Bearing a European-inspired aesthetic, two guest villas are located just a minute’s walk from the main house – one with two 1,450-square-foot villa suites, and a second with three 700-square-foot junior suites. The spacious guest suites offer super king beds and glass doors opening to waterfront balconies with exquisite views of the South Pacific Ocean and its native wildlife, including dolphins and whales that often visit the cove.
Both breakfast and dinner are included in nightly rates. Breakfast staples include house-made jams and honey with just-baked croissants, daily fresh-pressed juices, marinated New Zealand fish, cheeses and charcuterie, as well as a variety of main courses, such as zucchini mint pancakes, Helena Wagyu beef sausage, breakfast grains of the day, and a selection of different egg options. For dinner, guests can chose to enjoy an eight-course degustation menu, or opt for favorites from the a la carte menu, such as Don Alfonso 1890 potato gnocchi with smoked provolone cheese and Marzano cream; Helena Bay Wagyu beef meat balls with garlic and chili, sautéed silver beet and shaved pecorino; slow cooked Helena Bay Lamb Shoulder with eggplant “scarpona” style and crema di Pomodor, and more. The wine list varies each night, paired with the evening’s menu, and is fueled by the property’s private cellar with more than 100 vintages from New Zealand and around the world. Guests can delight in custom culinary experiences with Chef Martino, such as visits to the property’s farm and garden and special picnic excursions.
Despite its remote location, Helena Bay offers an array of activities to enjoy when not relaxing by the ocean or pool, including a tennis court, hiking and biking trails, and a farm where guests can visit with pet alpacas and donkeys. Brand new Trek mountain bikes, two with electric motors, can be used on the many scenic trails, and paddleboards and kayaks are available for those looking to go out on the water. Guests can also pass the hours exploring the expansive property on four-wheel buggies, on local fishing and diving excursions with Dive! Tutukaka, and on scenic horseback riding tours. The property also offers cultural tours guided by members from the local Maori tribe, highlighting the property’s history and sacred grounds.
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