The Tutukaka Coast has an authenticity that sparkles all year round. Twenty-three kilometres offshore lies an international icon – the Poor Knights Islands. A total Marine Reserve and Nature Reserve – and pending World Heritage Site – the 11 million-year-old islands’ volcanic origins provide a myriad of spectacular drop offs, walls, caves, arches and tunnels. The added factor of a constant current streaming south from the tropics adds to this truly unique ecosystem. During summer, vast numbers of stingray gather in the archways to mate; the volcanic structures provide protection by confusing the radar of predatory orca. Helena Bay works with NZ owned and operated Yukon Dive. The full-service dive operators are extremely passionate about our environment and its future and pride themselves in offering a professional, friendly and personal service.
Taking a tour around our 800-acre property with a member of the farm team is an experience which provides a lasting memory for many of our guests. Visit the Wagyu cattle which roam the grassy paddocks along with chickens, goats, alpacas and donkeys. Our two vegetable gardens which provide much of our produce for the restaurant are also a must-see during your stay.
Particular attention has been paid to the Gym and Spa wing which has been constructed to reflect the character of a traditional Russian Banya. Exquisitely decorated with intricate ceramic mosaic tiles, it has an authentic and welcoming feel. Our experienced and highly qualified spa therapists will tailor your massage therapy to offer a comprehensive and holistic treatment. The central courtyard of the lodge surrounds a spectacular swimming pool, ideal for gentle morning exercise or to unwind in tranquil surroundings.
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. For this reason, I believe that guests who have the pleasure to enjoy our beautiful property will have an unforgettable experience.