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Published on : Friday, January 8, 2016
Helena Bay sits amongst the countless inlets, coves and bays that form the unspoiled Tutukaka Coast, on the northeast perimeter of New Zealand’s North Island. National Geographic Traveler magazine ranked this relatively unknown New Zealand gem second-equal on a list of 99 of the World’s Top Rated islands, coastlines and beaches published in 2010.
The lodge’s owner and his family travelled to many remote corners of the globe and some of the world’s most beautiful places during their search for a truly special and unique location where they would build their perfect luxury retreat. Eventually at New Zealand’s Helena Bay, they found the place to turn their dreams into reality.
While the location is private and secluded, it is easily accessible from Auckland and guests can choose to arrive from there by helicopter on a scenic 45-minute flight or by road with an easy two-and-a-half hour drive via Whangarei.
Helena Bay has been designed and created to meet high expectations of comfort and style for those who seek peace, privacy and the opportunity to be close to the unspoiled beauty of nature, whilst enjoying a very sophisticated level of hospitality.
The surrounding Northland region was the first part of New Zealand to be settled, by both Maori and Europeans, and the lodge has been inspired by some of New Zealand’s earliest colonial buildings such as nearby Pompallier Mission House in Russell, Waitangi Treaty House and Te Waimate Mission House. The architect, Greg Jones, was asked to create a timeless and classic group of buildings that would readily blend, and become at one, with Helena Bay.
Helena Bay will cater for a maximum of 10 guests initially accommodated in Villa suites. The property includes 3km of pristine coastline, with four main private beaches and many coves.
Guest facilities are generous and include a gym, saunas – including a Turkish sauna, massage and treatment rooms, a 25-metre heated swimming pool, library, three lounge areas, both informal and formal dining areas and an outdoor fire pit. Gourmet cuisine and service will be provided at the high level that guests would expect, with fresh produce gathered daily from the estate’s vegetable gardens and orchards, and meat supplied from the farm.
Investment has also been made in many conservation initiatives at Helena Bay, with pest and predator management programmes to encourage the return of pateke, kiwi and mutton birds to the property and a massive re-planting of native trees and plants to enhance the local environment.
Helena Bay is scheduled to open in time for New Zealand’s 2016/17 summer season.