08/09/17

Partnership with Pukeroa Oruawhata Group brings new luxury wellness offering to New Zealand

Belgravia Leisure is proud to announce its partnership with Pukeroa Oruawhata Group in developing and bringing to life a new spa and wellness destination for Rotorua- Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa.

Karen Golden, General Manager, Destination, Spa and Wellness says she is looking forward to managing this unique, world class property on behalf of Pukeroa.

“We’re honoured to be involved in this incredible project, from early concepts through to the finished design phase.

"We’re particularly proud of the effort that has gone into embedding the local cultural narrative into the building, brand and planned experiences."

Owned and developed by Pukeroa Oruawhata Group, the new luxury spa and wellness centre on the city’s lakefront is due to open in late 2019.

Highlighting the essence of Rotorua and its people, past and present, Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa has Te Arawa and Maori culture at its heart, with the 650-year history of Ngati Whakaue and Rotorua’s historical spa legacy forming an intrinsic part of its name and brand.

The name Wai Ariki means “chiefly waters”, and is a reminder of the origin of Rotorua’s thermal waters, which were called to Aotearoa by Ngatoroirangi.

Pukeroa Oruawhata trustee and kaumatua, Monty Morrison says the cultural authenticity of the spa development has been a critical element, and local Ngati Whakaue representatives have been heavily involved in the concept development.

“We want to respect and acknowledge our tupuna, and ensure the branding, concept and wider development tells the stories of Ngati Whakaue.”

Mr Morrison says other Ngati Whakaue narratives and elements of Te Arawa and Maori culture will be infused throughout the development, both through the design of the building, as well as its unique spa and wellness offerings.

Visit Wai-Ariki.co.nz for more information.

Check out Maori Television's story and New Zealand Herald's article.

About Belgravia Group

The Belgravia Group holds a vast portfolio of companies including Belgravia Leisure, which employs 4,500 staff in 120 facilities in Australia and New Zealand. Its innovative offerings include thermal and mineral springs and spa, and destination wellness retreats.

Its specialist spa and wellness division, Hepburn Wellness Group, offers award-winning spa and wellness management services, both for existing spa and wellness properties, and co-developing new projects in partnership with clients. Among its specialties, is integrating cultural authenticity and nature into unique experiences.