Situated just an hour outside of Auckland, Earth Energies Sanctuary is the perfect location for an escape that is worlds apart from the busy city life. The beautiful sanctuary has been carefully curated by Marie Latus and Duncan McKenzie, inspired by their own unique wellness journeys after both leaving their stressful, globe-trotting mining careers that left them seeking more of a work/life balance.
The sanctuary is located on a 200-acre property of sustainable farmland, with stunning views of the Firth of Thames and the Coromandel Ranges. From the moment you begin the incline to the cabin, the stress seems to fade away as you are enveloped by rolling hills and the only other company is their small herd of Red Deven Cattle.
The cabin, purposefully built for the sanctuary, is a private oasis fully equipped and ready for guests to unwind. With 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, the accommodation is perfect for couples, a ladies’ getaway, small family or solo retreat. A welcome basket is given on arrival containing a bottle of local wine, a jar of honey sourced from the farm as well as custom-blended kawakawa balm made by Marie onsite. The fridge is stocked ready for a farm-fresh breakfast the next morning and the cosy fireplace is ready to be lit as needed.
A highlight is the large stone bath that overlooks the farm, perfect for ending the day soaking in custom-blended bath salts while watching the sunset. This is closely followed by the “We Create, You Cook” three-course menu carefully prepared by a local chef and simply delicious.
The next day is all about restoring and reconnecting in a state of the art wellness facility via therapies that Marie has become an expert in. Every treatment has been purposefully introduced with a common theme of bringing guests to a deeper brainwave state for optimum relaxation, creativity, insight and mindfulness. They are also tailored to suit each guest’s individual needs therefore before beginning, Marie makes sure to get to know you in order to make the best recommendations.
The therapies available include, infrared sauna, floatation, zero balance, aroma touch and clinical hypnotherapy https://www.earthenergiessanctuary.com/therapies
My visit to Earth Energies Sanctuary was much needed and I was surprised at how quickly I was able to relax. Any stresses just seemed to fade away and the time spent with Marie during the therapies was extremely valuable. Marie is a wealth of knowledge who is happy to draw on her own personal experiences in order to give her guests the tools they need to live a more balanced life and take a “piece” of the sanctuary with them. With a haven so close (only an hour South of Auckland), I will certainly be back.
Prices start from $590 per night for two guests (min 2 night stay) (We Create, You Cook three-course menu an additional $90 per adult), $490 for the Sanctuary Bliss Half Day Therapy package for a 4-hour personalised programme. Three and four-night packages also available.
3315 State Highway 2, Mangatarata
(07) 867 3448
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