Helena Bay Lodge

Helena Bay, New Zealand
Neighborhood: Private and tranquil

Virtuoso Amenities

For 2021:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Buffet or A La Carte Breakfast daily
  • A complimentary lunch for up to two people, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities once during stay
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
PROPERTY SIZE: 5 rooms
ROOM STYLE: Eclectic
VIBE: Zen
Beach Seclusion Wellness

Helena Bay Lodge

Neighborhood: Private and tranquil
Address:
1948 Russell Road
RD4 Hikurangi
Helena Bay, 0184
New Zealand
Nearest Airport:
Whangarei Airport (WRE)
23 mi / 37 km

Hotel Features

At the Hotel

Features

  • Internet Access
  • Lounge/Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Villas


Recreation
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Tennis Courts
  • Water Sports

About Us

Named in the Conde Nast Traveler Hot List for 2017, Helena Bay Lodge lies in the northeast corner of New Zealand’s North Island. The property features three kilometres of pristine coastline, four private beaches and many intimate coves.

Destination - The Poor Knights Islands, which have been shortlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage site, lie 20 kilometres off the coast. These islands feature the world’s largest sea cave and are populated by orca, dolphins and hundreds of fish species.

New Zealand’s temperate climate has four seasons, and in the Far North there is a distinctly subtropical flavour.

Helena Bay's History - This region has a long history of both Maori and European habitation; there are literally thousands of archaeological sites in Northland. The coastline boasts many prominent Pa sites (former Maori fortifications).

There are five Pa sites on Helena Bay Estate. An archaeologist’s estimate suggests that up to 250 people may have called this land their home. With the direct access to the ocean providing an abundant food source and the terrain affording excellent defense, this is not surprising.

The Main House - The inspiration for the architecture of the Lodge came from a desire to achieve timeless legitimacy in the region. For this reason styling ideas were taken from the early European buildings such as The Treaty House in Waitangi, Pompallier Mission House in Russell, Te Waimate Mission House in Kaikohe and the Stone Store in Kerikeri. Modern materials were used, but the appearance is of a building that could have been built a century ago. The base of the building is clad in Northland sedimentary schist, sourced from a nearby quarry, that formed part of the ocean floor 30 million years ago. Construction of the Lodge began in 2010 and was completed in 2016.

Accommodation - Helena Bay hosts a maximum of five individual couples accommodated in five Villa Suites, which are named after New Zealand native birds. All the Villa Suites have extensive balconies with views overlooking Helena Bay beach and beyond to the South Pacific Ocean.

Dining - Helena Bay has brought the celebrated Michelin starred Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890 of Southern Italy to New Zealand. Under the direction and the influence of Don Alfonso’s philosophy of respecting the local food culture while incorporating the age-old traditions of the Sorrento peninsula and the Amalfi Coast, fine dining will define the hospitality experience at Helena Bay.

Experiences - For those who wish to relax, lounging around the pool interspersed with fossicking in the seawater rock pools adjacent to the Lodge is a great way to while-away a pleasant day. A newly-laid Astroturf tennis court is adjacent to the Lodge. Trails for hiking and biking have been cut through the bush and down to the private beaches on the property. The Lodge has the latest Trek mountain bikes (two with electric motors). When exploring the farm you will meet the alpacas, donkeys and Wagyu cattle (all behind fences!).

Best of the Best

Helena Bay Lodge puts a luxe spin on the laid-back North Island experience. With over two miles of pristine coastline and four private beaches, guests in the five suites find plenty of places for intimacy and reflection; extensive balconies make the perfect perch for bird- and whale-watching. Gather in the communal main house to dine on estate-to-plate cuisine from Michelin-starred Don Alfonso 1890, complemented by a selection from a 2,000-plus-bottle wine cellar. Peruse the library, relax with a massage, or roast gourmet s’mores over the fire pit; diving, fishing, hiking, and sea kayaking are just a few ways to play.

Advisor Tip

Grab a packed picnic and head to one of five private beaches – complete with towels, chairs, and changing hut. –Herb Kramer Rochester, New York

Health & Safety

We want to ensure a safe experience for our guests and have implemented practices that comply with the Safe Travel Guidelines set out by the World Travel and Tourism Council. These practices also align with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the New Zealand Government, and Hospitality New Zealand guidelines.

