How to heal your mind body and soul with a summer getaway

How to heal your mind body and soul with a summer getaway

January 4, 2019 Blog 16
Heal Your Mind Body and soul with a summer getaway

Christmas and the summer holidays are a special time of year and can hold different meanings for people, depending on upbringing, religious outlook or family dynamic. For some, the summer holidays are a time to come together and celebrate, for others it’s a time of reflection on the year that’s been and anticipation and planning for what the future holds in store. Some families use this time to reunite at their traditional holiday spot, whereas others may prefer to use their vacation time to relax and get away from it all. 

No matter what your views are around the festive season, a summer getaway is the perfect time to heal your mind body and soul; allowing you to head into the New Year with your batteries recharged and a renewed sense of purpose.

Omau Settlers Lodge is the perfect location for your next getaway, whether it’s this summer or at another time of year. And to prove this claim; here’s our TOP TWELVE TIPS on how to heal your mind body and soul with a summer getaway (to Cape Foulwind, of course!)

Digital Detox to Heal Mind Body and Soul

1. Take a digital detox

An Escape to the Cape is the perfect location for a digital detox. Let your loved ones know you’re going off the grid for a while and turn off that mobile phone, leave the laptop behind and just soak up the natural untamed wilderness of the Wild West Coast. There’s plenty of activities and sights to see and do here and NONE of them require the use of a digital device to enrich your experience.

Did you know that in 2018 the average adult spent upward of 10 hours per day in front of a screen (mobile, laptop, computer, TV). Not only does this pose a huge concern about eye strain, screen time is also linked to obesity.

A digital detox is where you commit to a period without your ‘device.’

If you really want to return from your summer holiday feeling recharged and refreshed, a digital detox is a great way to do this. Perhaps going digitally AWOL is a stretch too far, in this case, why not limit your screen time to once a day for 30 minutes.

The idea can be quite stressful at first, and the first 24 hours are definitely the worst, but it’s worth persevering as in no time flat you’ll be enjoying your surroundings and new sense of freedom, without the nagging need to look at your phone every five minutes. It’s a beautiful world out there, get out and enjoy it.

clean eating for mind body and soul

2. Fuel your body with goodness

Clean healthy eating and lots of fresh clean drinking water are integral to a healthy mind body and soul.

Omau Settlers Lodge collects and filters our own beautiful clean West Coast rain water for guests, the water supplied to our cozy guest studios is not only drinkable, it tastes great, and is chlorine and chemical free. Often guests will ask us…

“Is the water safe to drink here?”

The answer is YES, our water is not only safe to drink, it’s crystal clean and pure… so enjoy.

Westport boasts an unusual benefit for those who want to eat healthy and clean… this town has NO drive through takeaway outlets! That’s right, no McDonalds, Burger King, KFC or other unhealthy temptations for those seeking a quick fix or about to fall of the healthy eating wagon! That’s not to say you can’t order a very good pizza in town (we recommend Smiley’s Pizza and also the Criterion Hotel), but at least without the temptation of a drive through, you will have given your next meal a bit more thought and made a calculated decision as to whether you’ve earned that treat.

Westport and the wider Buller region does have a range of great restaurants, cafes and eateries. There’s something for all budgets, so don’t despair, you’ll still be able to well and truly indulge and delight your taste buds during your stay in the region!

Yoga for Mind Body and soul

3. Yoga, Pamper Time and Meditation

A Wild Peace Wellness Centre is a collective facility right in the heart of Westport. It is a collaboration between Hannah from the Kawatiri Yoga Collective and Lani from Obsidian Beauty. Their focus is on holistic health & well-being. Not only does the Wellness Centre provide yoga sessions and lessons in their beautiful yoga studio, the offer a full range of beauty services, facials and waxing, as well as offering a range of Eco friendly and organic products for sale.

Meditation is another proven way to quiet your inner turmoil and to get more in touch with your mind, body and soul. Regular meditation can help you deal with stress and negative emotions. It can also help reduce levels of depression and anxiety, and improve tolerance to pain.

