The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

At a Glance

  • Located on the dramatic Hawke’s Bay coastline, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers boasts spectacular views across the ocean from the main lodge, or even as you tee up on the onsite golf course.

  • There is plenty on offer at Cape Kidnappers – here you can find yourself meeting local kiwi birds in the morning; exploring the vast 6,000-acre station by horseback in the afternoon; before sipping on Hawke’s Bay plonk by evening.

  • From the large ensuite bathrooms to the stunning balconies, you can expect total comfort and luxury in your suite at Cape Kidnappers

  • With a sheep and cattle station, as well as an onsite vegetable garden, you can expect your handcrafted meals at Cape Kidnappers to feature fresh and locally sourced produce from the property and the wider Hawke’s Bay region.

  • Dive into the dazzling heated infinity pool or, better yet, sit back in one of the poolside cabanas with a cold glass of sauvignon blanc as you look out to the ocean beyond.

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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.

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Insider's View

For an amazing private dining experience, ask to dine in the grain silo, where your table will be set up in front of the fire ready to sample some of the incredible, local cuisine and stunning Hawke's Bay wines.

If you aren’t a golfing pro, why not experience some of New Zealand's most stunning landscapes by foot. This 6000 acre property has many routes that are well mapped out, ranging from 40 minutes to 6 hours. The black reef Gannet Colony was a huge highlight for me!

Take the opportunity to hop on one of their golf buggies for an excellent way to cover some of the dramatic landscape on the property.

Take yourself off either with the hotel's four by four or a long walk down to the famous cliffs and see the fluffy gannets.

Plan a wonderful hour cycling along the side of vineyards with before some cheese and wine tasting's - great views and great way to see Hawkes Bay.

Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday to The Farm at Cape Kidnappers or take a look at our itineraries to New Zealand


Situated in one of New Zealand's most important wine districts, Hawke's Bay is rich with history and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is the luxury choice in this fabulous area. This luxurious lodge is perched high above the ocean with spectacular views.

Set in 6,000 acres of rolling pastures, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers' terrain is reminiscent of Montana but plunges 800 feet into the sea at Hawke's Bay. The farm incorporates the accommodation of a boutique lodge, an award winning 71 par golf course and indulgent spa treatment facilities. With 180 degree panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and a multitude of activities, Cape Kidnappers provides the prefect escape from reality.

A combination of stone and weathered wood, the lodge buildings combine rustic materials with comfortable up-to-date furniture, creating the feeling of being in a cosy and welcoming home. The main lodge features many warm and welcoming common areas in which to relax including the lounge, dining room and various 'outdoor rooms'. Guests gather each evening over a drink to discuss the adventures of the day before sampling the fresh local cuisine in the dining room or at one of the property's many romantic private dining locations.

All 22 of Cape Kidnappers' stunning suites have panoramic views of the farm, golf course and the Pacific Ocean from their private deck and large picture windows so that you never feel disconnected from the enormity of the landscape surrounding you. Every creature comfort has been attended to with a clean, crisp style dominating throughout. For families or groups the Owner's Suite is a private four-bedroom retreat with kitchen, large sitting room, open plan kitchen and private Jacuzzi where you can sit and admire the majestic views from the ridgetop location.

Cape Kidnappers has a stunning 50’ heated infinity pool and Jacuzzi with outstanding views over the farmland and to the sea beyond. After a wonderful day of exploring this fabulous area, having had a tiring game of golf, a quad biking or hiking trip or simply sampling the wide selection of regional wines, return to Cape Kidnappers to the fabulous Spa that is located on the hillside above the Lodge and is guaranteed to relax and rejuvenate in time for tomorrow's adventures.

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The four Lodge Suites are the largest suites and are conveniently located in the main lodge. The 10 Hilltop Suites and two Hilltop Rooms (which are used in conjunction with a suite) sit on top of the hill above the lodge and afford wonderful views and are conveniently located for the spa. The eight Ridge Suites are a short walk from the lodge and are spacious with fireplaces. The four-bedroom luxury Owners Cottage is also in this area and has a large living room, open plan kitchen and outdoor Jacuzzi. All suites feature: air-conditioning, LCD TV with DVD player, safe, minibar, walk in wardrobe, and bathroom with: heated towel rack, twin vanities, bathtub and separate shower and separate WC.


Children are very welcome at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers and several of the rooms interconnect or families might like the Owner's Cottage, complete with kitchen, which can be rented as a one or two bedroom house. Children's menus, babysitting service, cots and much more is available to families and activities can be tailored according to your children's ages, interests and abilities. Private dining arrangements can be made for families with children under the age of 12 after 7pm.


The lodge prides itself on its low 'food miles' and with its own vegetable garden and the abundant produce in the Hawke's Bay area, meals are deliciously fresh from the gourmet breakfasts, light lunches, picnic baskets and fine dinners (which can be taken privately or in the dining room), prior to which guests can convene for drinks and canapés. There is a wine cellar with tasting room, library, heated infinity pool, Jacuzzi, gym, indulgent hilltop luxury spa and golf course with clubhouse.