Prior to Covid-19, Helena Bay Lodge already implemented processes focused on enhanced sanitation, disinfection and deep cleaning practices and we have since increased cleaning and disinfection frequency throughout the Lodge. Each guest experience will be even more personalised as we endeavour to ensure all guests needs are met, whilst still practicing physical distancing where reasonable. We want to ensure that our guests feel safe in the knowledge that the utmost has been done to make sure they are protected.

Sustainability

Helena Bay Lodge is operated with sustainability as a core principle guiding us.

We have an extensive trapping program to eliminate predators and protect our native flora and fauna. The efficacy of this is exhibited by the volume of the dawn chorus and calls of kiwi during the night. The lodge’s wealth of bird life is so aligned with our identity that our rooms and suites are named for many of the species that can be spotted here; Kererū, Takahē, Kōtare, Tūī

Over 200 hectares of forest on the property ceaselessly scrub CO2 from the atmosphere at a vast rate, providing carbon credits to offset the impact of guests travelling from the farthest parts of the world to stay with us.

Estate-to-plate cuisine is an excellent example of sustainability as a positive force not just for the planet but also guaranteeing the source and highest possible quality of food served to our guests. Much of what our chefs require is provided by the land on the property, minimising the impact of transporting food over the distance inherent in the lodge’s tranquil isolation. Our fruit, vegetables and herbs are grown organically, eliminating the harm from pesticides and herbicides. Wagyu and angus beef, lamb, goat and chicken are bred and reared on the lodge farm in line with sustainable practices, reducing our reliance on commercially farmed meat and the associated carbon footprint.

A fleet of EV's reduces emissions, which are also available for guests to tour the property and our pristine beaches.

Location

Address
1948 Russell Road
RD4 Hikurangi
Helena Bay, 0184
New Zealand
Neighborhood
Private and tranquil
Nearest Airport
Whangarei Airport (WRE), 23 Miles / 37 Kilometers

Guest Rooms & Suites

Junior Suites

Junior Suites

Our three 800 square-foot Junior Suites – Tui, Kea and Hihi – have ocean views and full air conditioning.

They also feature:

Super king beds

In-house complimentary movie channel

Minibar facilities equipped with a Nespresso Coffee machine

Personal safes

Waterfront balconies

  • Ocean Front
  • Balcony/Lanai/Terrace
  • Internet Access

Villa Suites

Villa Suites

Kiwi and Kotare are our two 1,450 square-foot Villa Suites with exquisite sea views and full air conditioning. Each has a separate living room; these can be interconnected to accommodate a party of four travelling together.

The rooms all feature:

Real log burning, gas-ignited fireplaces

Super king beds

In-house complimentary movies channel

Minibar facilities equipped with a microwave and Nespresso Coffee machine

Personal safes

Waterfront balconies

  • Ocean Front
  • Balcony/Lanai/Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Internet Access
Total 2 Records

Facts & Policies

Facts
Experiences
Beach, Seclusion, Wellness
Vibe Zen
Room Style Eclectic
Number of Rooms 5
Check-In Time 2:00 PM
Check-Out Time 11:00 AM
Early Arrivals & Late Departures

Please inquire..

Guaranteed Reservations & Deposits

One night’s tariff of all rooms booked is required to confirm a reservation; please provide a current credit card number with expiry date to process this charge.

Cancellation Policy

If a reservation is cancelled fewer than thirty days before the arrival date, the deposit of one night’s tariff will be forfeited. Should we receive less than seven days notice of a cancellation, we will charge for every room night booked. A sixty day cancellation policy applies over Christmas and New Year.

We strongly advise guests to take out travel insurance to protect themselves against unexpected changes to their travel plans.

Accepted Forms of Payment

We accept American Express, MasterCard and Visa.

Terms & Conditions

The Helena Bay nightly room rates include pre-dinner cocktails, dinner, breakfast and use of the Lodge sports equipment and facilities. The rates are in New Zealand dollars and are exclusive of 15% government goods and service tax. We regret we are unable to accommodate children under the age of 12 years old.

Seasonal Closure: June 1- Aug 31



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Virtuoso Amenities

For 2021:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Buffet or A La Carte Breakfast daily
  • A complimentary lunch for up to two people, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities once during stay
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
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