Escape the mundane and the boring to wind down and discover Methven’s latest wellness destination.

If you think you’ve got a pretty good vision of what a world-class thermal pools facility looks like, multiply that several times over, because our very own Ōpuke Thermal Pools and Spa is truly next level – you feel the relaxation wash over you even before you pass through the doors.  

On arrival, you walk through native plantings and on into a spacious, airy reception, where you’re greeted like an old friend. Already, there’s a vibe that says, “Come on in and enjoy!”

As I stop to take it all in, families are checking in, and out; kids enjoying the interactive/fabulous water fountain in the foyer; couples and small groups are arriving to enjoy their exclusive time in the Tranquillity Pools and Solar Tubs and the delicious smell of great food and coffee is wafting from the café.  This must be heaven.

I’m met by Marketing Coordinator, Olivia Attwood who tells me that Ōpuke Pools is dedicated to providing a world class experience, becoming the most desirable and memorable thermal pool destination in Aotearoa. Despite having opened only recently, in my humble opinion, it’s already well on the way to achieving that.

“We are incredibly blessed to have found amazing staff who completely understand the importance of delivering exceptional customer service.” 

Tucked on the edge of Methven township, with breath-taking views across the foothills of the Southern Alps, Ōpuke is an easy drive and offers three different experiences, depending on your age and stage in life, and whatever way you choose to relax.

The family-oriented Discovery Pools are ideal for kids of all ages with the Aqua Play Zone including a Crazy River and Leap of Faith plunge pool. And, if you’re a little daring, take refuge and explore the star lit caves – from the squeals of delight, it sounds like it’s a lot more fun than being let loose in a lolly shop – and way more healthy! 

Moving on to the Tranquillity Pools, I think I’ve found my haven – an oasis of interconnected, solar powered pools, including star lit caves and a cold relief tub, and best of all? This is an adults-only experience – at my age, anything that’s exclusively 18 years and over gets my tick of approval, especially if it has a swim-up bar (which it has!) and an exclusive pool side canape and beverage service! Oh, the deliciousness of it all!  

If a private escape or some dedicated couples time is what you crave, treat yourself to the privacy of the solar tubs and feel your stresses glide away as you soak and unwind surrounded by panoramic views of the majestic Southern Alps.

For a truly memorable sensory experience, Ōpuke’s beautiful Day Spa is a place to unwind and enjoy a range of uniquely tailored treatments designed for men and women. Experienced spa therapists will make recommendations from a range of facial, body, manicure and pedicure treatments.

I just have time for a coffee and a bite in the café, where local chef Oliver Luxton has designed a menu of   unique, wholesome dining experiences focusing on local and NZ produce.

Call in simply for the great food and coffee, book a Dine and Dip, or book your next corporate event or private party here – there’s no end to the options available. Bookings essential.

Ōpuke Thermal Pools and Spa is open 7 days a week, 10am – 7pm.

Previous articleUNSUNG HERO
Next articleCHRIS’S STORY
Judy McAuliffe is a writer, and publisher Essence Mid Canterbury. Her experience in media is extensive and includes approximately 15 years as Creative Director for The Radio Network, writing, and managing the writing of radio advertising, mainly in Invercargill and Greymouth. In the late 1990’s she transferred to Christchurch, moving into an Account Management role with 91ZM. In 2007 she and a business partner set up Essence Mid Canterbury, very quickly adapting her radio-writing skills to print media. Judy became sole owner of Essence Mid Canterbury in June 2014. Judy is a ‘people person’ and has found her niche writing feature stories about the community she lives in and the people who live there. She is also available for freelance writing assignments.