Wellness

Auckland’s Best Day Spas For Peak Relaxation In 2022

By Ava Wardecki
3rd May 2022

Someone receives a treatment at The Spa, Park Hyatt Auckland

As fabulous as Auckland life is, a little me-time is always a welcome addition to our busy schedules. When a bath bomb and a DIY face mask won’t quite cut it, put yourself into the healing hands of Auckland’s best spa therapists for a little TLC.

Whether a full-day pampering is in order, or perhaps a quick glam-on-the-go treatment, we’ve picked out Auckland’s best day spas for that much-needed pick-me-up.

So slip on a fluffy robe, slide on some slippers and prepare to thoroughly indulge—here is where to find the best day spas in Auckland. 

The Spa, Park Hyatt Auckland

Auckland Viaduct

One of Auckland Viaduct’s very best destinations to eat, drink and play, Park Hyatt Auckland also just so happens to be one of the best to spoil yourself with a luxury treatment. Enter, The Spa: the aptly named it destination with seven rooms dedicated to refined iterations of everything from massages, facials, body treatments to more dedicated rituals like a Fragonia and Bergamot Scalp Treatment, Rainforest Foot Ritual and the pièce-de-resistance: the Native Clay and Hot Oil full-body massage, complete with a ring of native Australian clay. You’ll want to buffer in some time to have a splash in their balcony-poised swimming pool before heading down to revel in the fabulous food and wine at the Park Hyatt’s Captain’s Bar, Onemata restaurant, Living Room, and The Pantry. 

Haven Skin Spa

Takapuna & Mt Eden

Haven Skin Spa’s therapists certainly know a thing or two about skin—and about relaxation, unwinding, and walking out with complete and utter confidence. As one of Auckland’s best day spas for facials that restore skin to its glory, no matter its woes, the talented therapists here are experts at not only helping you choose the best treatments but will work their magic in bringing your best skin to life. Even the most specialised of treatments are made luxurious: with a beautiful welcome ritual to begin and a refreshment tray as you wake up from your treatment trance. With impossibly calming, neutrally-toned decor and pretty touches at every glance, a visit to Haven will soothe absolutely every sense. 

Someone receives a traditional Thai massage at East Day Spa.East Day Spa

Auckland CBD

Take yourself on an exotic escape without even leaving Auckland at SkyCity’s East Day Spa. Leave behind the hustle and bustle of Auckland city, walk your way into this candle-lit oasis, and experience Auckland city’s answer to an East Asian getaway. Here you can get into a plush robe, sip on divine detox tea, and slide into a state of bliss at the healing hands of East’s talented team. Their award-winning treatments will soothe every inch of your being to a touch of Zen. We’re talking everything from traditional Chinese reflexology, right through to a Balinese bacial (yes, that’s a facial for your back). The pampering treatments don’t stop there. There are detoxifying body wraps, award-winning massages, facials galore, as well as soothing aromatherapy baths to soak your stress away in.

Spring Spa

Ponsonby & St Heliers

Resort-level lapping up luxury is yours to indulge in without so much as leaving Auckland thanks to Ponsonby and St Heliers’ Spring Spa. The interiors are plush, light, coastal, oh-so-soothing and very reminiscent of a space you’d dream up in a tropical destination—after all, the Spring team does have some sumptuous spots in Bali. It’s based on the concept of a social spa (perfect for you hens out there), so expect rows after rows of mani-pedi loungers and wide-open spaces to while your time away in, as well as tranquilly secluded rooms for your facial, massage, waxing and tanning rituals.  

A person relaxes at Sofitel Spa, one of the best day spas in Auckland.Sofitel Spa

Auckland Viaduct

Relaxation and waterside dwellings go hand-in-hand. There’s no better place to experience this fabulous pairing first-hand than at the luxurious Sofitel Spa in Auckland’s viaduct. Start your journey plushed up among the live wall—complete with a waterfall and Aotearoa’s iconic greenery—in the serene relaxation space, before indulging in some of the most luxurious massages, facials and body treatments any Auckland spa has to offer. The Sofitel is known for its chic French touches, so expect a treatment menu of cult-favourite Sothys Paris as well as Biologique Recherche treatments brands alongside local Nellie Tier. Our treatment of choice? The Sothys Secrets Face and Body Treatment for two and a half hours and eleven rituals of head-to-toe pampering. Round off your session with a sauna visit, a dip in the pool and a jacuzzi overlooking the harbour—while marvelling at its starry ceiling—and you’ll be on the most elegant cloud nine to ever exist.

