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.
“We believed we could create a place where people could enjoy a full retreat programme in a spectacular environment. Today, that place is reality. It is sitting gently on the land, is open and receiving guests,” said Chaparro.
Around 140 people attended the opening including Acting Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Clutha Southland the Hon. Bill English.
The Hon. Mr English welcomed Aro Ha and the significant investment into the New Zealand tourism industry.
“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 Aro Ha adds depth to what is already a very interesting place.”
Perched in the beautiful Southern Alps overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Aro Ha is a Zen-inspired centre specialising in innovative all inclusive wellness adventure programs. Aro Ha offers a mix of yoga, meditation and therapeutic massage, rigorous exercise, such as sub-alpine hiking and detoxifying 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.