An upmarket Balinese-style spa and wellness resort with a pool complex, a health club and 30 luxury villas is being planned for Omaha Flats on land just north of Matakana Country Park.
NoMA Luxury Villas and Spa Estate is being built by Auckland-based property development firm Matakana Tourism Group, with construction due to start by the end of the year and completion slated for early 2024.
Options to buy the $1.5million 104 square metre two-bed villas have already been snapped up, and a professional resort operator is being sought to run the accommodation and spa complex.
Owners of the two-storey furnished villas will get the right to stay at the resort for up to 180 days a year, with the units available as accommodation for paying guests at all other times.
There will also be a yoga studio, health club and gym with its own swimming pool, private massage suites, a communal swimming and spa pool complex, as well as outdoor communal entertaining and barbecue facilities.
The resort’s landscaping and layout has been planned to “deliver a Balinese-styled sense of peace and serenity”, with lush tropical plants and boardwalks throughout the property.
Matakana Tourism Group director Greg Robbins said NoMA would be an exciting project for the area, and stressed that the facilities would not just be for those staying in the villas.
“The spa complex will be open, it will be a public facility,” he said. “We’re currently in the process of looking for an international operator to run everything.”
He added that NoMA’s name came from its position – North of Matakana – and its ethos would be very much environmentally focused. As an example, the land has its own water bore and will have its own on-site water purification and wastewater treatment plants.
Bayleys Real Estate broker John Greenwood, who was responsible for selling the 30 furnished villas, said NoMA would be one of the biggest commercial accommodation providers in the region and would provide a fantastic addition to the tourism, spa and retreat industry.
“There is a huge gap for this style of operation in the greater Auckland area – an opportunity which Matakana Tourism Group clearly identified, and is now pursuing,” he said.
Greenwood added that NoMA would be well placed to benefit from the attractions, amenities and major music events at the neighbouring Matakana Country Park.
The resort site, which is situated between Omaha Flats and Leigh Roads, was formerly part of the country park complex and has long been consented for visitor accommodation. It was bought by Matakana Tourism Group around the time that the entire 10-lot country park site was sold by John Baker in 2017. Greg Robbins said detailed consent applications were currently being processed by Auckland Council.
“This will bring a lot of work and much-needed accommodation to the area,” he said.