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New Age, New You in New Zealand

Tarot Cards, Christchurch Astrology Lessons, Auckland Gong Concert, Takaka

Ommmm… is your aura fuzzy and do you wonder about the future? Beyond the world as we know it, there are mystical powers of tarot reading, astrology and psychic strength. So shake your chakra into shape with some new age New Zealand holidays…

Lions, fish, and scorpions unite! Learn all about the signs of the zodiac with an Astrology on Sunday workshop at the Astrology School in Auckland. At the beginner’s level, you’ll learn about planet aspects and how they affect each other, and your world. Look over your birth chart and compare notes with fellow students — you never know what might be revealed! Get close to the stars at the Heritage Auckland, which is connected by walkway to the Sky Tower, itself 328 metres high.

Have you ever felt a chill, or had a sideways glance of someone from the Other Side? Find out if there are spirits beyond this world with Sue Nicholson in New Plymouth on 11 September. Sue is known from her psychic abilities on TV’s Sensing Murder, and will show you how to get in touch with loved ones who have passed away – bring a photo or a piece of the deceased’s jewellery to help you connect. After a special reunion of spiritual connection, relax at the Quality Hotel Plymouth, which is nearby the beach and Pukekura Park Gardens. Take a tranquil stroll in the park and spoil your tastebuds at the award-winning Orangery restaurant, which specialises in flambe meals cooked at your table.

What’s more calming — heavy metal death thrash music, or classical guitar and violin? Music affects our mood and has done for centuries, from lullabies to stirring national anthems, sound can move us in body, mind and spirit. Attend a Full Moon Gong Concert on 5 September in Takaka near Nelson, where instruments such as drums, singing bowls and didgeridoos are used to put you into a state of meditation. With your body echoing with good vibes, you’ll need a hotel that provides a home-away-from-home, such as the Monaco Hotel and Resort, which has individual cottages for calming privacy, ready for the next day’s adventures around the nearby Kahurangi National Park.

Have a burning question about your future? Try a tarot card reading in Christchurch at the Quiet Mind Body Shop. The reader will use techniques refined since the 15th century to deal cards that tell your story. After a viewing of the cards, take a look around the rest of the store, have a massage or do a yoga class to put your body at ease too. Keeping to the calm of the old world, stay at the Heritage Christchurch, restored to its 1800s glory with original stained glass windows and gorgeous sweeping grand staircase. Drop the suitcase in your room then waft along to the sauna and sweat out any toxins.

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