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The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

Matauri Bay, North Island, New Zealand

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is located in the Bay of Islands, on the North Island of New Zealand. This property is one of the most awarded luxury boutique golf & spa resort hotels in the world and is set on 6,500 oceanfront acres. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs affords spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and is home to a par 72 PGA championship golf course currently ranked 74th in the world by GOLF Magazine and 49th best by Golf Digest.


Kauri Cliffs is also a member of Relais & Châteaux, an exclusive collection of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in the world. The entire Lodge complex has been designed in the Hamptons style and exudes a rustic, farm-like luxury.  It is owned by Robertson Lodges who also own Cape Kidnappers Resort in Hawke’s Bay. Resting on an unspoilt coastline where high cliffs nestle into three pristine private beaches, Kauri Cliffs is experiential travel at its best.

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    Golf Course Information

    Kauri Cliffs was designed and built by David Harman of Golf Course Consultants, Orlando, Florida. The par 72 championship golf course measures 7,119 yards / 6,510 metres and offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level. Fifteen holes view the Pacific Ocean, six of which are played alongside cliffs which plunge to the sea. The beautiful inland holes wind through marsh, forest and farmland. Kauri Cliffs Golf Course is currently ranked #37 in the world by Golf Digest Top 100 Greatest Golf Courses in the World. Read more about the Kauri Cliffs golf course here.


    Owner’s Cottage

    Exquisitely designed in the timeless Hamptons-style, the Owner’s Cottage at Kauri Cliffs comes appointed with an eastward-facing infinity pool, jacuzzi and sun-drenched patio, as well as a westward-facing sheltered tropical courtyard. It sleeps four people with two king beds and two bathrooms. An open fireplace adorns one of the bedrooms, as well as a grand twin vanity bathroom and supersized walk-in robe. The guest wing of the Owner’s Cottage features the same amenities as the main wing, whilst the villa’s kitchen, outdoor barbecue and cooking facilities are fully equipped if private in-house dining is preferred.



    Kauri Cliffs Suites are nestled into the hillside overlooking luscious farmland, the golf course and ocean. The Hamptons-designed suites come adorned with open fire places, east-facing balconies, king-sized beds, and elegant bathrooms with twin vanities. They sleep two people with one King-bed and one bathroom.


    Deluxe Suite

    Sleeping two people in one king-bed, the Deluxe Suites offer a larger size than the regular suites, and stand elevated, with magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean. The Deluxe Suites include a luxurious seating area beside an open fireplace, armoire with flat-screen TV and sound system, with a large private balcony overlooking the golf course and offshore Cavalli Islands. These Suites can accommodate an additional single bed.


    Deluxe Family Suite

    The Family Suite offers the same Deluxe Suite layout for the Master Bedroom with a second adjoining bedroom that is perfect for children or a nanny. With a spacious Master Bedroom, beautifully appointed sitting area with fireplace that opens out to a large private balcony, the Deluxe Family Suite offers both space and privacy for either travelling families or close friends.

    Resort Dining

    The Northland region that Kauri Cliffs inhabits possesses the freshest ingredients that the lodge uses for its delectable cuisine. Fun to eat, well-balanced and above all, easy to understand, Chef Frith draws inspiration from a wide base of international cuisines as he prepares the menu daily at Kauri Cliffs, ensuring that each dining experience is different than the last. With an emphasis on local produce and providers, Frith and his brigade of chefs maintain relatively low food miles with fish often caught and cooked on the same day. Guests can choose from a variety of dining spaces, including the Main Dining Room, Tiger Room, Green Room and Verandas, with private dining arranged upon request.


    “We champion local growers and seasonal fresh produce.” Chef Frith.

    Resort Facilities

    Kauri Cliffs Spa & Fitness Centre

    The spa at Kauri Cliffs is nestled at the edge of a Totara forest, overlooking a verdant fern glen and gently winding stream. Each treatment room, including the couple’s treatment room, has floor to ceiling views and opens into a private outdoor patio with forest surroundings and native birdsong. The spa has four treatment rooms, locker rooms with showers, a sauna, jacuzzi spa pool, indoor heated lap pool and fitness centre with a range of exercise equipment and free weights. The spa offers a range of treatments that can be personalised to suit you, including hydrotherapy, invigorating body massages and elegant nail polish and designs.


    Sea Kayaking

    Discover the coastal flora and fauna that makes this one of the most scenic regions in the world as you paddle and learn about the tribal and European settlement of the region. If you’re lucky you might even have the chance to encounter dolphins or spot little blue penguins/ kororā during your voyage. Refuel at the unpopulated Little Waiaua Bay with a gourmet picnic lunch and wines to match, then continue your paddle on the Pacific Ocean or dive under and discover the marine life by snorkelling the sheltered kelp reefs.



    Fishing around the Bay of Islands is almost religious. A local guide can join you at one of the beaches on the property and test your skill at hooking a snapper or Kahawai (similar to a blue fish). You may then bring it up to the lodge where the head chef will prepare it for your dinner, which characterises the freshness of Kauri Cliffs cuisine.



    Surf some of New Zealand’s most beautiful untouched scenery including Kauri Cliffs. It is as though nature designed the Northland coastline with surfers in mind. Tiny coves, long sandy beaches, river mouths, point breaks, sandbars and reefs; all within a short drive. Enjoy a two-hour beginner’s lesson at Kauri Cliffs or an all-day Surf-safari of Northland beaches.


    Guided Heritage Discovery

    Journey through time as your experienced guide unravels the rich and diverse tapestry of history and culture that all took place at the vast property. From the resting place of one the indigenous Maori’s original seven migratory waka to the arrival of Captain James Cook at Waiaua Bay, the birth of the first New Zealand European child and the generations of the pioneer families that followed, the Kauri Cliffs property has laid witness to it all.

    How to Get There

    The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is situated on the far north coast of the North Island in New Zealand. Getting there via car will take some time: almost four hours directly from Auckland. We suggest you fly from Auckland to the Bay of Islands Airport at Kerikeri, which is located just 30-minutes from The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs. Voyages.golf can assist with all flights, rental cars or transfers that you may need.

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