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Kauri Cliffs

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
The colonial-style buildings of this luxury property perched over Matauri Bay near the top of the North Island are dwarfed by the endless wavy greens of a championship par-72 golf course that ends at the Pacific. The ocean views and holes positioned adjacent to plunging cliffs make Kauri Cliffs one of the most famous golf resorts in the world. The hilltop infinity pool is another crowd pleaser, especially when it reflects the pinks and purples of the sunset. Lodge interiors have a beach-meets-country vibe and are outfitted with New Zealand artwork and furnishings imported from Europe and Australia. Patches of totara tree forest are interspersed throughout the property’s 6,000 acres. One section houses the tranquil spa shrouded in fern trees. Walking paths lead to a waterfall, three secret beaches, and picnic sites that offer every choice of view of Cape Brett and the Cavalli Islands.
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Neighborhood Vibe
The 6,000-acre property, near the stunning Bay of Islands, offers a number of hikes, including one that takes guests to a 700-year-old kauri tree. If that’s not enough, 144 isles in the Bay of Islands archipelago are within reach, including the largest, Urupukapuka. Many important cultural sites dot the landscape, from Maori hill forts to ancient churches and historic homes. At the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, visitors can see a copy of the treaty signed by British settlers and Maori chiefs in 1840, which has caused land disputes that continue to this day. Across the harbor from Waitangi lies Russell, once known as "the hell hole of the Pacific" due to its reputation for unruly sailors and whalers. Back near the hotel, Jacques Cousteau ranked the Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve one of the Top 10 dive sites in the world.
Need to Know
Rooms: 6 suites, 16 deluxe suites, and 1 owner’s cottage. From $584 per person.
Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m.
Dining options:Gourmet à la carte dining is available in the main dining room or on the verandas. Guests gather prior to dinner each night to enjoy drinks and canapés while mingling with other guests. Then they’ll sit down to a formal dinner that highlights local lamb and beef. The resident pastry chef whips up exotic creations for dessert.
Spa and gym details:Set along a stream lined with totara and fern trees, the spa specializes in personalized services that incorporate indigenous traditions and ingredients—kiwi fruit, manuka honey, and volcanic clay are a few favorites. Attached are a gym, spa, sauna, and pool. In-room spa services are also an option.
Insider Tips
Who's it best for:Avid golfers looking for a top-quality food, wine, and nature experience.
Our favorite rooms:Six standard suites are beach-chic and tucked into a small swath of forest. The sandy tones contrast against the golf greens as well as the ocean in the distance. Spend a cool evening by the fireplace or a summer afternoon on the private porch.
Local beauty:Pink’s Beach, where the shore is composed entirely of pink shells, is a beautiful spot for a picnic.
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
Overlooking the David Harman-designed championship Kauri Cliffs golf course, the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs commands 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean. It was built in the grand colonial style with gorgeous living and dining rooms opening up to covered verandas. It counts a two-bedroom Owner’s Cottage and 22 guest suites—each with its own private porch to enjoy the spectacular surroundings. The accommodations at the lodge are only enhanced with the fabulous food and wine, creating an overall exceptional and luxury experience. A world-class spa within a totara forest and hiking trails leading to a giant kauri tree or waterfall round out this extraordinary New Zealand property.
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Refined Luxury in New Zealand's Far North
About 45 minutes' drive north of the Bay of Islands, the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is a very special place. Set on over 6,000 incredibly beautiful and wild/well-kept acres, the grounds include the main lodge, the spa, a golf course, three private beaches, a waterfall, and an ancient kauri tree. The helpful, kind staff will facilitate activities—they can drive you down to one of the beaches, along with a picnic if you like—or will leave you alone if that's your style. The spa is set in the center of a lush forested enclave and includes a lap pool and a sauna. Hors d'oeuvres and aperitifs are served every evening, and dinner—paired with wines chosen by a creative and thoughtful wine director—is a jacket-for-men affair.
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The View from my Room at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
Sunrise over Matauri Bay
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Upscale country manor

Set amid 6,000 acres of sprawling hills near Matauri Bay (four hours' drive from Auckland), with jaw-dropping vistas of Cape Brett and the offshore Cavalli Islands, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is as spacious as it’s seductive. Soak up panoramic Pacific Ocean views from this elegant boutique hotel in New Zealand’s North Island, which boasts blissful beaches, a soothing spa and its own championship golf course perched atop the cliffs.


Don’t miss the uplifting spa, surrounded by verdant totara forest; treatments make use of local mud, minerals, crystals, stones and shells.
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Yippee Kai Yay!!!
The best way to explore the magnificent beaches on Matauri Bay is on horseback
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139 Tepene Tablelands Rd, Matauri Bay 0245, New Zealand
+64 9-407 0010