Located on nearly two miles of private coastline on the northeast corner of New Zealand’s North Island, Helena Bay is an intimate property and the first of New Zealand’s luxury lodges to offer accommodations with balconies directly on the beach. Guests arrive via a 40-minute scenic helicopter ride from Auckland. Up to 10 guests can stay at Helena Bay in the beachfront villas in a total of five luxury suites.
Nestled among 800 acres of un-touched greenery along peaceful shores,
the resort offers exclusivity paired with fine cuisine, an opulent European-style spa, and a plethora of opportunities for outdoor adventure. The main lodge includes the private spa retreat and a heated outdoor swimming pool. In addition to the beaches and abundant amenities, Helena Bay has brought the Michelin-starred Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890 in Italy to New Zealand. Overseen by chef Ernesto Iaccarino and helmed by chef Michele Martino, the menu focuses on the traditional cuisine of Sorrento and the Amal Coast, and offers guests estate -to-plate ingredients fueled by the on-property farm.
Despite its remote location, Helena Bay offers an array of activities to enjoy when not relaxing by the ocean or pool, including tennis, hiking and biking trails, and a farm where guests can visit pet alpacas and donkeys. New Trek mountain bikes, two with electric motors, can be used on the many sce- nic trails. Paddleboards and kayaks are available for those looking to go out on the water. Guests can also explore the expansive locale in four-wheeled buggies, on local shing and diving excursions, and on scenic horseback riding tours. Also available are cultural tours, guided by members from the local Maori tribe, that highlight the property’s history and sacred grounds.