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The Pinnacle of Accommodation in Rotorua

“Wai Ora”, a Maori term which means “healing waters”.  “Wai Ora” utilize the qualities of our healing waters. Wai Ora heals physically, mentally and spiritually. Wai Ora is an integral component of both Rotorua Spa and New Zealand Spa history.

The Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort provides the contemporary New Zealand Cultural Spa Experience with the environment of the lake and spring water underpinning the Wai Ora Spa and accommodation Rotorua experience.

The two spa experiences within the group can be accessed separately or in combination and while each provides a different experience, together they make up a very unique spa offering that is “The New Zealand Cultural Spa Experience”.

The Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort site has an interesting history extending back almost 100 years when it was part of the “Redwood Estate” established in 1925 with the building of the Dutch Colonial Designed house that is now the centerpiece of the Te Amorangi Museum, located some 300 meters from the Resort.

This farm was later sold to a Major Hannah (a member the Hannah’s shoe shop family) in the late 1930s who built a house and servant quarters closer to the lakefront which is now the Restaurant, Bar, and Reception of the Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort. The property was later sold to the Holden family, another noted family of Rotorua that has a number of family members still residing in close proximity to the resort. These two families are recognized with the naming of the bays in front of the resort as Hannah’s and Holden’s Bay.

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