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First-Of-Its-Kind Health Retreat Opening 12 January 2014

November 1, 2013 Spa & Wellness No Comments Email Email

A purpose built, self-sufficient, luxury wellness centre is set to open in spectacular surroundings near Queenstown, New Zealand.

Aro Ha- Private Eco-Suite KingAro Ha offers innovative all-inclusive Wellness Adventure programs. The blueprint has been refined over the last 10 years and is based on vinyasa Yoga, sub-alpine hiking, functional strength training, meditation, therapeutic massage, and detoxifying vegetarian cuisine.

Aro Ha is evolving the model of detox spa retreat.  Multiple aspects of wellness are combined into one condensed experience.  It’s a place where people come to change their perspective, and return to centre.  Bodies becomeAro Ha- lake view lean, strong, and flexible, as minds become calm, clear, and present.  A few proven effects of this type of program include lifting depression, improved learning, increased self-esteem, weight loss, and improved body image.

Designed and constructed by a team of New Zealand’s leading consultants, Aro Ha exemplifies best practices for living in balance with nature while meeting our modern needs.  Localised food production from permaculture Aro Ha-Damian Leading Alpine Hikegardens is used to provide a signature menu designed by chef Suzie Bohannon.  Off-grid power generation, Passive Haus building techniques, and New Zealand’s first renewable distributed heating scheme all ensure the retreat treads lightly on the local environment.

Two friends, Damian Chaparro and Chris Madison, have created Aro Ha.

“Aro Ha is designed to support exceptional personal growth, both physically and spiritually,” says Chaparro.  “We feel a program that combines all the elements of true health, from built form to mindfulness, is a great way to support a shift.”

In the heart of the Southern Alps and overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Aro Ha is ready to host its first guests in January 2014.For further information, or more detail on programs, buildings, landscaping or permaculture philosophies, please visit

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