New Zealand has always been a favourite spot for relaxation for the ultra-rich with its idyllic scenery and luxury resorts. Now, an addition to high-end tourist accommodation reveals a new pearl in the land of the Maori. Helena Bay (helenabay.com) is a boutique retreat that offers exclusive access to more than 800 private acres of North Island headlands, farmland, and coastline.
The high-luxury lodge is framed by lush kauri forest on a pristine stretch of the estate’s 2 miles of private beachfront. Two separate villa suites with sprawling terraces spill out onto the sand and are complemented by three junior suites. The grand main lodge provides a dining area and private wine cellar for guests to enjoy. Outside, an infinity-edge pool surrounded by manicured gardens makes for a pleasant spot to glimpse rare wildlife.
One of Helena Bay’s main attractions is an AgustaWestland AW109 helicopter that can treat guests to private tours over the stunning scenery of the island. Depending on the time of the year when you want to visit the exotic paradise, rates start from $1750 for a single guest and $2100 for two. But for that sum guests are treated to pre-dinner drinks, dinner (the menu changes nightly), breakfast and use of all of the Lodge facilities.
A number of recreational activities, such as diving, hiking, fishing and massage therapy are available on demand.