Find a quiet spot on an isolated beach… and yes, that’s absolutely possible even in the height of summer here at Cape Foulwind and Tauranga Bay. Breathe in the fresh air and meditate your worries away. Build your positivity and improve your outlook on life through meditation.

swim for mind body and soul

4. Swim

Sea water temperatures on the West Coast in Summer tend to range between 14-21 degrees Celsius, so a coastal swim can be both brisk and invigorating. I’ve been doing some research on the benefits of taking cold showers as there are tangible health benefits of a plunge into cold water, including:

  • increased alertness
  • refines hair and skin
  • improves immunity and circulation
  • stimulates weight loss
  • speeds up muscle soreness and recovery
  • eases stress and depression

We advise all guests to take care when choosing a swimming spot on the West Coast as there are very strong rips and currents. It is recommended that you don’t go out of your depth when swimming, and where possible swim with other swimmers or surfers.

massage for mind body and soul

5. Massage

Less than a five-minute drive from Omau Settlers Lodge, is Leeann Hill, of Healthwise Naturopathy. Leeann’s clinic is in a beautiful and peaceful setting enabling deep relaxation of both the body and mind.

Healthwise Naturopathy operates on a flexible time schedule meaning bookings are made to suit your time constraints wherever possible. Services include Massage, Naturopathy and therapeutic treatments such as Aroma Touch Massage, or Hot Stone Therapy.

Advance bookings are advised to avoid disappointment.

explore for mind body and soul

6. Walk or run… Just get outside and get in touch with nature

The great thing about the Buller region is the sheer variety of walking tracks for all fitness levels. The Kawatiri Millennium walkway, the Truman Track and Charming Creek all offer a nice flat walk for a relaxing stroll or run.

For more of a challenge, why not take on the 86km Old Ghost Road, either on foot or on mountain bike. It’s a grade 4-5 mountain bike trail, so it will test your stamina and skill. Recently we had a group of elite athletes stay at the lodge and they did a training run on the Old Ghost Road over two days. The group loved their stay at Omau Settlers Lodge and said the scenery and tracks on the OGR were fantastic.

The takeout here is that our region offers walking and cycling tracks for all levels of fitness, you couldn’t pick a better spot to get in touch with nature and focus on your health and well-being. So get outside, explore our great tracks, hug a tree or find the perfect spot to have a picnic and just soak in your beautiful surroundings.

adventure for mind body and soul

7. Get your heart pumping with a burst of adrenaline

A bit of adrenaline, human jet fuel, in short bursts can great for your health and happiness levels. When you experience an adrenaline rush, your body is activating a heightened state of physical and mental alertness.

Here’s a few adrenaline boosting activities on offer in the Buller region:

  • Caving, Cave Rafting, Rock Climbing and Canyoning with Underworld Adventures
  • Buller Canyon Jet Boat Ride at Murchison
  • Mountain Bike the Old Ghost Road – or for an added buzz, why not helicopter in.
  • Surf Lesson with West Coast Surf at Tauranga Bay
  • Fishing – there’s no feeling like hooking the ‘big one’ of a West Coast Beach or the Buller River

horse riding for mind body and soul

8. Horse Riding

I’ve been a mad keen horsewoman of many years and can vouch firsthand of the benefits of horse riding for the mind, body and soul. There’s nothing quite like horseback riding through a forest, or along a river or isolated beach with nothing but the rhythmic sound of hoof beats to lull you into a sense of relaxation and calm. Horse riding is also very good for building strength in your core muscles, so if you don’t ride regularly, you’ll probably discover a few muscles you never knew you had the day after a horse trek!

I recommend Punakaiki Horse Treks, they have quiet, safe and sound horses. Their 2.5 hour ride caters for riders of all levels and ventures up into the Punakaiki valley beside the Paparoa National Park, finishing with a stroll along the Punakaiki beach. The trek involves river crossings, passes limestone cliffs, forestry and you will see an abundance of bird life including wood pigeons, tui, weka, pukeko, oyster catchers and more. Horseback riding is a stunning way to explore our rugged countryside.

journal for mind body and soul

9. Start a journal

What better way to capture your West Coast Adventures than to start a journal. Journaling is a great way to unleash your creativity and it can also build emotional intelligence, self-discipline and a sense of well-being.

