Hidden away from the world in the Glenorchy, Aro Ha Wellness Retreat offers 6 & 8 Day Adventure Wellness Retreats where you can go to escape daily routines, kickstart your health, and heal from the burdens and the stresses of life. In the words of Vogue Magazine, it’s where you receive a “full physical and emotional overhaul”, before being released back into the wilds of the world feeling refreshed, replenished, revitalised…and ready to take back control of your life.
Central to the experience is the pristine setting itself. With elevated views of Lake Whakatipu, the retreat is a mixture of natural stone and warming wood. The colours blend to the surroundings, grounding and connecting the man-made to nature. Part of this is due to the thoughtful addition of a number of natives and other plants. They are never overpowering. Nor do they stand in attention-grabbing contrast to their surroundings. Rather, they are just there, relaxed and in an almost symbiotic relationship with those enjoying a retreat.
Around the property, Nothofagus cliffortioides – Mountain Beach, with its small dark green sprays of leaves attached to short stems, stand unflinchingly when exposed to the bitter bite of winter. This useful evergreen is hardy and perfectly suited to such locations.
Softening the setting, Chinochloa rubra – Red Tussock, billows gently in the breeze, its red tinge warming the grounds. This native tussock is perfect for introducing what might be described as a cushioned aesthetic – its actions are gentle and unhurried, for this is a relaxing plant that slows time. No, there’s no need to rush here.
One thing is for sure, Aro Ha is where many of us would like to be.
To learn more about Aro Ha, visit www.aro-ha.com