Just as the tide can be trusted to rise and recede, this sustainable coastal wellness retreat has come full circle. The Longhouse Tirimoana Whare Roa was built in the 1920’s as a wellness retreat for shell shocked soldiers returning from WW1, and now after a sustainable renovation it has reopened for slow, meaningful, authentic stays. Every element of The Longhouse has been designed for you to reconnect with the ocean, nature (Te Taiao), and your inner consciousness to find rest and recuperate. Overlooking Karitane Beach and the Otago Coastline on the South Island of New Zealand, just 30 minutes from Dunedin, the exclusive-use home is not just ideal for group getaways and intimate weddings, but has everything you need for bespoke wellness retreats. There’s an infrared sauna and spa pool, yoga mats and equipment, and walking trails nearby while yoga lessons, massage, horse riding, waka (maori canoe) and tours can all be arranged. Forage ingredients from the organic kitchen garden to cook nourishing meals, settle in with a book in front of the fireplace, or gather around the fire pit with the smell of the sea on the breeze. Members of the New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment, sustainable practices here range from using recycled building materials and vintage decor to small-batch artisanal, organic amenities and regenerative gardening practices.
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