Getting to Helena Bay Lodge

For assistance with transfers and your arrival at Helena Bay Lodge please contact our reception team. We will be more than happy to organise any transfers and assist you in getting to us as smoothly as possible.


Helena Bay has its own top-of-the-range helicopter which is faster than any other available to the public in New Zealand. The Augusta Westland AW109S Grand is capable of travelling at speeds of up to 310 km/h and will have you at the Lodge in under 45 minutes from Auckland International Airport. There is no better way to arrive at Helena Bay having savoured the breathtaking scenery of New Zealand from the skies.

The aircraft is operated by Auckland-based Heletranz owned by John and Sofia Ambler. John is a New Zealander and has almost 30-years experience flying large commercial aircraft and helicopters. The friendly and efficient team work closely with Helena Bay to ensure the best experience when flying to and from the Lodge. Any transfers and scenic flight reservations should be made directly with Helena Bay to ensure preferential rates.

You are more than welcome to use other helicopter service providers, however we do charge a landing fee of $250.00 NZD exclusive of GST, which we donate to the Northland Rescue Helicopter.

Private Transfer

We will arrange your driver and vehicle to meet you at the airport or hotel and transfer you to Helena Bay lodge. Chauffeur-driven car transfers from anywhere in New Zealand can be arranged by the Helena Bay reservations team. Please contact us for more information.

Commercial Flights

From Auckland Airport (AKL) Air New Zealand operates scheduled services to the regional airports of Whangarei Airport (WRE), which is approximately a 50-minute drive south of Helena Bay, or Bay of Islands Kerikeri Airport (KKE), a 70-minute drive to the north of Helena Bay. From either airport we can arrange a transfer for you or you may wish to self drive.

VIP Meet and Greet Airport Arrival & Departure Service

This includes a meet and greet at the door of the aircraft as you disembark, an escort to fast-track you through New Zealand Customs and Immigration and assistance with luggage retrieval.

Once in the arrivals hall this service will cover; your transfer to a waiting private transfer, the helipad, domestic terminal or air centre for a private charter.

Self Driving by Car

For those guests wishing to explore the Northland region we recommend hiring a car. Avis, Hertz and Budget are based in Auckland, Whangarei and Kerikeri airports.

Directions if coming by car from:

For directions from another location view location map.