High up on the hilltops overlooking the Bay of Islands in the far north of New Zealand, the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs watches over its magical setting in luxurious splendour.
Recently voted in the Top 10 Luxury Adventure Lodges in the World by Forbes Magazine, it combines luxury accommodation with world-class golf, great hiking trails, excellent sport fishing, gorgeous beaches and plenty of adventure activities, both on and off the property.
The lodge is set within a 6,000 acre working farm, Kauri Station – quintessential New Zealand at its best. Guests can wander walkways through the property, join a farm tour or ride horses over the farm trails. These trails wend their way through gentle farmland and native forest before dropping down to sea level. Here riders can let loose and ride along deserted beaches – sand and sea and wind.
Accommodation is in 22 luxury suites near the main lodge. Each suite has a private porch, well-appointed bedroom with sitting area and open stone fireplace, walk-in wardrobe and bathroom. A two-suite Owners Cottage is the premium option. Set aside from the cottages it has a spectacular view opening across a private infinity pool to the sea beyond. A hot tub on the deck provides yet another option for total immersion.
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is probably best known for its world-class golf course. Designed by David Harman, the par-72 championship course has some of the best golf course views in the world. Six holes are perched on high cliffs above the sea and another nine have commanding ocean views. The remaining holes are set in farm land and near patches of native forest (called bush in New Zealand). There’s also an excellent practice range and chipping and putting greens. The course is 6510 metres (7119 yards) long and has five sets of tees, covering all skill levels. It is a very desirable course to play, and definitely one to add to your must-play list.
The Kauri Cliffs Spa, another gem, is tucked away in totara forest near a ferny grove. The inviting spa menu features many holistic treatments and indigenous products. Local manuka honey, kiwifruit body polish and fine kiwi mud are just some of the products used. There’s a great selection of massages, facials, reflexology, mud masks, body cleansing, manicures and pedicures. The full-day Aotearoa Day treatment combines several of these treatments with a morning tea and gourmet lunch in the garden for a most luxurious day of pampering.
What’s not to like about this beautiful place? The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs offers world-class luxury, golf and activities in a glorious setting high above the sea.
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