Complimentary activities include mountain biking, nature walks (backpacks, blankets and picnics can be provided as can a guide) and property tours. Also available is golf, four wheel drive experiences, quad biking, Gannet colony tours and boat trips.



Jules Maury (Staff)

A wonderful position perched high on the bluff of Cape Kidnapper's Bay overlooking Hawkes Bay and the emerald dips and curves of their award winning golf course. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is all about soaring ceilings, stunning decor and eclectic mixes of 'designer rustic' furniture designed to create a beautiful relaxing venue with 360 degree views. Suites are either located close to the main building or on the hillside behind - all with beautiful views to the sea and Hawkes Bay. The Owner's four bedroom cottage is a dream home with 360 degree views from the hot tub over blue seas and immaculate gardens. Possibly one of the most beautifully designed retreats ever. Excellent food, fabulous service from General Manager Euan and his team led by James and a view from their conservatory of the sunset is a must if you can bag a table.


Sarah Rowan (Staff)

Winning the award for the longest drive (about a 15 minute journey from the gate!), this was never going to be an understated lodge. On the contrary, this is the ultimate luxury lodge; set in an incredible location, amidst 6,000 acres of sprawling, tumbling New Zealand countryside, with an ocean and mountain backdrop, plus fitted with an award wining golf course to top it all off (voted 22nd best golf course in the world in 2014). The setting, style and service are all 5*, so you are thoroughly spoilt from the second you buzz on the front gate. An abundance of outdoor activities are fully complimented by the stunning spa and gym, plus wine cellar and excellent restaurant with a gorgeous terrace. The suites are all effortlessly chic and for those wanting the ultimate in holiday luxury, the Owners Cottage is pretty spectacular and hard to beat.


Katie Kennard (Staff)

Having embarked on their 15 minute winding drive, you knew you were in for a treat. As you approach the cape, the views up the coast are stunning. The place had a very fresh feel about it and the staff are incredibly lively and keen to get to know you. The villas had an abundance of natural light, beams of light shone directly into the bathrooms and bedrooms; the pool is a great sun trap too. The sunset was unmatchable, and their terrace is an excellent place to dine, with views out over the golf course and out into the Pacific Ocean. There are many options for the whole family, including enjoying their pool and spa, long walks to the gannet colony and Kiwi Sanctuary and days golfing, not to forget clay pigeon shooting. Although I stayed in their ridge suites, there hilltop suites are equally luxurious and have a remote feel to them, and have the added bonus of being close to the Spa. I'm sadly not a golfer however this is the place to go!


Olivia Smith (Staff)

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is the sister property to the majestic Kauri Cliffs, set in the heart of Hawkes Bay with incredible views over the rolling fields and to the sea beyond. The property is the ultimate in rustic luxury, combining relaxed country dcor with a superbly luxurious finish, incredible service and divine food.

The rooms are set either just above the main lodge or to the side with jaw-dropping views over the rolling fields and to the sea beyond. All have little balconies on the front with chairs and table and staggering views over the property. The rooms are decorated in soft creams and beiges and have a lovely cosy feel, reinforcing your amazing countryside location with very rustic feel, making you feel really welcome and at home.


  • Best of the Bay Maori Tour (Private)

    Discover the varied delights of the Hawkes Bay region on this private full day tour. With each tour being custom designed you can rest assured that you will experience the Best of the Bay tailored exactly to your needs.

  • Golf at Cape Kidnappers

    Designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak, the Cape Kidnappers par 71 golf course and will challenge golfers of all skill levels. It's an overwhelming experience to stand up on the cliffs, 140 metres above sea level, and look out across the waves.

  • Marlborough Private Wine Tour

    Marlborough is well known for its wines, gourmet cuisine, beautiful gardens, award winning olive oils and inspirational artists. Come and enjoy the wineries, breweries and attractions of the Marlborough wine region.

  • Rainbow Springs and Kiwi Encounter (Shared)

    Rainbow Springs is set in 22 acres of beautiful native trees and streams and is home to a huge variety of New Zealand’s wildlife, particularly the shy but iconic Kiwi. This is the place to come face to face with New Zealand's famous avian inhabitant.

  • Scott Dunn Suggests Lodge activities from Cape Kidnappers

    There are plenty of activities on offer on-property at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, from hiking trails and horse-riding, to clay-target shooting and of course the exceptional golf.

  • Self Guided On Yer Bike Winery Tour

    The vineyards, olive groves and farmland of the Bridge Pa Triangle are yours to explore by bike, stopping as you wish to enjoy a wine tasting in the many wine estates of the area.

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Location & directions

Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

Set atop 6,000 rolling acres of stunning pasture-land in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers affords spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean. Cape Kidnappers marks the end of the Hawkes Bay at its southern-most point, 20km out of Napier. 100m tall jagged rock formations protrude from the ocean at the end of the 8km peninsula.

How to get there

Air New Zealand operates at least 8 scheduled flights daily from Auckland (55-minutes) or Wellington (50-minutes) to Napier (Hawke's Bay) Airport. Cape Kidnappers lodge staff will meet you off your flight upon request.

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