Business partners Damian Chaparro and Chris Madison have spent three years creating the unique facility which is almost entirely self-sustaining and built as a model of environmentally friendly development to foster wellness in people.
Around 140 people attended the opening including Acting Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Clutha Southland the Hon. Bill English and Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Vanessa Van Uden.
“This is gracious, sustainable foreign investment into New Zealand. The partners behind Aro Ha have already brought huge benefits to the Queenstown region, and those benefits will continue to flow. For Queenstown and Glenorchy Aro Ha adds depth to what is already a very interesting place.”
Perched in the beautiful Southern Alps overlooking LakeWakatipu, Aro Ha is a Zen-inspired centre specialising in innovative all inclusive wellness adventure programs. Aro Ha offers a mix of yoga, meditation & therapeutic massage, rigorous exercise, such as sub-alpine hiking and detoxifing vegetarian cuisine prepared using fresh produce grown from its own permaculture gardens.
A $30million facility, Aro Ha provides its own energy and manages its own waste. Its high tech systems feature photovoltaic and micro hydro power generation and biolytic waste processing.
Aro Ha architecture provides accommodation for up to 32 guests, a spa with saunas, spa and massage rooms, dining and common in buildings designed to Passive Haus standards. Minimalist interior style complements glorious views across lake and mountains.
The first retreat guests arrive this Sunday, January 12. Pricing for a 5-day Enrich and Invigorate retreat starts at NZ$4550 per person and 7-day Delve Deep retreat at NZ$6250 pp, land-only, fully inclusive of all meals, and intensive wellness programming.
For further information please visit www.aro-ha.com.