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#272960 27-Jul-2020 15:58
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These (particularly the hot tub) are big ticket items with low resale value so I am looking for experience and opinions.  I am hoping to enhance my physical and mental wellbeing with one of these.  Seems like a better long term investment than a holiday.

 

 

 

I am looking at the small infrared saunas and this model hot tub:

 

https://alpinespas.co.nz/shop/fuji/

 

 

 

Conditions that I am hoping that these purchases would help with is stress and joint pain.


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  #2529660 27-Jul-2020 16:05
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I have the Nordic https://alpinespas.co.nz/shop/nordic/ and love it. I exercise a lot so its great for soothing sore body parts. I also like to just chill out with all the vents off so it's silent, close my eyes and treat it like meditation for relieving stress.





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  #2529661 27-Jul-2020 16:06
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Don’t believe the “dollar a day” running cost for a hot tub/spa. More like 2-3 dollars a day plus treatment. Nice for aching body after a physical day though.





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  #2529669 27-Jul-2020 16:20
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We had one (an old model for sure).. cost $90 a month in power to run... Needless to say we don't use it as wasn't worth that level of spend ($1080 per year)...





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  #2529675 27-Jul-2020 16:25
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I have no idea what mine costs but I can't say I noticed a huge hit in our power costs. We did install double glazing at the same time we got it though so that may have helped to offset it.

 

In terms of treatment, I do mine about 3 times a year with Spa Magic (https://spastore.co.nz/spa-pool-chemicals/chlorine-free-spa-magic-500ml/) which is the greatest invention for spas ever IMO. So much better than having to worry about PH and balancing plus no horrible chlorine smell.





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  #2529677 27-Jul-2020 16:28
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There was a bit of discussion on this thread recently too:

 

https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=141&topicid=197993

 

 




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  #2529782 27-Jul-2020 19:56
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Thanks guys.  @geekiegeek might be interested in this.

 

 

 

Inspired by Joe Rogan I have booked myself a session at the the local sensory isolation tank place for Friday afternoon.

 

https://www.cloud9floatclub.co.nz/

 

 

 

By friday evening I will either be telling everyone it's the best thing ever or regretting my wasted $90.

 

 

 

@geekiegeek - how many days per week do you use yours?

 

 


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  #2529831 27-Jul-2020 21:20
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Assume you are talking about a Spa pool rather than a hot tub.

(The usage of terms varies a bit, but hot tub tends to mean a big outdoor bath that is emptied after each use, and is often heated by a burner: http://kiwitub.co.nz/home.htm)

 

There seems to be a constant supply of smaller spa's for sale on the second hand sites, often for below $1000, Typically buyer must collect.

If you have access to a trailer, and are friends with a few strong people, it could be a fairly reasonable cost to try out spa ownership.

Pay $1000 for a spa, pay $300 odd for a sparky to install an outdoor power socket (On a 20A supply incase you want a more power hungry spa next), and a plug on the spa if it doesn't already have one.

Run it for a year, to decide if it it is for you. Early next winter decide if you want to keep it, upgrade, or sell it...


 
 
 
 


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  #2529896 28-Jul-2020 08:27
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I would recommend https://www.gosauna.co.nz/ finnish/russian sauna. Nothing can beat either dry/steam heat in terms of relaxation. Add some essential oils and you're in heaven. 

 

you can hire to try our if in AKL, but they build to order. I've got 2 friends purchased different modification from 6k to 12k. No consent needed. Running cost is from 0 if you use wood burner.

 

Take about 20-40 mins to heat up and last for 1-2 hrs.





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  #2529898 28-Jul-2020 08:29
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landcruiserguy:

 

 

 

@geekiegeek - how many days per week do you use yours?

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-3 times a week usually. Its on my deck surround by bush with lots of native birds so its pretty awesome at dusk when the birds get going.





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  #2529908 28-Jul-2020 09:07
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geekiegeek:

 

landcruiserguy:

 

 

 

@geekiegeek - how many days per week do you use yours?

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-3 times a week usually. Its on my deck surround by bush with lots of native birds so its pretty awesome at dusk when the birds get going.

 

 

The deck is OK with the weight of the pool and all that water? 





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  #2529910 28-Jul-2020 09:07
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We just (1 month ago) grabbed one from Alpine Spa's (hit me up if you want a referral bonus); its amazing (still probably in the honey moon period tbh). I had my doubts initially, but since we have had it installed we have used it between 2-4 times a day. Its a wonderful way to melt the pains and thoughts of the day away. We spent marginally more than we had thought to get one with more advanced filtration and better insulation. 

 

Ours too is on a deck among the trees and can echo that, at dusk/dawn its an amazing experience to listen to the forest waking. We had the builders come in and pull up some of the decking to install some more supports (minimal cost for piece of mind)


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  #2529923 28-Jul-2020 09:27
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"The deck is OK with the weight of the pool and all that water?" 

 

 

 

We had the deck built with the spa in mind, it's about 3 meters off the ground and has additional posts under the spa area. The whole underneath is bush so doesn't matter what it looks like.





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  #2529924 28-Jul-2020 09:29
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E3xtc:

 

We just (1 month ago) grabbed one from Alpine Spa's (hit me up if you want a referral bonus); its amazing (still probably in the honey moon period tbh). I had my doubts initially, but since we have had it installed we have used it between 2-4 times a day. Its a wonderful way to melt the pains and thoughts of the day away. We spent marginally more than we had thought to get one with more advanced filtration and better insulation. 

 

Ours too is on a deck among the trees and can echo that, at dusk/dawn its an amazing experience to listen to the forest waking. We had the builders come in and pull up some of the decking to install some more supports (minimal cost for piece of mind)

 

 

Also, check out Spa Magic if you are using chemicals currently.





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  #2529995 28-Jul-2020 10:58
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We had a large Hot Springs tub that cost about $15,000 in 2007.

 

 

 

It was a drawcard in our B&B business. When we wound that up, we sold the tub for about 50% of what we paid for it. Generally it was reliable but we did have a problem with massage jets failing and the main circuit board blew once but they fixed that under warranty.

 

 

 

We decided if we ever replace it, we will install one of those things that allows you to swim in a stationary current.






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  #2530095 28-Jul-2020 14:07
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Geektastic:

 

We decided if we ever replace it, we will install one of those things that allows you to swim in a stationary current.

 

 

Friends of ours have a swim spa. They LOVE it. 





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