Wellness

Where To Get An Earth-Shatteringly Good Massage In Auckland

By Ava Wardecki

Someone gets a massage at the Luxe Spa at the Pullman, one of the best places in Auckland to get a massage.

Pesky knots and achy-everythings overstaying their welcome? Not in our town they’re not. Quite literally. Auckland is dotted with otherworldly massage destinations—so you’re never far from a pair of healing hands.

From fluffy robe affairs to hidden-in-plain-sight gems, we’ve scoped out the very best massage places in Auckland, so that you can sit back and slip right into a state of bliss. Toodles, tension.

Spring Spa

Ponsonby & St Heliers

Stepping into Spring Spa is like stepping into a seashell: light, polished, otherworldly, a touch coastal and wonderfully cocooned from the outside world. Easily one of the sleekest places for a massage in Auckland, Spring’s two destinations are known as the best for a Balinese-style massage—after all, the team does have four be-au-ti-ful (and award-winning) spas under their belt in Bali. The Spring Signature Massage will show you the ropes, or localise the rejuvenation through their Signature Foot Massage or pressure-point focussed reflexology.

HANA

Grey Lynn

A real urban retreat, industrial chic yet tranquil HANA space is the go-to for Infrared saunas and contrast therapy for Aucklanders in the know. Lesser known, however, is HANA’s massage therapy offerings, which are bookable in 30, 60 or 90-minute sessions. Combine this with a moment in their light pod—a session designed to kickstart your cells into producing more energy—and you’ll hit the perfect balance of restored and reinvigorated. Sounds like cloud nine to us.  

East Day Spa

Auckland CBD

Relaxing chairs at East Day Spa, one of the best places to get a massage in Auckland.Skycity Hotel’s fiercely glamorous, golden-lit retreat is home to Auckland’s best array of East meets West treatments. Slip into their newly refurbished treatment rooms, and explore East Day Spa’s offerings of Balinese, Veda, Shanti, Kady Vasty, hot stone, pregnancy, and expert-level East Thai massages, plus oh-so-many more. You simply aren’t allowed to leave without paying the Roman-style tepidarium a visit—a warm relaxation room with Italian stone heated loungers designed to relieve tension. Your mind, body and muscles will thank you dearly. 

Saint Beauty

St Heliers

In what world can you find yourself a facial that also seriously delivers on a massage? Upstairs at Saint Beauty’s light, calming and impossibly pretty pampering haven in St Heliers. Book yourself in for the Saint Trio Facial and, as you while through three of their bespoke facial enhancements, your therapist will take things a touch further with a gorgeous facial massage—yes, the heavenly scalp one included. Facials aside, it’s worth noting that Saint Beauty does indeed do full body massages—and very well, might we add.   

Victorian Bali Spa

Auckland CBD

What happens when one of the most sought-after therapists in Auckland goes solo? Victorian Bali Spa, a pocket-sized spa that packs a serious restorative punch—that’s what. Here, Balinese-grown, world-trained massage therapist Loli works a level of magic worth crossing suburbs for. Don’t let the svelte spot fool you, couples massages, facials, ayurvedic and full spa packages are very much on the cards in this hidden gem. Plus, they’re open ‘till 7pm making it perfect for an after-office-day pop-in (although, we would recommend booking in advance).

Face Up Beauty

Grey Lynn

Here to end below-the-neck neglect is the queen of the Facial Sculpting massage, Olga, who’s the one-woman band at the helm of Face Up Beauty. Talented doesn't begin to cover her craft—but we will say that her magic hands and technique are to thank for firmer, tighter, healthier and far more sculpted skin and faces. She works her massage magic into all layers of the face, from the muscles to the tissue and bone. Beauty is certainly more than skin deep.

Ikoi Spa

Takapuna

A couple have massages at Ikoi Spa, one of the best places for a massage in Auckland.More than a lie-on-the-massage-bed-and–tune-out situation, Ikoi Spa’s special massage ritual involves a bit more immersion. Literally. You’ll start in their signature Enzyme Spa, a traditional Japanese deep-heating dry spa of rice bran, pinewood sawdust and organic flora and mushroom enzymes straight from Hokkaido, where your therapist will work these into your skin before going into a shiatsu or oil massage. Simple massage treatments are available, but who are we as mere mortals to say no to an ancient wellness ritual?

Luxe Spa At The Pullman 

Auckland CBD

They say it’s not the destination that counts, but the journey to get there. And goodness, The Luxe Spa At The Pullman’s massages are absolutely magical journeys. Plus the pre and post-treatment perks one gets to enjoy: a jacuzzi, a sun-soaked verandah, Auckland city’s longest indoor lap pool, and saunas and steam rooms galore. They draw on rejuvenation rituals from around the world, Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone and pregnancy massages. Our pro tip? Gather your friends and make the most of the special hen’s do room or a special couple’s space. Oh, and keep a keen eye on their seasonal getaway packages for pretty little upgrades and extras to the spa experience.

Morgan & Morgan 

Takapuna

Scalp massages are the greatest of all treatments. Morgan & Morgan’s Japanese Head Spa is officially bringing the overseas craze to Auckland, spoiling the scalp with the same TLC usually reserved for our skin. Hair stylist Kouji meticulously cleanses the scalp based on its needs, massaging from the forehead to neck, finishing with leave-in treatment and blow dry. It’s everything we love in a pamper session, rolled into one.

