Helena Bay, on New Zealand’s North Island, will open November 1, 2016.

Helena Bay, set along about two miles of Northern New Zealand coastline, will be an exclusive getaway that provides a luxurious experience to no more than five couples, or a private group at a time. The private estate, set on pristine coastline, began construction in 2010 and was set to be New Zealand’s most expensive private estate. The intimate retreat includes a main house and two luxury guest villas, including five private villa suites, each with a private balcony that capture views of Helena Bay beach, the South Pacific Ocean and its native wildlife, including dolphins and whales.

The lodge includes a gallery, library, spa, fresh water swimming pool, and a restaurant from celebrated Chef Ernesto Iaccarino of Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890. Seven-course dinners fueled by an on-property farm and garden, and access to a premier wine collection of the best vintages from around the world are also available to guests. On property activities include kayaking, paddle boarding, private boat charters for diving excursions and fishing trips off the Tutukaka Coast,  tennis, volleyball, mountain biking, and more.

Helena Bay is 40 minutes from the Aukland airport via transport in the property’s private helicopter, or a three hour drive for those looking to rent a car and continue visiting New Zealand’s luxury lodge circuit after their stay.

Photos Courtesy Chandler Taylor (J Public Relations)