Pesky knots and achy-everythings getting the better of you? Not in our town they’re not. Literally, Auckland is dotted with A-plus massage joints—so you’re never far from a pair of healing hands and their magical massage powers.
We’ve taken the hard yards out of scoping out the very best massage places in Auckland, so that you can sit back and slip right into a state of bliss. Toodles, tension.
Spa At The Pullman
They say it’s not the destination that counts, but the journey to get there. And boy-oh-boy are the Pullman’s massages magical sensory journeys. Drawing upon rejuvenation rituals from around the globe and bringing them to Auckland, these treatments are your ticket to complete and utter relaxation (and of course, the complimentary access included to the hotel’s pool, spa, sauna and fit lounge helps with that too). The impressive array includes the likes of classic Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone and pregnancy massages, alongside some more specialised treats like an Indian head massage and fruity body bliss, where you get to choose between orange or lavender healing potions.
Ponsonby and St Heliers
With not one but three be-au-ti-ful (and award winning) Balinese spas under their belt, it’s safe to say that Spring Spa knows a thing or two about massages. So much so, that they’ve kindly brought a slice of Bali to their two Auckland locations, offering a traditional healing massage featuring pressure-pointing and flowing strokes that will put any pesky tension to bed. You’ll also find traditional back and hot stone massages on offer, as well as a seasonal signature treatment that is so lush, it’ll have you coming back season after season.
CBD and Parnell
Ever thought a beer and a massage couldn't go hand-in-hand? Think again. At Massage Me, you’ll find what might just be the best massage in Auckland: a Balinese Beer Massage, where yeast from beer is added to the massage experience, to cleanse your body of toxins and purify your pores as it goes. Alongside this offer you’ll also find all kinds of cures for achy muscles and overworked bodies, from quick half-hour fixes right through to three-hour massage marathons. Or rev the relaxation up a notch and choose their four-handed massages to tackle the pain and pinches that one set of hands just simply can’t. Pure bliss.
CBD and Newmarket
Speaking of, Aucklanders, we’re going to let you in on a little secret here. Our city is home to not one but two secret, hidden gems of the massage world: Bliss on Broadway and Bliss in the City. Dedicated to improving circulation and releasing the body’s natural energy flow, Bliss rolls massage and reflexology rituals into a range of luxurious treatments. The result? A lovely long list of everything from ancient Chinese Medicine-inspired foot reflexology treatments, through to Swedish massages. Thankfully the team know that it’s no easy feat choosing between their choices, so they’ve curated a plethora of combination treatments for those of us who want the best—and most luxurious—of both worlds.
East Day Spa
Tackle that pesky tension in the most opulent of ways and treat yourself to one of Auckland’s best massages at Skycity’s East Day Spa. With world-renowned senior massage therapist and spa trainer Agung at the helm of this inner city oasis, you’ll find the most sumptuous renditions of your classic favourites like hot stone, Balinese, Thai and Shanti massages alongside plush aromatherapy massages. If you like your massages slightly on the firmer side, we suggest you try their Veda massage and let the firm-fingered masseuse show your knots who’s boss. There’s also a reflexology lounge onsite complete with plush chaise-lounges and free flowing tea—perfect for a gals or guys spa day out.
Hit the gym a little too hard lately? Or is the office chair slump getting the best of your joints? Forme Spa has just the solution. Thirteen of them, to be precise. With this extensive choice of treatments, Forme has—quite literally— got your back when it comes to decadent and restorative massages. You’ll find everything from blissful pregnancy massages through to basalt host stones, Swedish, Thai Fusion and dreamy deep tissue treatments. There’s also the option to show your main squeeze some love and have them join in the decadence with a couple’s massage in one of Auckland’s best and most beautiful day spas.
Auckland Thai Massage
Yearning for an escape to the pampering capital of the world, but a trip to Thailand is off the table? Not to worry, take yourself to Auckland Thai massage for an exotic spot of TLC—all from the comfort of your very own city. Here you’ll find a succinct range of neck and shoulder, foot and full-body massages, reminiscent of the kind you’d find gracing the menus of Phuket’s most lush spas. Best of all, it can be found right in the heart of the city at Auckland’s Stamford Plaza, making it the perfect place to swing by and rest those busy bodies.
It’s certainly no secret that The Cordis’ Chuan Spa is among the best places in Auckland (and the world) to treat yourself to some serious TLC. Using age-old Chinese Massage techniques and a bespoke blend of oils, their massages restore balance and invigorate in tranquil Oriental surroundings. Balance your yin and yang with a hot stone massage, or treat your body to a healthy dose of harmony with their aptly named full-body Chuan Harmony oil massage. For something a touch more vigorous, opt for their tension-freeing Deep Tissue Massage for an instant melting away of any knots and stress in your life. While you’re there, don’t forget to take a dip in the rooftop pool or pop into their saunas or steam room for that extra splash of zen.
Pop in, pummel those tense spots, then prance on out. That’s how the folk at The Rub do things. In the spirit of keeping things completely stress-free, theres no need to book ahead to treat yourself to their superb health massages. Just rock on up to their Newmarket boutique, point out your pain, choose from an oil or dry service, and let the masseuses work their magic on you. As one of Auckland’s best places to treat yourself to a stress-release that’s easy on the muscles and the wallet alike, we bet it’ll quickly become your regular.
Hungry for more pampering? Check out our guide to Auckland's best day spas.