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The Sanctuary
The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary is a two-level, cedar-clad guest lodge surrounded by native bush and overlooking the Veronica Channel between Paihia and historic Russell. Every major room enjoys uninterrupted views of the bay as far as Moturoa Island, Black Rocks, and beyond.

The design is contemporary and the colour scheme and materials are natural and earthy (native and imported timbers feature); the style is sophisticated simplicity. The lodge features an expansive, open-plan lounge and dining area, floor-to-ceiling windows and large decks to showcase the captivating views – of nothing but sea, native bush, and sky.

To provide a luxurious and relaxing environment from which to enjoy those therapeutic sea views, the lodge also features a central wood-burning fireplace, rich dark-brown leather sofas, and four spacious guest bedrooms. Separating the bedrooms on the lower floor is an ‘infinity’ swimming pool and surrounding deck. There is also a guest library, guest laundry, and games.

The Sanctuary has been custom-designed to showcase its stunning surroundings and provide exclusive luxury accommodation for up to eight guests. The lodge offers four spacious guest bedrooms (each with ensuite bathroom, walk-in wardrobe, and large balcony). Additional facilities include high-speed Internet access, satellite (Sky) TV, DVD, and stereo in each bedroom.

Dining At the Lodge

The enjoyment of food, wine and company are an integral part of the Bay of Islands Lodge experience. Our cuisine could perhaps best be described as ‘contemporary New Zealand’, with some of the ingredients and inspiration drawn from European and Asian cuisines.

We take great pleasure in preparing seasonal dishes and value above all else the intense flavours of only the very best and freshest local produce.

The Sanctuary

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