Wai Ariki Retail 

Wellness = Hauora 

What is the definition of wellness? Wellness is an individual pursuit—we have self-responsibility for our own choices, behaviours, and lifestyles—but it is also significantly influenced by the physical, social, and cultural environments in which we live. Hauora is central to our Wai Ariki retail. Hauora is made up of taha tinana (physical well-being), taha hinengaro (mental well-being), and taha wairua (spiritual well-being). Here at Wai Ariki, wellness and sustainability are our main focus. We have carefully curated our retail space to reflect hauora, our history, culture, and centuries-old traditions. 

 Our journey has just begun and but we are excited for the future and continuing our mahi with small businesses and artisans. 

The three main components to our retail are Rongoā, Taongā and Kai.  

Onuku – was established in 2016 by the Onuku Māori Lands Trust, located at the bottom of the mighty Tarawera Mountain. Onuku proudly supplies Wai Ariki with a variety of its honey products that include, Mānuka Honey, Rewarewa Honey, Clover Honey and Native Tree Honey. 

Wai Ariki – Customers may also purchase a selection of our very own Wai Ariki exclusive products including our signature Mud products or paru, that are used through our spa experiences including those that you will experience through our Restorative Journey. But not any old mud, we have infused our Mud body scrub with kūmurahou, leaving your skin feel so soft and silky. The mud mask with kawakawa will leave your face feeling refreshed, clean and hopefully 10 years younger. The kawakawa gives it a delectable scent that is not too strong or heavy.

Frequently asked questions

Before your arrival, we kindly ask you to take a moment to peruse our FAQs and familiarise yourself with our terms and conditions.

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Operating Hours

Wai Ariki is open every day of the year except Christmas Day.

Restorative Journey Wai Whakaora

Pools Daily: 9:00AM – 10:00PM (Latest arrival 8:00PM)

Private Pools
Daily: 9:00AM – 9:00PM (Latest arrival 8:00PM)

The Sanctuary Te Āhuru Mōwai

Daily: 9:00AM – 7.30PM (Latest arrival 7:30PM)

Spa Treatments
Daily: 10:00AM – 7:30PM

Sunday to Thursday: 9:00am – 5:30pm

Friday and Saturday: 9:00am – 7:00pm


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