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.
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.
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.