Travel / Hot, steamy, zen

This months mood-board is inspired by a little known slice of heaven, just 2 hours drive in-land from Christchurch.  

Recently I had the pleasure of heading to Christchurch for work (and shopping - more on that later). As a thank you to my partner Matt, for being my dutiful work (and shopping) companion, I offered to shout him a night somewhere of his choice, preferably a destination in the mountains. Boy did he choose well. Based on distant memories from his Uni days we headed to Maruia Hot Springs, about half-way between the East and West coast of the South Island, on State Highway 7. 

I can see why this spot had stayed in his 'one-day-ill-make-it-back-there' memory bank. Maruia Hot Springs is true bliss.

Wether you're sweating it out in the sauna or feeling the crisp air on your ears, the view is the same... a stony river valley leading steeply upwards to mountains.


The hot pools (yes there are multi-pool pools - both indoors and out) are open 24 hours a day - as are the sauna, steam room, and self-massage rooms.


For sustenance you can self-cater, order casual from the cafe or settle-in beside the open fire for a three-course meal. 


Accomodation is newly-renovated and japandi-inspired. There is nothing unnecessary and nothing missing. 


Best of all - top of my tick list for 'switch-off' holiday destinations - there is no phone coverage!


Fill your inspiration cup with fresh mountain water, choose a book from the free library or wander the grounds in awe of natures' beauty. Seriously, I did not want to leave this place!


Bring a little Maruia zen into your home with our mood-board of the month :


The interior colour scheme of Maruia Hot Springs was so perfectly in tune with its surroundings – you can create this look with Resene Black and Black White, punctuated with Resene Celery and Surf Creek

Next, hang yourself a seat -like this natural cane beauty from Williams Road

Pull up a stool for your feet, and reading material

Keep it casual and warm with this bathrobe, slippers and mohair blanket from Adairs.

Nothing says low-key winter relax like an old-school hot-water bottle

And make sure the view is a good one with this photographic print from endemicworld

Save this mood-board for later, with pinterest

or book yourself a stay at Maruia Hot Springs here !