Wai Ariki SpaRotorua Lakefront

Project Details

  • Project Name: Wai Ariki Spa
  • Client: Pukeroa Lakefront Land Holdings
  • Location: Rotorua Lakefront
  • Completed: Ongoing – Projected 2022
  • Project Budget: $50M
  • Project Partners: Contractor: tbc
    Architect: RCG
    Planners: Stratum
    Engineers: Opus
  • Services Provided: Project Management


The Veros brief was to provide project management services for the design and delivery of the $50m lakefront Wai Ariki Spa development. The brief was to provide a five-star quality building that attracts visitors from around the globe.


The building is to be situated on the Rotorua Lakefront in central Rotorua. The site itself presents various challenges in terms of ground conditions and geothermal conditions.

Following a ground remediation preload period in the order of 9 – 12 months, an architectural building containing various spa, sauna, and wellness services will be constructed. The resort will provide a range of activities that are bespoke to Rotorua and Wai Ariki, as well as those typically reserved for international quality resorts, resulting in what will be a new level of experience in the Rotorua region.

The Wai Ariki Spa will be infused with a cultural experience from the Ngati Whakaue people, leaving visitors with an appreciation of local culture and a deeper experience than the traditional spa process.

Pukeroa Oruawhata chairman, Malcolm Short says Ngāti Whakaue, Te Arawa and Māori culture sit at the heart of the project, with the 650-year history of the tribe and Rotorua’s spa heritage forming an essential part of the development. “Our vision for a health and wellness campus at the Rotorua lakefront includes a range of different services and offerings, including dedicated space for a clinical and rehabilitation provider.”