Spa Ayurda

Ponsonby

Say goodbye to stress and hello to a world of relaxation at Ponsonby Road’s very own day spa, Ayurda. Leave feeling rejuvenated as ancient healing powers and gentle massaging transform your body and mind. Allow your soul to unwind as you indulge in healing practices and treatments. Choose from massage, facials and whole body rituals to rejuvenate and recharge. Wanna feel on top of cloud nine? Book yourself in for a whole lot of relaxation.

The lush rooftop pool at The Cordis.Chuan Spa

Auckland CBD

The ultimate in luxury day spa experiences is yours to indulge in at Chuan Spa. As the renowned spa of the Cordis hotel, expect utter opulence from the moment you set a spa slipper-dressed foot inside. Flickering candlelight, exotic flora and fauna and opulent oriental décor make for the perfect backdrop in which to enjoy Chuan’s contemporary Asian-inspired treatments. Massages, facials, body wraps and scrubs are all on offer here, as well as sumptuous multi-treatment packages. Of course, no visit is complete without thoroughly indulging in the spa’s wellness facilities. With a rooftop pool and jacuzzi, saunas, a herbal steam room and an ice experience, it’d be utterly rude not to stay and indulge a little longer. Pro tip: there’s now a poolside bar to sort you with everything from a bottle of bubbles to a poolside martini for some serious post-treatment unwinding.

Ikoi Day Spa

Takapuna

If an authentic Japanese wellness ritual tickles your fancy, then schedule an Enzyme Spa at Takapuna’s Ikoi Day Spa, pronto. This signature service will see you immersed in a dry bath of natural botanicals and enzymes (sourced all the way from Hokkaido, nonetheless), as specialist masseuses carefully rub the goodness into you. The end result? Deep heating that leaves both yourself and your skin feeling supple and energised. Polish off your visit with a facial or a self-heating mineral mud wrap, and you’ll walk out feeling fresh as a daisy—or rather, a sakura blossom.

The Salt Cave at Salt Cave Halotherapy, one of the best day spas in Auckland.Salt Cave Halotherapy

North Shore

We all know salt works wonders for our food. Lesser known, however, is salt’s holistic healing powers. Here to introduce us to that is Auckland's first-ever salt spa: the Salt Cave Halotherapy & Wellness Centre. Taking centre-stage at this wellness mecca is its namesake salt cave—a dimly-lit room entirely surrounded by natural, pink Himalayan rock salt walls. Here you can bask in the pink glow, bathe in the salt particles and breathe any toxins right out of your system. It’s safe to say that not only is this salt sanctuary one of Auckland’s best (and most ‘Grammable) day spas, but it’s also one of Auckland’s most unique.

Bersantai Day Spa

Waiku

Take your mind body and soul on a journey—literally—and get out of the city for a touch of TLC at Bersantai Spa at Castaways resort. Located on a clifftop above Karioitahi beach, this spa takes the crown for Auckland’s best day spa location. Take in the serene sights and sounds of the natural landscape as you soak outdoor in a decadent Balinese coconut milk bath. Head on inside to experience more pampering in the form of massages, facials and mani-pedis. Our top pick is the Bernsatai Bersantai Exotic Vanilla & Coffee Bean Massage—a detoxifying ritual that will have your skin looking, feeling, and smelling like a dream.

A man applies skincare at Equipoise.Equipoise

Herne Bay

No list of Auckland’s best day spas would be complete without mention of Herne Bay favourite, Equipoise. With 22 years of preening and pampering under their belt, it’s safe to say this day spa is nothing short of an iconic beauty institution. From top to toe, the talented team can take care of all your beautifying needs like lashes, brows, tanning, waxing, and mani-pedis. For something a little more on the indulgent side, opt for a state-of-the-art tailored facial or massage. If one treatment leaves you wanting more, then go all-out with their spa packages for hours upon hours of bliss. It is called a day spa, after all.

Forme

Albany, Mt Eden, Parnell, Ponsonby & Takapuna

Impossibly beautiful boutiques and a pampering menu to match await glamour-seeking gals and guys at Forme Spa. Blush details, velvet furnishings and splashes of gold decor make for the perfect space to treat your body (and your eyes) to a little TLC. From massages to micro derms to manicures, Forme has treatments for ladies, lads, couples and mummies-to-be. Not to be missed are Forme’s divine facials—of which they have plenty of options for every skin need. Detox facials, skin peels, light therapy right through to the A-lister’s favourite oxygen facials—you name it, Forme does it. Better yet, there are five spas dotted around the city, meaning you’re never more than a stone's throw away from one of Auckland’s best day spas.

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Image credit: The Spa at Park Hyatt Auckland, East Day Spa, Sofitel Spa, Chuan Spa at The Cordis, Salt Cave Halotherapy & Equipoise.

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