A new luxury lodge opens on New Zealand’s North Island

Helena Bay Lodge has enough acreage and coastline to ensure total privacy

A junior suite at Helena Bay Lodge 
on New Zealand’s North Island
A junior suite at Helena Bay Lodge on New Zealand’s North Island | Image: Helena Bay

The Bay of Islands, in the lush north of New Zealand’s North Island, has attractions in spades, from its moving Waitangi Treaty Grounds to the faded charm of the seaside town of Russell. Now there’s a Russian billionaire’s vision for luxury living, just a few kilometres away. Helena Bay Lodge (www.helenabay.com; from $1,175 per night), built by steel magnate Alexander Abramov – reportedly to the tune of about £30m – began accepting guests this month. It sleeps up to 20 across two sparely stylish villas and a main house, built using local wood and stone. There’s enough acreage (800, to be precise) and coastline (about 3km) to ensure that privacy won’t be an issue.

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