Ahu Aromas is local business, started by locals Katie, a qualified aromatherapist and Gaylene, who has a deep understanding of natural oils. Ahu means to ‘tend, foster, nurture, treat’ which embodies Katie’s and Gaylene’s philosophy of ‘nurturing your soul’. When you enter their space in the Waihi Beach village you immediately feel a sense of calm and escape. “While I was living in Rarotonga, Gaylene spent time with me there,” Katie tells us, “We just loved the exotic escape of the islands, and the benefits of the natural ingredients there, and we wanted to create that kind of feeling and oasis at Waihi Beach.”

Their wide range of treatments include body scrubs, therapeutic baths, aromatherapy and hot stone treatments.

They also offer the unique experience of a float pod. This is the closest experience to floating at zero-gravity. It is proven to have significant, lasting positive impacts on both body and mind. To complement these treatments, Ahu Aromas also sells its specially developed range of skincare, body products and aromatherapy products, all packaged with locally sourced, renewable materials. The Ahu Aromas store is situated in front of the Secret Garden Balinese-inspired café. They will work closely with the new operators to enhance this special space and bring added vibrancy to Waihi Beach village.