Auckland’s Best Day Spas For Peak Relaxation

By Ava Wardecki

Someone receives a treatment at The Spa, Park Hyatt Auckland

As fabulous as Tāmaki Makaurau 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 the Urban List-approved of Auckland’s best and most rejuvenating 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. 

Saint Beauty

11 Saint Heliers Bay Road, St Heliers, Auckland 

What do you get when the owner of one of Melbourne's best beauty destinations and a doyenne of skin-smithing join forces? Saint Beauty, the must-know preening and pampering destination in the Eastern Suburbs, or all of Auckland really.

Tucked away above Saint Heliers Bay Road the rosy, luxurious little space where miracles come to life on skin, body and souls. That's all thanks to their curated menu of both Relaxation and Advanced Medi Facials where you'll find the likes of a Skin Balancing Antioxidant Facial, the Saint Ritual facial (which starts with a heavenly back massage), the Saint Petite Facial for the time-pressed glow-getters, dermapens and more.

Their pampering goes beyond the skin, luxuriously. But don't take our word for it, the best way of experiencing Saint Beauty's luxury edge is simply a full day of brow and lash treatments, spray tanning, and a massage and body scrub ritual for good measure.  


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Someone gets a facial at Endota.
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Impossibly beautiful boutiques and a pampering menu to match await glamour-seeking gals and guys at the newly-minted Endota.

Helmed by Australian wellness guru and brand founder Melanie Gleeson, Endota has now landed in Aotearoa and has taken over nine spas across NZ formerly held by Forme.

Expect the same gorgeous wellness spaces alongside a whole suite of new results-driven skincare products that can be expertly tailored to your needs.

From massages to micro derms to manicures, Endota has treatments for ladies, lads, couples and mummies-to-be. Not to be missed are Endota's divine facials—which have plenty of options for every skin need.

Organic facials, skin peels, light therapy right through to the A-lister’s favourite hydro-microdermabrasion—you name it, Endota 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.

Spring Spa

228 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby & 8A Turua St, 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.

The Spa, Park Hyatt Auckland

99 Halsey Street, Auckland CBD 

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, and 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. 

SO/SPA at SO/Auckland

Corner of Customs Street East and, Gore Street, East, Auckland 1010

More than a glamourous spot to rest one's weary head and indulge in rooftop cocktails, it-hotel SO/ Auckland houses one of Auckland's most secretive and sumptuous of day spas. An indoor pool, moody lighting, pillowy beds, flecks of gold decor give SO/SPA its charm—and that's before you've even started your facials or body treatments at the hands of their talented beauty therapists.

In true SO/Auckland fashion, the rituals are dotted with unique skincare treatments whipped up just for them by chic skin-smiths, Skin Regimen and Comfort Zone. Finish with a coupe of champagne, a Brunch Society feast or simply luxuriate in their lounge—either way, it'll be utterly indulgent. 

East Day Spa

Skycity Grand Hotel, 123 Albert Street, Auckland CBD 

East Day Spa's marble loungers in the new Tepidarium
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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 into an experience that feels far from anything in Auckland.

Winner in the World Spa Awards as New Zealand's Best Hotel Spa 2023, at East Day Spa 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.

There's everything from traditional Chinese reflexology, right through to a Balinese bacial (yes, that’s a facial for your back) on the treatment menu, plus detoxifying body wraps, award-winning massages, facials galore, a new LED sauna, as well as soothing aromatherapy baths to soak your stress away in.

As for the piece de resistance? Slink into the heated Italian stone loungers in their new, fiercely chic and purpose-built tepidarium—a nod to ancient Roman bathing rituals in warmly radiating rooms—as you soothe your mind and muscles. 

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Unit 3 Jervois Apartments, 165-167 Jervois Road, Herne Bay, 373 Dominion Road, Mount Eden & Ground Floor, Partner's Life Building, 33-45 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland

Skintopia’s therapists certainly know a thing or two about skin—and making your facial an intuitive, results-driven and completely rejuvenating experience.

They're not just one of Auckland’s best day spas for facials, they offer the most seamless experiences to work in your beauty routine on the regular, thanks to their four Cult Skin Membership options.

The talented and downright lovely skin therapists not only work to a bespoke treatment for your skin, but they've also got a whole walk-in-wardrobe of gadgets to truly level up your treatment.

Microneedling, Hydrodermabrasion,  Microcurrent work, LED Lights, HydraPeels: you name it, they do it. With sleek, modern, neutrally-toned decor and pretty touches at every glance, a visit to Skintopia will soothe absolutely every sense. Find them at Herne Bay, Takapuna, Mt Eden—or even in Wellington.   

Sofitel Spa

21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland CBD

A person relaxes at Sofitel Spa, one of the best day spas in Auckland.Image credit: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct | Facebook 

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 enjoying 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.

Luxe Spa at Pullman Auckland

Corner of Princes Street and Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland CBD

Come for the world-class spa treatments, and stay—the whole day, mind you—for the generous pool, wellness and fitness amenities. That's how you do a visit to Luxe Spa.

Helmed by the esteemed global spa manager, Cherry Chia, Luxe Spa's treatment menu is true to its name: with body treatments, massages, facials and more that draw on the best, most sumptuous rituals the world has to offer and carried out by therapists who truly know their craft.

As for the pre and post-spa offerings? You're in for a treat. There are the likes of a steam room, sauna, window-side heated jacuzzi and Auckland city's longest indoor lap pool to indulge in—and that's before we even start talking about the huge gym, outdoor garden patio and wrap-around sun verandah. 

We vote you keep an eye peeled for their generous seasonal spa packages for unique and indulgent spa discoveries.

Ayurda Wellness & Spa

465 Parnell Rd, Parnell & 211 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland

Say goodbye to stress and hello to a world of relaxation at Ponsonby Road’s very own day spa, Ayurda Wellness & Spa.

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.

Chuan Spa

83 Symonds Street, Grafton, Auckland CBD

The lush rooftop pool at The Cordis.
Image credit: Chuan Spa |  Facebook

The ultimate luxury day spa experience 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

1 Huron Street, Takapuna, Auckland

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.

Salt Cave Halotherapy

11/326 Sunset Road, Windsor Park, Auckland

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

685 Karioitahi Road, Waiuku  

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 outdoors 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.


100 Jervois Road, Ponsonby, Auckland

A man applies skincare at Equipoise.Image credit: Equipoise| Facebook

No list of Auckland’s best day spas would be complete without mention of Herne Bay's 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.

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