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

We could not have been happier with this trip! The Best of New Zealand, you and Frank, did an outstanding job planning our itinerary, and making this the trip of our dreams! All of the accommodations were superb, and the time coordination of flights, driving, etc. was great! It really allowed for a stress-free and fun vacation. We really felt like we experienced New Zealand at it’s very best, and would highly recommend you to all of our friends! We hope to return someday!

Thank you again!

—B St Hillaire, Florida

It was a trip of a lifetime with truly unique beauty not found anywhere else. A New Zealand trip requires a specialist who knows the lay of the land the unique challenges of traveling and sight-seeing there.

The country looks a lot smaller than it really is, and travel times are longer than one can assume.

The route chosen by Cristina helped us maximize our time there. I’m usually a do it yourself traveler, but for this trip I’m sure glad I had Cristina at Best of New Zealand.

—Dawn P., Highland Ranch, CO