We spent a night here and it was amazing. We were celebrating my partner's 50th birthday and they went out of their way to make it special for him. The view is gorgeous. The food was superb. Loved how you could eat meals at various locations around the lodge. We had dinner in the library, breakfast by the pool and lunch looking out into the bay. Such a great spot. The staff were attentive but in no way intrusive.
This is a fantastic place. We stayed for three nights and we took advantage of all the activities, including a boat trip to the Poor Knights diving and snorkeling reserve aboard their awesome boat (The Ruru). THe facilites are awesome, teh service is impecable and the food is great. Highly recommended. I could not express in words how good this place is.
This was our first trip to New Zealand and Helena Bay was our first stop. We spent 3 nights on property and it was amazing. We had the good fortune to be the only guests for the first two days. We took advantage of fishing off of the dock, and explored the vast property on the Polaris ATV's. We spend a couple of hours touring the property with the farm manager (Cup) and throughly enjoyed meeting the resident pets (pigs, alpaca and donkeys) as well as learning about the farm. The staff was outstanding and were available to tend to our every request. We enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch at the beach pavilion and the most delicious meals throughout our stay. The tranquility of the property is indescribable. The rooms were luxurious and very welcoming. They have thought of every detail, including access to backpacks for hiking and rain gear for the unexpected rain shower. Waking up to sunshine and still waters will be a forever memory. Truly a "one of a kind" property and well worth the stay.…
This is our 4th time in New Zealand but the first in the Bay of Islands. Now Helena Bay Lodge, in our experience, couldn't be any better. The fantastic location, the quality of the lodge in terms of our room, the dining options and quality of the food, the swimming pool, the variety of walks on the amazing estate and, by no means last of all, the quality of the staff and the service they provide were just superb. We only had to mention a visit we were contemplating and a map and directions appeared in our room. Could it have been better? I think not! Chris and Sally
This lodge has been unbelievably well designed. Nothing is improvised - everything has its purpose and fits. We had two fantastic days and enjoyed the walks on the property as well as the farm tour. Meals are great and designed to your preferences. We loved the fact that many food items are produced on the property and organic. Service / staff are wonderful as well. One thing to be aware off - this is not one of the NZ lodges were guests socialise much together or have communal meals - seems more a place where couples or small groups enjoy their own company. Oh - re art work - I loved the collection of Russian paintings throughout the lodge, even in the gym - guess collected by the owner.