You Can Take a Helicopter to Hobbitland at This Insanely Exclusive New Zealand Resort
Itâs Instagram heaven in New Zealand.
You donât have to be on the royal tour to enjoy a trip Down Under. Sure, that means you wonât get to try Meghan Markleâs homemade banana bread or watch kids playing with Prince Harryâs beard, but if you choose wisely, you can still channel your inner majesty at an over-the-top, Ã¼ber-secluded New Zealand resort.
That resort would be Helena Bay Lodge, which opened in November 2016. Stretching across nearly two miles of coastline, with four private beaches, it encompasses 800 acres on the east coast of the North Island and hosts a highly limited number of guests at a time, so itâs ideal for those in need of a little extra privacy. (Perhaps the Duke and Duchess of Sussex should consider a visit if they can squeeze in any R&R.)
- A fire pit is crucial.
The latest draw to the lavish resort arrives this winter in the form of a private yacht (you know, so guests can live their best Leo life). But thatâs just one of the many perks on offer at the lodge. Hereâs everything else you need to know.
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When you just must helicopter.
You kick off your trip on a private chopper.
Guests usually reach the 800-acre resort via a 40-minute private helicopter ride from Auckland International Airport. The chopper in question is Helena Bay Lodgeâs personal Augu sta Westland AW109S Grand, because #luxury.
No awkward small talk here.
Donât worry about running into anyone.
Only five couples (10 people total) can stay at the resort at one time. It has just two guest beach villasâ"one with three individual suites and the other with two suites. Or, a private group can rent out the entire lodge. Thereâs also a main house, which is composed of a library, formal and casual dining areas and a gym. Itâs all very Goop-y, with a Turkish sauna and a massage room. Outside, youâll find fire pits and a heated 25-meter swimming pool.
The staff does their homework. Upon arrival, guests will find walk-in closets already equipped with Wellington boots in their shoe sizes, in addition to backpacks and binoculars. The suites also feature both wood-burning and gas firepl aces and private balconies. The bathrooms are outfitted with mosaic tiling, Christian Fischbacher bathrobes and Molton Brown products.
The intimacy runneth over.
Yes, it will cost you.
Prices range from $1,490 per night in the low season to upwards of $5,625 a night in the high season.
The resortâs newest offering: private yacht rides.
But a new yacht will drop anchor soon.
Helena Bay Lodgeâs newest over-the-top amenity, a customized private yacht, arrives in February 2019. Named RuRu (after one of New Zealandâs native birds), it boasts various lounging and dining areas, day beds and two bathrooms, and itâs only available to guests of Helena Bay (but not for overn ight stays). Guests can book a sunset or daytime cruise, plan a private dining event or schedule diving and fishing excursions.
The main houseâ"for lounging and spa-ing outside the suites.
Thereâs also wineâ"and more helicopters.
Oenophiles can book a private helicopter and fly to a wine tasting at either the Cable Bay or Manâ O War Estate vineyards, where theyâll have lunch and meet the winemakers. The chef crafts a menu based on custom wine pairings, and if youâre not sufficiently sauced by the end of your meal, you can buy a bottle to bring back to your suite.
Itâs Lord of the Rings central.
Lord of the Rings fans should start saving up now.
Before Game of Thrones die-hards infiltrated Dubrovnik in Croatia en masse, Lord of the Rings enthusiasts made the trek to New Zealandâ"and the fan base just keeps growing. Helena Bay Lodge offers a four-person immersive excursion that is an LOTR loverâs dream, but it will cost you more than just a gold ringâ"$17,805, to be exact.
The âMiddle Earth, Fly + Dineâ experience includes a helicopter tour of the Hunua Ranges, Hauraki Plains, the Aranui Cave and Waitomo Caves; a private tour of Hobbiton, complete with lunch and the chance to see the remnants of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit movie sets; and another chopper jaunt to Waiheke Island for a three-course dinner and wine tasting. Consider it the perfect coda to the ultimate fantasy getaway.Source: Google News New Zealand | Netizen 24 New Zealand