Ways to Wellness
Maybe it’s the alpine air, or perhaps it’s just the sheer beauty of your surroundings, but there’s something about Queenstown that lends itself to rest and rejuvenation. Here are some suggestions for nourishing your body and soul.
Relax during a spa treatment
Massage, facial, pedicure, manicure, exfoliation … are these spa treatments calling your name? There are a number of places offering day spa treatments in Queenstown; among them are excellent, global hotel spa brands including the Sofitel’s SoSpa, the Hilton’s eforea spa, Amaia Luxury Spa at Scenic Suites, and The Spa at Millbrook; for a more boutique experience, local owner-operators include Body Sanctum on Athol St, locally owned Harmony Spa at the corner of Earl St and Church Lane, and Forme Spa on Rees St.
Embark on a day walk
There may be no better place in New Zealand to embrace the outdoors, and there are a huge range of day walks to match all fitness levels and time constraints. If you’ve got the opportunity to make a day of it, the start of the reasonably tough Ben Lomond track is less than a 10-minute drive from Queenstown’s CBD, and takes 6-8 hours’ return and a reasonable level of fitness to conquer its 40km. Along the way to its summit through native beech forest you’ll enjoy stunning views of the lake, and on clear days you’ll have a great vantage point from which to enjoy Mt Earnslaw and Mt Aspiring. If you’re short on time, check out one of the prettiest spots in town, Bobs Cove, off the road to Glenorchy. The walk from here takes 40-minutes return, and you’ll take in several historic sites such as an intact limekiln from the 1870s, as well as several swimming beaches and fishing spots.
Try a yoga class
There are a number of options here, including taking a casual class at the very cool Sherwood community hotel, or signing up for a five to seven day retreat at Glenorchy’s Aro Ha. A couple of other places worth checking out if you need a stretch and some contemplation time are the Nadi Wellness Centre on Stanley St, Queenstown Yoga Studio on Boyes Cres, and Studio Sangha & Bikram Yoga on Industrial Lane.
Just ‘be’ on a retreat
At five to seven days, Aro-Ha Wellness Retreats at Glenorchy is the lengthiest retreat you’ll find in the Queenstown area. It’s ‘Wellness Adventures’ offer spa therapy and massage treatments, teach nutrition and mindfulness techniques, and include yoga, Pilates and functional movement classes. At the other end of the price and commitment scale have a look at Soul Journeys which offers a range of different options, including day, weekend and mini retreats.