From rural and beauty retreats to a holistic herb farm, an inner-city sanctuary for hot yoga, and even the region’s first salt therapy room, Manawatū offers a mix of unique wellness escapes to enjoy – unforgettable experiences that will have you coming back for more.

Hot yoga at the Dharma Room

Whether you’re a regular yogi or a newbie keen to try the benefits of hot yoga, the Dharma Room on King Street is a wellness escape with heart and soul that truly enhances the body and the mind. Through a series of postures and breathing techniques to help with flexibility, cardio, detox, focus and stillness, yoga at the Dharma Room is a must-do wellness escape experience in Manawatū.

Spacious and serene, you are greeted with the scent of soothing essential oils the minute you walk into the Dharma Room. High ceilings, exposed beams and wooden floors make for simple yet beautiful surrounds to help you tune out the world and tune in to your inner journey.

With an incredible team of teachers, the Dharma Room offers 60-minute to 75-minute yoga classes ranging from hot yoga, vinyasa flow and yin. Classes run daily with lunchtime, evening and weekend sessions available.

You can book a one-time casual pass or try the intro offer that lets you enjoy two weeks of unlimited yoga for only $49. 10-class concession cards or monthly passes are also available for those ready to enjoy hot yoga regularly. Or if you’re looking for a gift idea, gift cards are also on offer to share the wonders of hot yoga with friends and loved ones.

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Halo Salt Rooms

A healing and relaxing oasis not far from Palmerston North’s regional hospital, Halo Salt Rooms is the only salt therapy experience in Manawatū. For the curious minded, halotherapy is a natural and safe remedy that involves breathing salty air to improve your well-being by assisting with allergies, asthma, respiratory issues, skin conditions, as well as coughs and colds. The range of health benefits are wide and wonderful and available for you to enjoy six days a week.

A tranquil space oozing with a calming ambiance, you can book a session with friends, colleagues (already quite popular as a team building or corporate function) or enjoy a private room as an alternative form of date night – bonus points for thinking beyond a standard movie and dinner, right?

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Hiwinui Country Estate Body & Day Spa

Winding down through picturesque country roads, you’ll find a well-being haven at the award winning Hiwinui Country Estate Body & Day Spa. A destination that will literally sweep you off your feet, you can book a spa accommodation package for an indulgent overnight getaway or enjoy the day spa for a pampering day away.

Take in the sprawling gardens, outdoor spa in front of a roaring open fireplace, as well as the bar and lounge area that offers the most scrumptious platters. Tranquil seclusion and the most beautiful surrounds, it’s hard to believe that Hiwinui is just 15 minutes away from Palmerston North city.

Pamper packages include couples’ treatments that combines both romance and wellness at its best. Imagine relaxing in a private outdoor spa pool followed by soothing side by side full body massages – a touch of heaven on earth that you won’t soon forget.

Professional beauty treatments include manicures, pedicures, body wraps, facials, and men’s treatments as well as a range of massages to experience such as hot stone, pregnancy, and back, neck and shoulder. Pure bliss!

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The Herb Farm

Founded in 1993 by Herbalist Lynn Kirkland, The herb farm is a wellness destination for all your senses – where you can taste, smell, touch, hear and see the natural world come to life. Embracing the concept of Gaia, the philosophy that says the earth participates in its own healing, The herb farm is a true hidden gem in rural Ashhurst, just a 15-minute drive from Palmerston North city – open all year-round, seven days a week.

Spend the day here, immersed in the wonders of nature, including garden walks through over 2 acres of fourteen sprawling themed gardens. Come face to face with wild tranquillity, healing herbs and fragrant flowers, as well as fairies, gnomes and elves hidden throughout the woods. A magical wonderland that’s ever-changing through the seasons, where mindful moments come easy.

Also, a renowned skin care brand, The herb farm is home to 100% handcrafted natural skincare made on-site. Straight from farm to face, you can enjoy mindful gifting with a visit to its retail shop showcasing its beautiful product range. You can also book in a hands-on workshop to create your own products to take home – a unique experience for groups and get togethers.

And if you’re looking for a feast for the tastebuds, enjoy some beautiful meals at The herb farm café where the utmost care is taken to source local, free-range, organic ingredients to create fresh, delicious meals to nourish you from within, with plenty of vegetarian and gluten free options available. Their carrot cake is divine!

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Pania Ryan Beauty Retreat

Beaty and wellness go hand in hand at Pania Ryan Beauty Retreat – an award-wining salon that has been open for more than 30 years, amassing long-standing fans from near and far. With a focus on using a holistic and natural approach to beauty therapy, this is your go-to for the ultimate, inner-city beauty retreat.

Centrally located on Grey Street, Pania Ryan Beauty Retreat is open six days a week and offers a full range of advanced beauty treatments and skin therapies to help you look and feel your very best. With a team of friendly and high calibre therapists, expect the royal treatment from the minute you arrive.

Escape to a tropical paradise with a Pure Fiji facial with added enhancements ranging from microdermabrasion, professional peels and active vitamin boosters. For those looking for more advanced skin therapies, you can book in a professional skin consultation and learn more about the benefits of sonophoresis or micro needling.

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