Explore New Zealand's Hidden Hotels in the Bay of Islands

Cove, coast and country.

The Bay of Islands is the birthplace of Aotearoa’s shared history between Māori and Pakeha where the country’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed. Drawn by the region’s immense beauty and bounty generations of explorers have made their homes here, building a community where a warm Haeremai is extended to all on arrival.

This world-renowned holiday destination has over 140 islands to explore in a sub-tropical paradise.If you love the great outdoors this is the vacation place for you!

With everything from world class big game fishing, scenic cruising, sailing, diving, kayaking, bush walking, mountain biking, and helicopter scenic flights you are spoiled for choice.

Locay discovers extraordinary 'off the grid' luxury accommodations ideally situated as your home away from home on your next adventure to the Bay of Islands.

Te Arai Retreat

Te Arai

Architecturally designed Te Arai Retreat is stunningly elevated on a north easterly ridge-line with panoramic views to the sea, Hen and Chicken Islands, with pockets of land and lush native bush.

Your hosts Simon & Mary-Jane Copeland, who have lived in East Auckland all their lives, dream of creating a beautiful and tranquil haven for you to enjoy.

Set amongst Te Arai Farm and Truffiere on New Zealand’s pristine east coast only one hour twenty minutes’ drive north of Auckland CBD. Offering seclusion and tranquility, giving the discerning traveller boutique accommodation ten minutes from neighbouring Mangawhai and thirty minutes from Matakana.

A fresh, seasonal Continental breakfast is included in your room rate from locally sourced providores. There are designated walking tracks and a shared heated outdoor pool. Thoughtful touches such as a New Zealand wool throw at the end of your bed add a home away from home feel to this property.

You will be amongst some of New Zealand’s great expansive white sandy beaches, stunning walks, great wineries and cafes together without door pursuits such as golfing, fishing and surfing.


This family-owned lodge is located on 100 acres of private land known as Kourawhero Estate in the Matakana hinterland and is just an hour’s drive from Auckland.

Contemporary secluded villa accommodations set in paradise-like grounds, high above surrounding land, with views extending as far as the Hauraki Gulf. Escape to this lofty mountain top vista, offering space to breathe and unwind, as you break-away from the rest of the world. Explore nearby Matakana and beyond.

Facilities include a restaurant, outdoor pool, sauna, day spa treatments, cocktail bar and extensive grounds to explore.

Bay of Islands

Located in the Bay of Islands with easy access to the historic town of Kororāreka (Russell) in New Zealand.

This multi-award-winning New Zealand luxury retreat is set within a 75 acre estate atop its own private ridge line offering spectacular views of the Bay of Islands. Designed and furnished in an eclectic international contemporary style, where native, tropical gardens and lodgings blend into the natural topography of the land.

Eagles Nest offers the unique services of a resident personal trainer and spa therapists ensuring the most indulgent of stays.

Four of the five villas have private heated infinity pools, all have private Jacuzzis, air conditioning, original artworks, home theatre system, Eco store amenities and fully equipped gourmet kitchen.

The team of talented resident chefs can spoil you for the evening with a delectable specially designed menu featuring freshly caught seafood, venison, and lamb all prepared within the sanctuary of your villa. Relax with a superb glass of New Zealand wine and take in the breathtaking views afforded somewhere between seven stars and heaven.

Ahuriri Valley

New Zealand’s Paroa Bay is one the few places in the world where you get the sense of land emerging from the ocean. As a sheltered inlet enveloped by a perfectly irregular peninsula —with the larger subtropical and iconic Bay of Islands stretching out across the horizon. ​

Paroa Bay Winery and Estate is perched above this breath-taking bay. The Lindis accommodation found on this estate features premier luxury accommodation with three superb villas with every aspect of each residence furnished with the utmost attention to detail and luxury.

The Vineyard Cottage villa sits atop a beautifully terraced garden and entertainment area, enveloped by native fauna and peering out over the expansive hills of vines and native bush. The outdoor area features a swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, and BBQ area, while inside there is a gourmet kitchen, an entertainment area, and a gorgeous open fireplace, all atop a beautiful hard wood floor.

Dine at world-class restaurant Sage where the Moana (ocean) and Whenua (land) inform and inspire the menu. Ensuring every aspect of this luxurious experience is catered for in a plentiful way. 

All wines from the vineyard are grown, hand-picked, made and bottled onsite.  

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Maree Sheehan
Potts Point, Sydney

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