Step into Wai Ariki, a place where Ngāti Whakaue culture, healing traditions, and warm hospitality converge. Nestled by the captivating Lake Rotorua, its name, ‘Chiefly Waters,’ reflects the majesty it holds. Owned and curated by the local iwi, you’ll discover the Wai Whakaora, a path to restoration, and the exclusive sanctuary, Āhuru Mōwai, both deeply rooted in Māori values. Experience a world of uniqueness that transcends borders and touches hearts. Wai Ariki awaits to embrace you with its magic.

Wai Whakaora

Restorative Journey

Rest and find stillness in a truly unique mineral bathing experience that combines our region’s geothermal mineral waters with the centuries-old legacy of Ngāti Whakaue culture, traditional practices and manaakitanga (caring for people and community).

Puna Tūmataiti

Private Geothermal Pool

Some manuhiri prefer to indulge in bathing alone or in groups of up to 4. We have several options to enjoy from private pools, to your own mud bath – all with the benefit of Wai Ariki’s mineral-rich geothermal water

Seasonal Offer

In these cold Winter months, take some time out to embark on our Restorative Journey (Wai Whakaora).

Wai Whakaora & Āhuru Mōwai

Restorative Journey & Sanctuary Bathing

The Sanctuary (Āhuru Mōwai) is a luxurious haven that provides a place of peace, tranquillity and calm for visitors (manuhiri) to experience traditional Ngāti Whakaue therapies in unique spaces that directly reflect our centuries-old legacy in this region.

gift certificates

Give the gift of wellness and restoration with one of our gift certificates.

Whether your voucher is for whānau (family) or hōa (friends) – or something to enjoy together – all will delight at Wai Ariki where taha tinana (physical), taha hinengaro (mental) and taha wairua (spiritual) health are delivered. We focus on bespoke and exclusive experiences, inspired by the legacy and traditional practices of Ngāti Whakaue, drawing on locally created and supplied products, founded on ancient healing.

Please see our FAQs for further information on our Gift Certificates.

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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