete Refresh

Resolution Retreats

Focused on healthy eating, weight loss and body confidence, Resolution Retreats is exclusively for women. Make it a girls’ trip or just spend the day on an already planned vacation and enjoy unique, all-inclusive programs specifically designed for women by women. Resolution encourages healthy practices through support, positive body image, encouragement and body renewal — all while in an exclusive, luxury paradise location.


Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa

Get away to the Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa on a couple’s trip, relaxing girls’ getaway or solo excursion for the ultimate wellness retreat. Enjoy serene surroundings, fresh cuisine, spa treatments, yoga, meditation and emotional healing methods. Shunyata comes with all the trappings of your traditional spa, but with an added importance of peace and serenity. This stay could be a great way to introduce the kids to meditation and being more aware of both mind and body health — all while completely surrounded by enchanting natural beauty and luxury services, of course.


Book a mother-daughter trip, plan an extended stay with the family and pick and choose your daily relaxation services, or just take a healthy break from exploring the country’s bounty of wine and cuisine options. Check out a family-friendly list of Queenstown spots before your trip.


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