Given that our summer holidays also coincide with the start of a new year, this can be a great time to write down your goals and aspirations for the year ahead.

Personally I find keeping a diary or journal really helpful to unclutter my head, It’s no wonder too… studies have shown that there’s an emotional release from journaling which lowers anxiety, stress, and induces better sleep.

hot tub for mind body and soul

10. Soak in the Hot Tub

Relax and unwind in our outdoor hot tub after a day of exploring and adventures. The hot tub is located among native bush for privacy and is available free of charge for our guests’ use until 10pm daily.

Dark, clear skies; unique celestial features make stargazing in New Zealand a truly magical experience and on a clear night you will be treated to some of the best star gazing on offer in New Zealand.

reading for mind body and soul

11. Read a good book

There’s nothing quite like settling in to read a good book while you’re on holiday. Perhaps you’re into self-help or motivational reads (in which case I recommend The Ten Times Rule by Grant Cardone), or maybe a light-hearted romantic comedy (try Love Handles by Gretchen Galway) is more your style.

If neither of these genres appeal to you, I can highly recommend the intriguing historical fiction novels by Jenny Patrick; Denniston Rose and sequel Heart of Coal. As the titles suggest, these novels are set in the 1880s in the Denniston Coal mining community. The central characters are five-year old Rose and her mother, and these beautifully written novels provide an amazing insight into what life would have been like within the bleak coal-mining settlement of Denniston, isolated high on a plateau above New Zealand’s West Coast. Read the book, then revisit Denniston for a deeper appreciation of what the people within this community would have endured.

sleep for mind body and soul

12. Get a good night’s sleep

It is well-known that good sleep, along with nutrition and exercise is one of the pillars of health.

If you’re looking for peace, quiet and a good nights sleep – look no further. At Omau Settlers Lodge, we’ve got you covered! Enjoy the stillness of a quiet summer night, or the distant roar of the sea after a storm – either way, you’ll be lulled into peaceful slumber and wake refreshed to start the day and pursue your next adventure at Cape Foulwind.

But don’t take our word, here’s recent feedback from our guests…

  • “Best nights sleep ever… Comfortable rooms, reasonable rates, beautiful location, friendly staff.”
  • “The Lodge is about 11 kms from Westport, but the location is fabulous. Very quiet and the breakfast was included. The room was wonderful and our bed very comfortable, we would highly recommend and a huge thank you to our wonderful hosts Lee and Karen. If we had the chance again we would definitely stay there again.”
  • “…Our room was tastefully appointed with a large comfortable bed and the best shower we have come across in weeks.” 
  • “The best greeting and exchange with the owner when I arrived. Very lighthearted and friendly. I felt like I was staying with awesome family. The room was lovely. Very comfortable and clean. I had a wonderful sleep.”

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For our best rates and seasonal special offers, please contact us directly, or book via this website.

We look forward to hosting your next Escape to the Cape, at Omau Settlers Lodge, Cape Foulwind, West Coast, New Zealand. Until then, we wish you all the very best for 2019 and a Happy New Year!

Warmest regards, Karen & Lee


16 Responses

  1. R.J. says:

    Hey Karen & Lee, your article really spoke to me. I’m currently working a dead end job 50+ hours a week and everyday I think about how much my vacation will mean once I get that time so I can escape to the cape or somewhere faraway. Your article was an excellent read especially about meditation and getting a good night sleep. How often do you get away or are able to? Also, what is the weather like in the location in your article? I’ve been dying to travel overseas and this article has reawakened that desire. Thank you for that. Keep up the good work!

    • Karen&Lee says:

      Hi RJ, Thanks so much for taking the time to read this article. I’m glad you enjoyed it and it has reawakened your thirst for adventure. We don’t get away much in summer as this is our busy time, but fortunately we love life here at Omau Settlers Lodge, we get to meet some amazing and interesting people from all walks of life, so every day is different! Weather wise, the West Coast does get it’s fair share of rain, but that is a positive as it’s always so lush and green here, which is part of the appeal of the Coast. As I write this, the sky is blue, the sun is shining and there’s not a cloud in the sky. I am grateful everyday for being fortunate enough to live in such a beautiful part of the world!  Best wishes, and happy 2019, Warm regards, Karen

  2. Darren says:

    The Omau Settlers Lodge sounds an absolute dream and a holiday destination I would live to visit.

