Sanctuary, Bay of Islands

The Sanctuary, Bay of Islands

This elegant retreat is located 5 minutes from Paihia and offers a tranquil and private haven that is wrapped in native NZ bush and looks out over the sea to Russell.


There are four very spacious suites that boast private balconies, luxurious furnishings and décor and beautiful en-suite bathrooms.   The ambience of this beautiful property is one of relaxation, wellness and rejuvenation.

The lodge boasts stylish contemporary décor, featuring stunning NZ artwork.  Dining at Sanctuary Bay of Islands is a unique experience, enjoy the most delicious organic foods, carefully prepared to provide a taste sensation that is good for you.


The four spacious guest bedrooms are situated on the lower floor, with an “infinity” plunge pool and surrounding sun deck in the centre of the two wings.

Each guest room has a king-size bed, ensuite bathroom, walk in wardrobe come workstation and large balcony. The soft earthy toned colour scheme blends seamlessly with the spectacular natural setting.

Guest room features include:

King size bed, which can be separated into twin beds
Premium cotton linen, and cotton and feather pillows
Tiled bathroom with underfloor heating
Bathrobes and slippers
Pure natural toiletries
Teas and plunger coffee
Flat screen television
CD / DVD with a selection of movies and CDs from the guest lounge
Complimentary high speed wireless broadband & Ethernet cable connection
Iron and ironing board
Private balconies with extensive bush / sea views
In-room safe
Peace and tranquility

Tariff includes GST, full cooked breakfast, open bar.

Price Indicator: From $460-$593 per room per night.

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About the Retreat

The two level retreat is clad in cedar and was built in 2004.

The pole design was chosen specifically to allow the entire structure to merge seamlessly into the sloping hillside while at the same time providing an unimpeded and restful view of the native bush reserve below.

Two central wood-burning fireplaces are complemented by elegantly restful rich-brown leather sofas and oriental rugs.

The elements come together seemlessly to combine comfort with quality, inviting you to feel at ease the moment you arrive.

The Sanctuary is not normal, it’s natural…..

Subtle elegance and luxury are the conscious décor themes
of The Sanctuary.  Above all, the ambience is one of
tranquility while at the same time adhering to best environment practices.

As far as possible all the furnishings throughout have been bought in New Zealand. Of particular note is the
artwork and object d’art.  Australian artist, Lynley Robson visited the Bay of Islands and stayed at the lodge.  Her
artwork found throughout the sanctuary reflects her vision.

Maori weavings and art work dot the walls throughout the Retreat, designed and created by local artists.

  • Gas hot water on demand for all guest bathrooms
  • Recycling all waste including composting organic material
  • Eco light bulbs, reverse cycle air conditioning and electrical appliances
  • Half flush cisterns and flow restrictors
  • New Zealand-made toiletries

Dining at The Sanctuary

With an increase of health issues and dietary needs, catering these days can be challenging. At Sanctuary, we cover all bases offering a wide range of food choices at breakfast including:

Homemade Toasted Muesli and Gluten Free, nuts, seeds and grains, fresh organic fruits and juices, wholegrain breads and local cheeses, a variety of dairy and  dairy free milks.

A fully cooked breakfast is available with free range eggs coming direct from the farm gate.

Your host’s intention is not to change the way you eat or what you eat, but simply be reminded and perhaps introduced to you some new and exciting culinary experiences and how incredibly good, real food tastes .

With an extensive background in hospitality and an ever evolving passion for good, healthy eating, the journey is evident in our guests dining experiences.

The Sanctuary, Bay of Islands