Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
At a Glance
You couldn't get more senic then this property. Situated on 6,000 acres it offers spectacular 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean. Its easy to why it is one of New Zealand's best loved property.
Sitting under the name of Relais & Chateaux gourmet cuisine is central to the Kauri Cliffs experience. With a top chef taking charge the food here showcases local farmers and is in tune with seasonal offerings.
The rooms are all away from the main lodge, maximising space and privacy. with a feeling of being in a luxurious home in Hamptons there is a range of suites to suit a number of different sized groups.
Situated on a world-class course, Kauri Cliffs offers the ultimate New Zealand getaway for the keen golfer
The shining star however is the Owners Cottage which sleeps four and really is our faveourite due to the large infinity pool with views over the ocean.
As if the peace and quiet isn't relaxing enough you can also explore the spa, nestled near the Totara Forest. Here you can find a suana, jacuzzi, and a heated indoor pool. There is also a gym, but we suggest missing that and just indulging in one of the many massages of offer.
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The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.
Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.
To start planning your holiday to Kauri Cliffs
Kauri Cliffs is a stunningly beautiful luxury estate with an award winning golf course set on a remote 6000 acre plateau high above the sea in New Zealand's Bay of Islands. Picnic at a waterfall, play tennis or golf, or simply luxuriate in the spa.
Situated with spectacular 180 degree views overlooking the breathtaking Bay of Islands, Kauri Cliffs is the perfect beach retreat with three picturesque private beaches ideal for swimming and private barbecues. It is also a golfer’s paradise, with holes offering awesome views of offshore islands and the magnificent Pacific Ocean. With only 22 suites and one cottage, Kauri Cliffs is a boutique property with fantastic cuisine, personalised service and an impressive array of facilities.
The suites and Owner’s Cottage are dotted along a meandering woodland path, nestled on the edge of a native forest and overlooking the ocean and golf course, and are superbly luxurious and very private. Each Suite has a private porch and a spacious open plan bedroom and sitting room with open fireplace. The voluminous owner's cottage has two bedrooms and a study that can be converted to a third, with its own private pool and Jacuzzi as well as kitchen facilities should you want to dine at 'home' with a hotel chef catering to your every desire.
Dining at the lodge is a gourmet affair whether you chose a picnic lunch at one of the property's waterfalls or beaches, a salad by the pool or the more formal dinner in the lodge's dining room. Each evening there is a cocktail hour and guests to get together and enjoy a drink and a chat with fellow travellers accompanied by delicious canapés.
The activities at Kauri Cliffs are endless, whether it is relaxing on the gorgeous beaches, the world famous fishing and scuba diving or even quad biking. The knowledgeable guides will take you along to Ninety Mile Beach or to visit the stunning scenery of nearby Puketi Kauri Forest or Rainbow Falls and you can finish off your unforgettable day with a private beach barbeque of freshly caught fish.
Kauri Cliffs has 11 private cottages, each with two separate guest suites plus the 2-3 bedroom Owner’s Cottage with private pool, hot tub and cooking facilities for a chef (if required) - perfect for a family. Every Standard and larger Deluxe Suite is comfortably furnished in a simple and elegant style and each has its own private porch, bedroom with sitting area and open fireplace and all are located in the forest overlooking the golf course and Pacific Ocean. All suites feature: open gas fireplace, mini bar, super king bed, rattan armchairs, writing desk and ottomans. There is also two 'Security Rooms' with two single beds, en-suite bathroom and wardrobe, for security staff, drivers, minders or for children.
Children are more than welcome at Kauri Cliffs and the expansive Owner's Cottage is ideal for families but several of the suites interconnect and can accommodate additional beds. Cots are available and private dining will be arranged for families with children under the age of 12 after 7pm as dining in the evenings at Kauri Cliffs is quite formal. Children's bikes are available and kids will love the beach picnics and barbecues as well as all of the water based activities on offer.
The main lodge has views over the golf course and meals can be enjoyed in the dining room or on one of the verandas. There is also a card room and comfy living room. The luxury spa is nestled at the edge of a forest and guests can enjoy treatments al fresco or by the fireside as well as the indoor pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and gym. There is a PGA championship Golf Course, outdoor pool, two astroturf tennis courts and three private and secluded beaches, great for swimming, picnics and beach barbecues.
Kauri Cliffs is a great base for nature walks, bird watching or cycling, and mountain bikes are provided free of charge for guests' enjoyment. Other activities include golf, beach barbecues and picnics, horse riding, fishing, kayaking, scenic heli tours, Bay of Islands cruises, sailing, quad biking, scuba diving and even wild boar and possum hunting. From December to March the hotel's 'Summer Series' provides daily complimentary activities from wine tasting to farm tours to Haka performances.