    The thought of a swim in the ocean followed by some meditation with he sound of the waves is something I would love to do.

    Going of grid without anything digital would be an ideal thing to do and experience the things around me.

    Also a good book and a hot tub sound very appealing after a nice walk along one of the trails. That would be a perfect day for me. 

    • Karen&Lee says:

      Hi Darren, when you are ready to plan your adventure to New Zealand, please get in touch, we’d love to share our little piece of paradise with you. Best wishes, Karen & Lee

  3. Jamiro Hazel says:

    We are currently living in a fast moving world, where everybody is always busy. People spend more time at work in this day and age. With all this hard work, people should be able to take a vacation, to relax and escape a little bit. I don’t remember the last time I took an actual vacation, but an escape to Cape Foulwind sounds perfect… Thanks for sharing.

    • Karen&Lee says:

      Hi Jamiro, I totally agree with you, our lifestyles these days can be completely hectic, but that’s why it’s so important to get away from it all now and then to recharge our batteries. Feel free to get in touch when you are ready to plan your trip, we are happy to help you work out travel times and activities you can do while you are on the West Coast. Best wishes and happy new Year, regards, Karen

  4. Lok Which says:

    This article was really meant for me because I’ve been planning on having vacation with my family. This post has really inform me and educate me on how to go about it Thanks for sharing this information because it will help me enjoy my vacation and helps in getting a good health as well.

  5. Paul says:

    You had me at “turn off that mobile phone, leave the laptop behind”…  but seriously I found this site researching possible sites for a yoga retreat for our clients (we run a pilates and yoga studio in Australia).  Your headings alone write our brochure highlights on their own.  We have added this to the list of possible destinations with it landing very close to the top.

    Do you cater for larger group bookings?


    • Karen&Lee says:

      Hi Paul, yes we cater for group bookings, in fact we have a tour of 16 guests arriving today 🙂 Our lodge can sleep 17 people comfortably (double or twin share), but if we have requests for larger numbers, we are happy to coordinate with local accommodation providers to arrange overflow accommodation. This works well, and all members of the group can get together in the morning to eat breakfast in our dining room. For more information, please email me directly and I will answer your questions in detail. Thank you for your interest. Best wishes, Karen

  6. Tsquare says:

    Thanks for bringing this beautiful place to our notice. Although Christmas has come and gone but we are still in the summer holiday till end of January or so. Omau will be nice place to visit. Although have not tried it before but I love to go to a place where I can be recharged and refreshed. A place totally free from western pollution. A place where you can pray and recommit yourself unto God. A place where one can do without sell phone and social media. 

    I just hope Omau settler lodge is not expensive to afford. 

    • Karen&Lee says:

      Hi, thanks so much for checking out our lodge as a potential holiday spot. We believe we offer very affordable accommodation and we are well located for our guests to explore the Northern West Coast Region. If you book direct with us via this website (rather than through an online travel site) you will always be getting our best possible rate. We hope to see you here in the not too distant future. Best wishes, Karen & Lee

  7. Dale says:

    I love the term digital detox.  With work I am in front of a computer screen for 7.5 hours a day and for my business another 4 hours minimum a day and about 16 hours on the weekend.  As much as I love doing what Im doing I do think a break would be great.  I loved reading the article and especially some of the things I can do that aren’t digital like reading a book.Thank you for taking the time to write such a great article.  I loved it.Dale

    • Karen&Lee says:

      Hi Dale, I know exactly what you mean. It’s so easy to get stuck in front in the computer screen and there’s so much more out in the world that’s far more exciting! If you ever decide to take the plunge with your digital detox, I hope you consider an ‘Escape to the Cape.’ Best wishes for 2019, Karen

  8. Vwegba says:

    Hi Karen and Lee. Thanks for taking your time to share these amazing tips on how I can heal my mind, body and soul with a summer getaway. Personally, I don’t joke with #2. I fuel my body with goodness all the time.

    I do stay on screen Long hours all day. I’m pretty confused with your statement, “…screen time is also linked to obesity.” Would you please help me out of confusion?

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