Experiences

On the Helena Bay Estate there is a wide variety of activities available. The long-term view of the owners of Helena Bay Lodge has allowed substantial investment to be made in the property. A comprehensive pest and predator management program has been introduced, with fantastic results. The native trees spread across the property that had been ravaged by possums have seen a significant rejuvenation. The introduction of new breeding ponds for the endangered pateke (brown teal) duck have proven very successful, with a number of breeding pairs making their home here.

Click here to view our full Leisure and Activities Compendium for more details on all of our on and off-site activities.

Polaris 4WD Rangers

We have electric 4wd Polaris Rangers comfortably seating two persons to use any time during your stay. With over 800 acres to explore, why not make your way to the highest point on our property (near our helipad) to watch the sunset or take a trip to one of our four private beaches.

Mohei Pavillion

We have a specially designed day pavilion at one of our most beautiful private beaches, Mohei Bay. It houses a kitchenette, bathroom, shower and sun loungers along with a fabulous outdoor area – perfect for a day escape within the property.

Mohei Pavilion is available to book exclusively any time during your stay, if you are feeling adventurous you can choose to kayak there too. Not only do we have complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, we also have a fantastic take-away picnic menu which can be requested to be set up at a pre-arranged time.

Clay Bird Shooting

Aim, fire and experience the thrill of claybird shooting at our brandnew shooting range.

Hidden amidst our 800 acres, this picturesque, unspoiled location is
the perfect spot to fire away for an unforgettable experience.

Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced shooter, we have four automatic traps set at different levels, angles and speeds to suit any ability. We have both 12 gauge and 20 gauge over-and-under ‘Miroku’ shotguns to match your skill level. Crafted with precision, Miroku shotguns are the perfect example of what a sporting gun should be.

You will have a licenced guide present during your session, along with ammunition to give you tips on becoming a sharp shooter.

Mountain Bikes

Our trails aren’t just for walking, we also have mountain bikes and top of the range electric bikes for you to use. From beginner to advanced, we have tracks for every level; a great way to cover a lot of ground in a short space of time and burn off some calories.

Additional maps are available to show the extended local area and communities, should you wish to venture further afield off the property.

Farm & Garden Tours

A farm tour is a must-do whilst staying with us. One of our knowledgeable farmers will take you through the ins and outs of life on the Helena Bay farm, from feeding the goats and donkeys to mustering our wagyu cattle.

The farm and gardens fuel our ‘estate to plate’ menu featuring world-class cuisine from the celebrated Italian Michelin-starred ‘Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890’. An informative way to explore our magnificent property, learn how we sustain ourselves whilst admiring the breathtaking views with many furry friends to be made along the way.

Tennis Court

Our tennis court is open to guests all year round and is floodlit for those who wish to play in the evening. If you don’t have a partner to practice your backhand with we have a tennis ball machine which simulates playing, along with other various training modes to try. Alternatively, the AstroTurf can be arranged for football, volleyball or badminton.

Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle Boarding

We have a beautiful and fascinating natural coastline waiting for you to explore. We have top of the range Barracuda kayaks for you to try, including fishing kayaks and our incredibly light weight sea kayaks. Not only is it a great way to explore our property from the water, it is also a great way to improve your fitness and strength. We also have multiple Stand Up Paddleboards, a great activity to perfect your balance and get great views as you surf along the sea.

Glow-worms

New Zealand Glow-worms can be found in caves or forest settings, often on damp overhanging stream banks. Their light is made from a biochemical reaction called bioluminescence and they are able to turn it off when there is too much light, for example sunlight.

Sudden loud noises often make them grow brighter. They can be found at Helena Bay Lodge on the creek down our driveway, why not see these fascinating and magical creatures in their natural habitat?