Welcome to Our Natural World

On a private native bush reserve that contains one of the few remaining untouched native rain forests in an area famously renowned for its natural coastal and marine beauty, rests
The Sanctuary.

It’s an escape, a haven, a restful respite… and when you’re here, it’s hard to believe that Paihia, the hub of tourist and local activity, is just a five-minute drive away.

The Sanctuary’s design features extensive use of native timbers with dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive decking to capture and retain the vistas beyond. The understated yet undeniably elegant décor complement what nature has provided outside the doors.

Every major room of the retreat offers an uninterrupted, panoramic perspective across the Veronica Channel towards historic Russell, as far as Black Rocks, Moturoa Island and beyond.

Your exceptional host has many years in the hospitality industry and has operated award-winning lodges in both Australia and New Zealand.

The welcoming dining table will present a nutritional and healthy menu that will enhance your experience of these stunningly beautiful natural surroundings.

Haere mai… Welcome…


The Sanctuary is formerly the Bay of Islands Lodge. Still under the same ownership and management.