Aucklanders are getting an opportunity to go back to basics with a $200 spa upgrade in a bid to help boost tourism.
“We are looking at putting the whole thing together, including the spa itself,” said Auckland City Council spokeswoman Jessica Macdonald.
The $200,000 project would see the New Zealand Department of Health and Social Services upgrade the old Rose Garden Spa at the Auckland City Airport to an organic beauty spa.
Ms Macdonald said the upgrade would help improve the overall health and wellbeing of the residents of the spa, which is located at the edge of the Auckland CBD.
She said the project was not about replacing the spa with a spa.
Instead, it would provide a new environment for residents and visitors to relax, refresh themselves and get some extra exercise.
While the spa would remain the same, it wouldn’t have to operate in the same way, as it would be owned and managed by a third party.
“We can have a spa, we can have massage, we will have the whole range of services and amenities that people want to come and see, which will be in their own space,” she said.
In 2017, the spa cost $2.6 million to build, and is currently the only spa in New Zealand.
This year, the project will cost $600,000, and will see the Spa Zone come online.
Mr Macdonald would not comment on how much of the cost would go to the city, but said the upgrades would help bring the area into the 21st century.
“The upgrades that we are looking into are about bringing the Spa Area back to its original beauty and wellness and providing it with the modern amenities that it was meant to be,” she added.
There have been complaints that the Rose Garden is not the best spot to do business.
Aucklanders were warned that the spa is not suitable for the busy holiday season, as the air conditioning does not work.
However, the Department of Transport said the Rose Gardens air conditioning works well and there was no congestion in the area during the holiday season.
For more information, visit the Rose gardens website.