Significant natural thermal springs; mud and silica waters found in geothermal areas have been used for hundreds of years by Maori for healing and wellness. Specific sites were often located in beautiful landscapes, at the junction of rivers and streams, on the shores of pristine lakes and below magnificent silica terraces.
At Wairakei Terraces, pools of varying temperatures between have been strategically positioned below the silica terraces and waterfall, taking full advantage of the geothermal water flow that is drawn to the earth’s surface from 1.5 kilometres underground.
Massage is the oldest and simplest form of natural therapy based on a system of stroking, pressing or kneading different areas of the body to relieve pain, to relax, stimulate or tone, to realign and rejuvenate, thereby promoting general well being.
We view all aspects of the body as one and believe the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual elements are all part of the ‘whole’ self. A holistic massage allows the body’s natural healing abilities to play a part in balancing the entire body, addressing underlying feelings and emotions, releasing stress and tension, clearing blockages so that the mind, body and soul are in harmony.
So begins a journey into the unique and mysterious world of the Maori people. The Marae is central to Maori culture, heritage, lifestyle, customs and ritual. In the short time visitors are with the Tangata Whenua, they are welcomed and embraced, have the chance to stand and speak on their Marae during the time of Whaikorero (formal speech), press noses in the sacred and traditional Hongi - the Maori way of greeting which reinforces the uniting of visitor and host in friendship and welcome.
Silica-enriched water flows away from the geyser into blue pools then cascades over the terraces, depositing large amounts of silica to form amazing terraces reminiscent of the original pink and white versions of Tarawera which were once touted as the true eighth wonder of the world.
These Wairakei Terraces are the crowning jewel in this mystical and are tribute to the natural terraces and geysers that once existed here at Wairakei prior to the geothermal power development.