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Spa culture has developed slowly and against the grain of New Zealand's Calvinist roots and view that spas are an extravagance. But over the last few years a number of spas have firmly established themselves, with organic products and a strong Eastern influence. The range of spas, some in hotels, provide everything from steam treatment to pore cleanse to deep laser therapy and heated, smooth basalt pebbles and scented oils.
East Day Spa. Two branches provide a sophisticated, pampering environment. Spa treatments blend Eastern, particularly Indian, culture with a more Western approach to beauty.
Body Treatments: Massage (shiatsu, Swedish, and Balinese), total body exfoliation, manicure, pedicure.
Beauty Treatments: Eyebrow threading, facials, hair removal, waxing.
Prices: Leg waxes from NZ$38, manicures from NZ$60, massages from NZ$70.
Packages: Packages include a massage and pedicure from NZ$150 or a massage and organic facial for NZ$250. Ground level, 123 Albert St., City Center, Auckland, 1010. 09/363–7050. www.eastdayspa.com. Weekdays 9–9, weekends 9–8.
Tamara Spa. This sophisticated spa with Indian, Ayurvedic, and holistic treatments is designed for men and women and treats couples together. Indian rejuvenation therapies include aromatherapy massages and facial treatments that use pure ingredients, from honey to oatmeal, to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize, and restore elasticity. The Chandana is a soothing treatment with sandalwood paste to leave the skin refreshed.Body Treatments: Massage (Eastern, Swedish, herbal, and couples), body scrubs and wraps. Beauty Treatments: Facials, skin polishing, waxing. Basic massage from NZ$110. Packages begin at NZ$200 for a massage and facial and go to NZ$390 for the five-hour Tamara Indulgence, which includes an Ayurvedic facial, scalp massage, body exfoliation, and eye treatment. 86 Symonds St., Auckland, 1010. 09/377–5955. www.tamaraspa.co.nz. Tues.–Sun. 9:30–6.
Beauty on Ponsonby. This day spa and salon, known as BOP, is loved by the trendy set who live in the comfortable suburbs of Ponsonby and Grey Lynn. It offers a wide range of therapies, including full-body massages, some using heated stones, as well as nail care and facials, many of which are tailor-made after a skin-type assessment.
Body Treatments: Hot-stone massage, aromatherapy, pedicures including lower-leg massage, toning skin treatment.
Beauty Treatments: Facials, skin peels.
Prices: Facials NZ$60 for a half hour.
Packages: Treatments taking more than three hours (like The Alchemist, which combines massage, aromatherapy, pedicure, and nail treatments) start at NZ$380. There are also packages for men. 334 Ponsonby Rd., Ponsonby, Auckland, 1011. 09/376–9969. www.beautyonponsonby.co.nz. Tues. and Thurs. 10–8, Wed. and Fri. 9–6, Sat. 9–4.
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