Travelling to New Zealand on business? You’ll find it easier to the ground running on your return if you’ve managed to eke out a few hours of R&R while you’re there. Here are our picks for the best places to be pampered in the cities of Auckland and Wellington – all in the name of productivity, of course.
East Day Spa, Sky City
90 Federal Street, Auckland
You’ll find East Day Spa right in the heart of Auckland City, discreetly tucked away on the ground floor of the Sky City Grand Hotel. As the name suggests, this is a blissful haven of ‘East-meets-West’ offers an alluring combination of ancient Eastern healing traditions and modern Western spa and beauty therapies. For the time-poor business exec, there’s a pretty good chance of nabbing a last-minute booking because East Day Spa has an impressive 12 individual treatment rooms. Only have an hour between meetings? That’s plenty of time for a nurturing 30-minute back massage. Just completed an all-day marketing workshop? The Veda 90-minute Deep Tissue Massage has your name on it.
Chuan Spa, Cordis
83 Symonds Street, Grafton, Auckland
Previously known as The Langham, Cordis Auckland is the city’s newest hotel reinvention, located in the lively uptown area. Within this shiny new hotel is the luxury Chuan Spa, a serene retreat from the outside world. With treatments that take their inspiration from traditional Chinese medicine, Chuan Spa could be just thing to bring your Qi into balance before that big presentation. Deep-dive into ‘Chaun Eternity’, three hours and fifteen minutes of whole-body pampering that includes a herbal salt body scrub, ‘Chuan Harmony’ massage, Thalgo classical facial and either mini manicure or pedicure.
The Pullman Spa
Corner of Princes Street and Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland
You’re in New Zealand... but you’re in Ireland. The Pullman Spa stands out for the products it uses – namely, VOYA, the world’s first range of certified organic, seaweed-based skincare products and spa treatments, made with seaweed that is harvested by hand from the wild Atlantic coast of Ireland. The Pullman is also known for its lengthy list of massage treatments, which includes an Indigenous Greenstone Massage, Voyager Massage Journey and Sodashi Crystalus Massage. How could work possibly get on top of you when you have one of these to look forward to? The Pullman is located on the.
60 Victoria Street, Wellington
With locations all over New Zealand, Forme Spa is certainly hitting all the right notes when it comes to deluxe pampering. The Wellington offering is located in a beautiful heritage building in the centre of the city and includes five treatment rooms. The spa can also be booked for corporate events – no, really – so if you’re after an inspired way to show your new client they’re in good hands, that’s exactly the experience you could treat them to.
108 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Spring Spa is also located in one of the capital’s prized heritage buildings, the renowned Il Casino site. The atmosphere here is bright, vibrant and switched on – treatments are reviewed regularly to keep up with global trends and the positive mood is hard to resist, no matter what the weather is doing outside. With such a central location, there’s no excuse for not finding time to squeeze Spring Wellington’s signature massage into your day.
2/2 Tory Street, Wellington
Bodyhaven Spa has a very loyal following, thanks to the highly trained spa therapists. Massage connoisseurs will appreciate the feeling of being in strong, capable hands – not to mention the sheer bliss that follows one of their rejuvenating full body massages. Bodyhaven also offers sports massage as well as relaxation treatments. One massage here and you’ll be working a little Bodyhaven time into your calendar whenever work takes to you to New Zealand’s windy city.