Helena Bay Lodge
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
At a Glance
Enjoy the unspoiled nature and abundance of wildlife in the bay including dolphins and whales.
Close to Auckland, Helena Bay can be easily incorporated into a wider itinerary
The lodge owns three private beaches, perfect for guests wanting privacy during their stay
Cleverly designed, the concept of Helena Bay Lodge is all in the details
Enjoy stargazing with after dinner drinks by the outdoor fire pit
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The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration.
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Sitting along 3km of untouched coastline, Helena Bay Lodge is New Zealand's newest luxury lodge. Offering privacy, peace and pristine seaside views, guests can relax at the spa, dine on gourmet cuisine and end a day's activities cosying up by the fire.
Having recently opened, Helena Bay is located in an area of unspoiled natural beauty. Catering to just ten guests, what has been designed by architect Greg Jones is a timeless classic in keeping with its location along this wild coastline.
Modern materials were used in the building of the property, but its retains a mix of Maorian and European flair. Fragments of ancient coral and sediment have been carefully sourced and captured within the stone, showcasing the amount of detail which has gone into its creation.
Along with its masterful design, the staff at Helena Bay Lodge also take care with every detail and are always on hand to look after guests. From the outdoor fire pit which is perfect for a night cap under the stars to the terrace perfect for a sunset dinner, different dining options can be arranged to suit you.
During the day enjoy the swimming pool, walks along the breathtaking rugged coastline, the state of the art gym and spa complete with a Turkish hammam and plunge pool. Marvel at the prolific wildlife which New Zealand is so famous for - whales, dolphins and numerous species of birds. This remote and wild location makes Helena Bay Lodge a slice of heaven.
All named after species of birds found in New Zealand, each villa suite has an extensive balcony overlooking the bay and the South Pacific beyond.
There are a total of three Junior Suites at Helena Bay all measuring 65sqm. Enjoy Molton Brown products, hand-made linens from Europe and super king beds.
There are two villa suites, Kiwi and Kotare, both measuring 135sqm. Comfortable in size, with super king beds and a real log burning fire, enjoy the views from the waterfront balconies. Like the junior suites all villas feature Molton Brown products and hand-made linens from Europe.
Guest facilities at Helena Bay Lodge are generous and include a gym, sauna, massage room, a 25 meter heated swimming pool, library, lounge areas, both informal and formal dining areas and an outdoor fire pit.
Each night the choice of dining venue is yours; an elegant candlelit dinner in front of one of the many roaring log fires or a sunset dinner on the terrace. During the day, lighter poolside lunches or a picnic on one of the three private beaches can be arranged. Whatever your mood, the lodge's chefs are on hand.
Enjoy a day lazing by the pool, combing the rock pools and looking out for whales, dolphins and an abundance of bird species. There is also an Astroturf tennis court, mountain bikes and hiking trails for those wanting to keep active. Visit the lodge's farm, home to alpacas, donkeys and wagyu cattle. Out in the bay try paddle boarding, fishing and sea kayaking, returning to the lodge and the spa. Its design is based on a traditional Russian bathhouse and fitted with a modern gym, massage room, sauna, steam room and plunge pool.
Jules Maury (Staff)
Helena Bay like so many of the lodges in New Zealand was built by its owner as a magnificent vacation home. Then wanting to share it with his family and friends he has opened it to lucky people like us. Two villa suites, three Junior Suites and two suites in the main building make this a special place for a family buy out. Or a honeymoon couple wanting seclusion and peace in the Bay of Islands. The pool vibe is a cross between the South of France and St Barthes, the art collection from the commissioned Miros down is both eclectic and captivating, creating a unique property overlooking a fantastic bay. The service is incredible which is partly down to the General Manager Niall and a lot to do with their enthusiasm and dedication to please. They three star Michelin chef Don Alfonso has trained his team well - the food at both dinner and breakfast was splendiferous..... The farm tour we did in wonderful four by fours you can take yourself - very Bond again - took in magnificent views, their farm to table ingredients including a wonderful Potager and last but not least a visit to the cuddly and irresistible Alpacas. They come rushing up for a snack along with their donkeys and you just want to cuddle them they are so happy in their home. Finishing off with a wonderful picnic lunch they prepared for us on the beach you realize the options to enjoy time here are endless. There is nothing they cannot do or no fun 'toy' they do not have - even the paddle boards are prepared with a GPS system in a wet bag in case you get lost or tired. Gentle seas, more than a choice of beaches and acres of land to explore and hike make this a perfect place to end or begin your vacation in New Zealand for a few days.
Cruise the Hole in the Rock - Shared
Explore the famous Hole in the Rock on a sightseeing cruise of the Bay of Islands, departing at 12.30pm.
Dolphin Discovery in the Bay of Islands - Shared
A chance to encounter native dolphins up close in the warm waters of Northland’s Bay of Islands. Admire these playful creatures as you join them in the water, a truly once in a lifetime experience.
Sailing on Cool Change - Private Evening Sailing Charter
The Bay of Islands is famous for its coastal environment and the best way to see it is during the evening with on a private charter. Explore the magical coast aboard a luxury catamaran, with a professional and knowledgeable crew.
Sailing on Cool Change - Private Day Sailing Charter
Cool Change is a stunning 54 ft sailing catamaran, offering you a totally unique way to experience New Zealand's world famous Bay of Islands. Your private charter will explore the beautiful bays and islands, with a delicious lunch onboard.
Location & directions
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Helena Bay Lodge can be found on the northeast of the North Island of New Zealand, just 40km north of Whangerei.
How to get there
22-hour 55-minute flight to Auckland Airport. There are daily flights onto Whangarei Airport, just 40-minutes by car to Helena Bay Lodge. Alternatively, a helicopter can be arranged with the lodge flying from Auckland into Helena Bay in under 45-minutes.