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Healing Focus

At the Split Apple Retreat, you will enjoy the ultimate wellness experience. Not just a spa, we will tailor-make a wellness program for you combining the talents of a culinary artist with the medical knowledge of a doctor whose primary focus over the past 15 years has been wellness and longevity. Not only will you feel totally rejuvenated and destressed, but you will be able to take home with you a number of practical ideas to enhance your life!

New Zealand’s Split Apple Retreat is unlike anything you’ve ever visited before. A quiet, luxurious hideaway built high into a cliff-face right on the ocean, a few minutes away from the South Island’s stunning Abel Tasman National Park, it offers both every indulgence as well as the additional promise of exceptionally good health.

The Retreat’s gourmet menu is individually drawn up for guests to take into account any dislikes and favorites, as well as dietary requirements, but is then designed to deliver optimal health benefits in a series of fresh, delicious, gourmet dishes. While you treat your taste buds, relax in the knowledge that as well as doing your body a favor, it’s odds on you’ll be leaving lighter than you arrive.


  • Beach
  • Nutritional Consultancy
  • Meditation


The founders of Split Apple are Lee Nelson, a retired doctor who specialises in making people look – and feel – as good as they can, through thoughtful food, expert nutrition and relaxation. His wife Pen is a highly-qualified chef who has incorporated the philosophies of ultimate health into her gourmet cooking, with a range of mouth-watering dishes that are soon to feature in a new, highly-anticipated cookbook.

There’s also every opportunity at the Retreat to relax and pamper yourself with pristine surrounds and two private paths to two close beaches, one a small secluded beach where you’ll rarely see a soul, and the other a more expansive golden stretch of sand.

Thoughtful food cooking lessons and doctor-created take-home personalized wellness programs are also available.

A stay at Split Apple Retreat is not only sublimely luxurious and rejuvenating, but it’s also a most enjoyable education in practical wellness and longevity.


Features & Benefits


Spa and health retreat with 3 guest suites and a 3 guests suite villa



  • gourmet Asian-Mediterranean fusion cuisine
  • considers food preferences & dietary requirements
  • cooking classes with chef Pen


Walking, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, sky-diving, sailing, swimming with the seals and dolphin-spotting. A helicopter can be arranged to drop you at remote spots for walking or private picnics at otherwise inaccessible beaches.


Healing & Spa

Spa Facilities

Gym, FAR infrared sauna, steam room, outdoor spa pool, infinity swimming pool & outdoor shower

Healing Therapies & Treatments

Deep tissue, reflexology, and aromatherapy massages, acupuncture, physical trainer, meditation guidance and other stress reduction therapies. Facials and body wraps are also readily available.

Tailor-made health programs available for weight reduction, improved fitness, executive de-stressing, relaxation, rejuvenation, and pampering

Healing Therapies
Dr. Elisabeth Ixmeier
Founder & CCO
A cooking class with the host, Pen, is a must.


  • Car
    Nelson Airport: 50 minutes
  • Airplane
    Helicopter from Nelson Airport: 15 minutes


Split Apple Wellness Spa Retreat

195 Tokongawa Drive
RD2 Motueka
Tasman 7197
New Zealand

+64 3 527 8377


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