Jules Maury (Staff)
The owner of Matakuri, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers had a eye for beautiful locations and a love of golf. Kauri Cliffs is part of that journey and perhaps the most conservative in decor of the three. Designed like an old style Charleston mansion which is where he hailed from, the lodge comprises the Great House and then suites running along to the left of the property looking out to sea. Culminating in yet again a wonderful Owners two bedroom lodge for which this collection is famous the decor everywhere is in muted colours to bring in the colours of the sky and views to the sea. Gracious rooms for dining and relaxing with soaring ceilings spill onto verandas that wrap around the main house. The Spa is very special and one of the last masterpieces completed by the owner's late wife who was beloved by all and had so much input into the Virginia Fischer designs and different moods of each property. For golfers these places rate up with with the best in the world and are one for the tick box but if you are not a golfer this does not feel like a corporate golfing estate at all. Cocktails and picnic Barbecues are de rigueur. On Pink Beach and arriving or departing here by helicopter and flying over the Bay of Islands is a once in a lifetime experience. Martin and his team run a tight ship and there is so much to do for everyone. Great food and so many activities make this a special place for a few days to chill and enjoy the beautiful Bay of Islands.
Sarah Rowan (Staff)
Set in around 6000 acres of dramatic coastal landscape, Kauri Cliffs is breathtakingly beautiful; the sort of place you wish you could take all your loved ones to, so they can experience this little slice of paradise. The staff clearly adore the property and are justly incredibly proud to work there. Their warmth and enthusiasm is infectious and help make you feel totally at ease there. You cannot help fall in love with the place. Not just a haven for golfers; there is something for everyone here, from the spa, gym, indoor and outdoor pool, to the tennis courts, mountain biking, trekking and horse riding. The rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated, all with balconies and impeccable views across the rolling hills and Bay of Islands.
Katie Kennard (Staff)
Kauri Cliffs Lodge is one of New Zealands premier properties, offering world-class accommodation and excellent, attentive service. Kauri is home to many beautiful birds, is set in 6500 acres of farmland and has views of Cavalli islands, Cape Brett and the Pacific Ocean. It has a serious wow factor from the moment you go through the gates. The charming team will greet you with such energy and within seconds you will notice how proud they are of their establishment and to have you sharing it with them. You are spoilt for choice it terms of activities, having an exceptional golf course, swimming pools and hot tubs Spa and a gymnasium, they even have a lap pool for the more active guests. Their beaches are stunning and their staff will go to any stretch to make you feel totally at home.
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean on a 6,500-acre working sheep and cattle farm, Kauri Cliffs is near Matauri Bay, Northland. In the main lodge are living rooms, a meeting room, spa and fitness centre; 22 elegant suites are spread over 11 cottages; there's a two-suite Owner's Cottage with an infinity-edged pool. Diversions include a championship golf course and three private beaches, kayaking and clay-pigeon shooting.
X-factor British-born executive chef Barry Frith fuses French, Asian and English cuisine using fresh, local produce; guests' preferences are easily accommodated.
Olivia Smith (Staff)
Kauri Cliffs is a stunning lodge set in 6500 acres of farmland and landscaped gardens. It is also based around a world-class golf course all overlooking the Pacific Ocean, ideal for the avid golfer looking for a course with a difference!
All rooms are beautifully decorated in neutral beiges and light blues, reflecting the stunning beaches and clear azure skies, each with a large walk in wardrobe, open fireplace and grey slate bathroom with separate bath and shower. All rooms have a private balcony, perfect for a pre-dinner drink soaking up the views. Kauri Cliffs also features an ‘Owners Cottage’, ideal for families or larger groups travelling together.
The food here is utterly sumptuous and the wine list showcases New Zealand’s best vintages. The staff are so welcoming and friendly and will spoil you from the moment you walk through the door to the moment you have to tear yourself away!
Cape Reinga private Helicopter Tour
The Cape Reinga tour is for those who wish to spend time enjoying the magnificent natural wonders of the North. You will be over-awed by the grandeur of the mighty Kauri trees, the expanse of Ninety Mile Beach and the mystique of Cape Reinga.
Diving the Poor Knights Islands - Shared
Twenty three kilometres off New Zealand’s Tutukaka Coast and washed by warm currents swept South from the Coral Sea, the Poor Knights Islands are an international icon and one of the most renowned dive sites in the world.
Sailing on Cool Change - Private Day Sailing Charter
Cool Change is a stunning 54 ft sailing catamaran, offering you a totally unique way to experience New Zealand's world famous Bay of Islands. Your private charter will explore the beautiful bays and islands, with a delicious lunch onboard.
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Bay of Islands, Taupo, Hawkes Bay, Christchurch & Glenorchy
inc flights & transfers for 18 nights
- Explore natures playground from the comfort of New Zealand's most exclusive Super Lodges
- Devour sublime food, exceptional service, sumptuous accommodation - the utmost luxury in every respect
- Soak up unique locations, from wild cliff tops and rolling farmland to beside roaring rivers and crystal-clear lakes
Location & directions
Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Kauri Cliffs is located in the bay of islands, in the north island of New Zealand, set on 6,500 acres near Matauri Bay. Panoramic views encompass Cape Brett, the famous “hole in the rock” and the Cavalli Islands.
How to get there
Air New Zealand operates scheduled daily flights from Auckland to Bay of Islands (Kerikeri) Airport. Charter flights can also be organized. Kauri Cliffs will meet your flight and transfer you the 25-minutes to the Lodge upon request. Several helicopter companies operate flights from Auckland to Kauri Cliffs, flight time is 1-hour. Alternatively, for self-drive it's approximately 3-hours and 45-minutes from Auckland.
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