- Type: Boutique Hotel
- Summary: An intimate lodge amid wild coastline
- Feature: Complimentary kayak and ranger hire to explore the region
- Rooms: Five suites
- Star rating: Member of 'Relais & Châteaux'
- Nearest airport: Whangarei Airport
Location and transfer
Approximately a 50 minute drive from Whangarei Airport by private car transfer; alternatively a 45 minute helicopter flight on the lodge's private helicopter from Auckland International Airport.
Named after New Zealand’s native birds, each of the five lavish suites offer a tranquil and secluded escape. With expansive balconies overlooking Helena Bay Beach and the ocean beyond, the spectacular views can be enjoyed with the binoculars provided- ideal to view the birdlife, whales and pods of dolphins across the bay. Handmade linens sourced from Europe are laid over the sumptuous super king beds, whilst mosaic tiled bathrooms feature Molton Brown amenities and Swiss guest robes. The TV’s provide a complimentary movie channel and Netflix, whilst the mini bar facilities include a Nespresso machine.
- Size: 75m²
- Room View: Ocean
- Facilities: Named Tui, Kea and Hihi, these luxurious suites are elegantly appointed with spectacular views from the private terraces.
- Size: 135m²
- Room View: Ocean
- Facilities: Named Kiwi and Kotare, these magnificent suites include a spacious separate living room with a log burning fireplace.
The estate offers an abundance of activities to delve into the natural delights of Northland to ensure an unforgettable experience. Polaris 4WD Rangers are available to visit some of the private beaches and explore the 800 acres of New Zealand bush, with many tracks excellent for mountain biking. Kayaks and paddleboards also provide the opportunity to explore Helena Bay from its fascinating coastline. Guided tours of the onsite farm include feeding the goats and donkeys, whilst learning about the property’s sustainability amid breath taking views. Bespoke helicopter tours are available on request to showcase New Zealand’s scenery and explore the highlights of Northland, including Cape Reinga, Paihia and a unique view of the iconic ‘Hole in the Rock’- Motu Kokako. Helena Bay’s luxury vessel is perfect for exploring the coastline and enjoying the fishing opportunities, as well as whale and dolphin encounters.
Dining & Gourmet
Helena Bay’s Head Chef Michele Martino hails from Michelin starred ‘Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890’, in southern Italy, bringing an exquisite fine dining experience to New Zealand’s Northland. Offering an ‘estate to plate’ philosophy, the daily menus celebrate the organic ingredients of Helena Bay: the fruit, vegetables and herbs are homegrown, whilst the meat is sourced from the on-site farm, creating fresh gourmet dishes. The outstanding wine cellar houses over 2000 bottles of carefully selected New Zealand wine, which served by the Wine Manager, are the perfect companions to this fine dining experience. A choice of venue creates unique culinary events- guests can choose from glass fronted dining areas with stunning views, the beautiful terrace, candlelit meals by log fires or picnic on the private beaches.
Constructed to reflect the character of a traditional Russian bathhouse, the spa at Helena Bay Lodge is exquisite: decorated with over a million mosaic tiles imported from Italy for an indulgent, relaxing setting. Personalised massage treatments are designed to achieve optimal results for each guest, using a combination of a range of therapies. Formed purely from European medicinal plants, the spa uses a carefully selected range of PHARMOS NATUR products, for the ultimate relaxation and luxury. The fantastic spa also features a dry sauna, steam room, plunge pool and relaxation room- all available for guest use. A gym and 25 meter, outdoor heated pool complete the sublime spa experience at Helena Bay Lodge.