Helena Bay Lodge
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
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.
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
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.
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.
When to go
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.