Hiking & Walking
Helena Bay Lodge has approximately 15 kilometres of beautiful walking trails on the property. They are signposted so don’t worry about getting lost. They showcase the beautiful fauna and flora that New Zealand has to offer, the flora is particularly unique in New Zealand as it has evolved in isolation for millions of years.
In the summer months the coastline of the property blazes red with glorious pohutukawa – also known as the ‘New Zealand Christmas tree’, while our walking trails will take you through peaceful native bush where you will see varied plant and animal life including the silver fern or ‘ponga’ which is New Zealand’s national symbol. The hikes take you deep into New Zealand bush; this unique environment is one of the only places on the planet where there is nothing dangerous in the bush to sting or bite you. The tracks also take you high onto the coastal headlands with astonishing views out to sea or down to secluded golden sand beaches. You are sure to spot many New Zealand birds and come across miniature donkeys, Alpacas and Wagyu cattle.
We have many unique and beautiful birds that wander and nest on our 800 acres. In every room you have a set of binoculars to view all the beautiful birds from your balcony or take them with you and head out bird watching for an afternoon. You might see brown teal duck, paradise ducks, pukeko, heron, fantail, kingfisher, tui, weka, hawks and many more. Listen closely at night time and you will hear ruru, or morepork. The call of the morepork is iconic in New Zealand, with their haunting ‘more-pork’ cry being heard in our native forests from dusk through to dawn.