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All whaea welcome at Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa Cafe this Mother’s Day weekend
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All whaea welcome at Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa Cafe this Mother’s Day weekend

With the greater part (60%) of the Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa team being a whaea (mother), it’s no surprise that the business is built on the strength of whānau (family). Additionally, as the foundation of Wai Ariki’s offerings, te ao Maori (the Maori worldview) and Ngāti Whakaue culture and practices are grounded in…

Wai Ariki Waitangi ceremony dancers
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Wai Ariki Hosts Rotorua’s official Waitangi event: A wellness celebration like no other 

In the heart of Rotorua, Wai Ariki Hot Springs & Spa stood proud as the host of the official Waitangi event, “For the Love of the People | Mō te Aroha o te Iwi.” This year, the theme of wellness permeated through every aspect of the celebration, drawing over 4,000 manuhiri (visitors) who sought not…

Meet Karen Aleksich: from world-class spa director to implementing traditional Māori healing at a luxury level
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Meet Karen Aleksich: from world-class spa director to implementing traditional Māori healing at a luxury level

Karen Aleksich brings a wealth of experience and a deep passion for wellness to her role as Wai Ariki Hot Springs & Spa’s Guest Experience Manager.  With a journey spanning continents and cultures, Karen’s story is one of dedication, innovation and a commitment to the well-being of others.  Karen’s wellness journey began in her late…

Aquaman’s hidden oasis discovered! You won’t believe where Jason Momoa finds serenity
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Aquaman’s hidden oasis discovered! You won’t believe where Jason Momoa finds serenity

Aquaman star Jason Momoa has lived up to his name by enjoying a restorative soak at Rotorua’s Wai Ariki Hot Springs & Spa. The multi-award-winning venue is built on the legacy of Māori culture and Ngāti Whakaue healing practices, providing Momoa with an authentic experience while seeking tranquility and rejuvenation. Welcomed warmly by the team at…

Indigenous Women Lead and Inspire at 2024 Industry Summit at Wai Ariki
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Indigenous Women Lead and Inspire at 2024 Industry Summit at Wai Ariki

In a celebration of leadership and cultural heritage, Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa recently played host to the 2024 Indigenous Women in Industry (IWI) Summit.  Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Rotorua, New Zealand, this two-day economic summit brought together 80 remarkable indigenous women from around the world, offering a platform for networking, empowerment…

Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa Pioneering Wellbeing and Travel Trends in 2024
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Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa Pioneering Wellbeing and Travel Trends in 2024

Officially opened in June 2023, Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa, nestled on the shores of Lake Rotorua, is already proving a hit with local and international visitors alike, while it has also picked up a plethora of awards, including Best New Spa at the 2023 Spa and Wellness Awards, receiving three prestigious accolades at the Designers…