Sofitel Spa 

Auckland Viaduct

The spa at the Sofitel shows a luxurious pool.Easily Auckland’s most chic day spa—after all, have you seen that sleek, starry-skied waterfront pool? Sofitel Spa also happens to be one of our city’s best massage destinations. One peek at the massage menu, and it’s clear that you’re in for a treatment as opulent as your surroundings. Experience the exquisite technique and oils of French skincare brand Sothys’ in their Exhilarating Body Massage or perhaps one of the best Hot Stone massages known to our nation (their warm volcanic basalt stones are something special), before basking in a state of bliss in the relaxation room, complete with a waterfall and a live greenery wall. It’s a plush fluffy robe and multiple dips in the pool and sauna affair, so do ensure you make a whole day out of it, yes?

Yin Acupuncture 

Mt Eden

You’re either a lymphatic drainage massage enthusiast or you’re about to be. Here to guide you on that adventure is Yin Acupuncture’s Sophie, Mt Eden’s wellness fairy godmother. Her full-body massage will drain your lymphatic system, helping you fight bloating, digestive woes, fatigue, and even skin concerns. If time is on your side and rejuvenation is on your mind, go for 'The Works' package. True to the name, this iconic massage pairs with Sophie’s other magic worker—an extra hour of acupuncture—for a full nervous system reset. 

SO/Spa

Auckland CBD

Two massage beds with ambient lighting at SO Spa.Auckland’s it-hotel for unique views, brews and staycations also hosts the most otherworldly day spa. Forget going by a package, here you pick and mix all of the moments that jump out to you on the treatment menu and simply pay per time. Face lifting, Hydra Brush, solid Himalayan salt, sleep-inducing, three-phase draining massages—SO/Spa does it all, plus some in their uniquely luxurious way. It’s very much a social spa, so round up your fellow pamper posse and get ready to bask before the Himalayan salt wall, the Comfort Lounge or a dip in the pool.

Massage Eden 

Auckland CBD & Parnell

Ever thought a beer and a massage couldn't go hand-in-hand? Think again. At Massage Eden, you’ll find what might just be the best massage add-on in Auckland: Balinese Beer, where yeast from beer is added to the massage experience, to cleanse your body of toxins and purify your pores as it goes. 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 with the illusive four-handed massages to tackle the pain and pinches that one set of hands just simply can’t. Pure bliss.

The Tonic Room 

Kingsland

Here to guide you on that adventure is Yin Auckland’s urban apothecary also holds the key to some of the most remedial massages. After all, would you expect anything less from the beautiful holistic wellness destination that is Kingsland’s Tonic Room? Unwind with a relaxation massage, or take things a notch further with a moment with the hot stones (your choice of relaxing or deep pressure), a pregnancy massage or kiss a specific problem goodbye the natural way with their deep tissue service. To really rev up the rejuvenation, why not combine it with a naturopathy ‘Stress Less’ session and swan out the door with some teas, herbs and customised herbal tonics from their dispensary?

Chuan Spa 

Auckland CBD

If you like your pampering sessions ongoing and opulent, Cordis Auckland’s Chuan Spa is for you. Start by choosing a massage oil that most resonates with you—an indication of the exact TLC your body needs. What happens post-massage, however, is up to you and your whims. Lounge at their rooftop pool and spa with a tipple from the onsite bar. Hit the steam room, sauna, ice ritual and snail shower? Tack on a facial for a touch more? Head downstairs for their iconic afternoon tea? The Cordis world is your oyster. 

The Spa Nomad 

Mobile

Auckland’s best massages can very well take place in your space, fun fact. Simply set up a time and place with The Spa Nomad, swing open your door, and slip into their comfy massage beds as they work massage magic from your abode, hotel room or even workplace. From couple’s sessions to full-blown spa parties, Swedish to lymphatic drainage massage, there’s simply nothing the gals and guys in pink can’t do.

Sydney Beauty 

Remuera

Aside from being one of the prettiest places in Auckland for pampering, Sydney Beauty is also one of the best. The real pièce-de-resistance? A Lymphatic Body Sculpt Massage that leaves you lifted, smoothed and flushed of toxins thanks to magic hands and specially-crafted wooden rollers. We hear there’s even a special offer for those new to the practice. 

The Spa At Park Hyatt 

Auckland Viaduct

The only hot and cold you should be inviting into your life is The Spa at Park Hyatt’s special and sumptuous take on a stone massage. Feel the benefits of both hot and cold volcanic rocks in the Sensory Stones Massage take you to cloud nine—and we’re not just talking about the luxurious surroundings and spa amenities. There’s also a Rainforest Foot Ritual, Fragonia and Bergamot Scalp Treatment, an Ayurvedic and anti-inflammatory Native Clay and Hot Oil massage on the cards if you fancy branching out into specialised, but oh so-sleek, territories.

Bliss 

Newmarket

We’re going to let you in on a little secret here. Newmarket is home to a hidden gem of the massage world: Bliss. Dedicated to improving circulation and releasing the body’s natural energy flow, Bliss rolls massage and reflexology rituals into a range of luxurious treatments. Thankfully the team knows that it’s no easy feat choosing between their treatments, so they’ve curated a plethora of combination treatments for those of us who want the best—and most luxurious—of both worlds. 

Hungry for more pampering? Check out our guide to Auckland's best day spas.

Image credit: Luxe Spa At The Pullman, East Day Spa, Ikoi, Softiel Spa, SO/Spa, Sydney Beauty.

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