The Sanctuary

Nestled Amongst the Bush in the Northland, this retreat is a perfect location to detox from the digital and seek experiences that allow one to disconnect... and play great golf!

Located in the Nortland, the Sanctuary is situated above the beautiful Bay of Islands. This two level cedar-clad retreat was built in 2004 and merges seamlessly into the hillside. An ambience of tranquility and rest is throughout the space, backed by an unimpeded view of the bay and native bush reserve which surrounds the building.

With only a handful of rooms, this is a great location to base a small group or individual couples interested to play Kauri Cliffs and other Northland courses. Day trips to the Wairakei Treaty Grounds, day hikes in nearby pre-European forests and trips up to Cape Reinga also make this a great central location to explore the "winterless north."

Customer reviews

Can’t believe we’re on our final day - this was the trip to end all trips... Thanks as always for the help!

—Alan S., California, USA

Frank and the Best of NZ team were exceptional in their planning support and execution of our trip to NZ North Island. We gave them the parameters - dates and golf courses we wanted to play and the pacing we wanted for the trip in terms of days in each region - and they produced an absolutely amazing trip for us. All of the arrangements were flawlessly executed and we sailed through the trip effortlessly. their expert advice - how much driving vs. in country driving would be ideal for us to maximize our experience, the excursion to Cape Reinga which was amazing, having our dinner prepared the first night after a long day getting to Bay of Islands was perfect and the selection of accommodations in Hawke's Bay was brilliant.

We will never forget the spectacular views from Kauri Cliffs golf course, the jet boat rides in Taupo, cycling through the vineyards in Hawke's bay and ending up sipping chardonnay with lunch at Clearview winery, the splendor of playing golf among the birds and grounds at Wairakei, and ofcourse the spellbinding course at Cape Kidnappers. We could tell Best of NZ have strong relationships in NZ because the people we encountered in NZ as our guides/hosts reflected just that - professional and friendly. NZ was an amazing, epic experience for us and we could not have asked for better support and execution from Best of NZ/Frank and his team. We cant wait to go back, this time to the South Island!!!!

Thanks again Frank, YOU are the Best and the Best of NZ is truly the BEST!!

—Peter & Karen S., San Diego, CA