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Restorative Journey at Wai Ariki Hot Springs & Spa - 2 Hours

Restorative Journey at Wai Ariki Hot Springs & Spa - 2 Hours


  • Relax and rejuvenate at the Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa in Rotorua
  • 2 hour Restorative Journey experience of spiritual, mental and physical wellness
  • Mud lounges, mineral bathing, steam rooms and more

Revitalise your mind, body, and spirit at Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa. Nestled on the foreshore of Lake Rotorua, this luxury cultural wellness destination is owned by Ngti Whakaue and is built on their legacy of cultural traditions, healing practices, and manaakitanga (warm hospitality).

What's Included?

  • 2 hour Restorative Journey experience
  • Traditional Maori prayer to open and close the experience
  • Cleansing shower jets
  • Hot, cold, dry and wet experience
  • Mineral bathing
  • Geothermal mud lounge
  • Heated steam room
  • Towel, locker, water stations
  • Cultural commentary including healing benefits about each stage before you start your journey

Your journey will begin with a Maori prayer (karakia) to prepare your mind, body and soul for your transformative experience before entering the changing rooms.

  • Step 1: Walk through four sequential streams of water to energise the body.
  • Step 2: Enjoy a series of hot and cold, wet and dry experiences to invigorate body and soul. In Maori wellbeing practice, moving between extreme temperatures improves vigour and stamina.
  • Step 3: Soak up the healing properties of our geothermal waters including herbal, hydrotherapy, mineral alkaline and cold plunge. With temperatures range from 12 to 41 degrees celsius, senses continue to be revatilised through the transformative effect of hot and cold experiences.
  • Step 4: Nourish your skin within our geothermal mud lounge. Self apply naturally occurring mud infused with indigenous plant and oil extracts before reclining on heated rock beds for the mud to set and work its magic.
  • Step 5: Final area to relax and reflect is the dark misty steam room with heated stone. Feel your skin become silky smooth and the transformation this wellness journey has had on your mind, body and soul.

Your journey ends with a Maori prayer (karakia) before returning to the changing rooms.

Session Length

This experience has a duration of 2 hours.


  • The Restorative Journey is restricted for 16 years of age and above
  • Young adults should bring along ID to prove age and avoid being turned away
  • Wheelchair hoist requirements into the pools and any other special support services is required at time of booking
  • Any medical conditions (e.g., hearing, sight, skin sensitivity, heart) or serious allergies to be advised at time of booking or 48 hours prior to your arrival. This will ensure we are able to cater to any special needs or requirements.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your session time
  • Members not participating in the Journey can wait in the reception lounge or cafe area or return to the spa when guests have finished
  • The Journey is not suited for pregnant women due to the high temperatures of heat, water and steam
  • Bathing suits are required to be worn at all times during the Journey


  • Change your booking up to 48 hours before the start time of your experience
  • Changes are not permitted within 48 hours of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no-shows may result in you forfeiting your experience

Numbers on the Day

There is a a maximum of 16 people every 30 minutes from 9 am.


Spectators are not able to enter the Restorative Journey. There is a cafe and reception area to wait, a nice boardwalk alongside the lake can be enjoyed, and the hot springs are at walking distance to Government Gardens, inner city and other recreational activities.


Available all year round regardless of weather. The high roof shelters guests from rain and sun.

Dress Code

Smart casual and comfortable clothes to change back into are recommended. Please bring your flip flops/crocks. Limited swimwear is available for purchase, please bring your own or purchase it prior to arriving at Wai Ariki Spa. Please remove all jewellery and leave it at your accommodation or remove it before starting the Journey.

Other Info

Low-speaking voices are required throughout the Journey to be mindful and considerate of other guests. Mobile phones are to be left in lockers and put on silent. If mobiles are taken on the Journey they must be silent. No calls are allowed to be taken during the Journey. Any filming or photography to only be of members of your party.

This experience takes place within Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa located on the foreshore of Lake Rotorua. A multi-award winning architecturally designed building is visible from the lakefront and within walking distance from main inner city accommodation (e.g., Pullman, Novotel, IBIS), restaurants, cafes, Rotorua i-SITE and activities.

For 1 person
2 hours
$155 each
$155 each
$155 each

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