The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

Named to Travel and Leisure's World Best 2017 this 6000 acre working farm near Matauri Bay has sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean

The Northland is the country's more temperate climate and a perfect location to place a world-class golf club. At approximately 4 hours north of Auckkland, Kauri Cliffs is a working 6,000+ acre farm overlooking Matauri Bay and not only one of New Zealand's premier luxury vacation destinations, but one of the best in the world. 

With 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, your views from high up on the cliffs provide panoramic views of Cape Brett and the nearby Cavalli Islands. The main lodge overlooks the golf course and Pacific, and consists of a spacious beamed living room, meeting room, card room spa, and fitness center.

As can be expected with any of the Julian Robertson properties (Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers, Matakauri) the gourmet food and service is among the best in the country. Both breakfast and a la carte dinner is included with your stay. 

Accommodations are comprised of 22 guest suites in addition to a luxurious 2-bedroom Owner’s Cottage. 

Eleven outlying guest cottages, each with two guest suites, provide the makeup of accommodations. Every suite offers its own private porch, comfortable bedroom and sitting area with gas fireplace, walk-in wardrobe and spacious bathroom.

Views overlook the course, native forest and farther to the Pacific Ocean.

The spa at Kauri Cliffs is nestled at the edge of a totara forest and has a choice of massages, body, water, skin and nail treatments. Mens and ladies locker rooms, sauna, jacuzzi and 100 foot heated indoor lap pool are available in addition to a fitness center with full spectrum of equipment and weights.

With more than 1000 acres of native bush on property, guests are able to enjoy a variety of walks and hikes. Highlights include the Hikurua River and its waterfall in addition to a massive Kauri tree.

Other attractions in the area include Tane Mahuta (the world's largest Kauri), Doubtless Bay, the Puketi Forest walk, Rainbow Falls and Waitangi Treaty House. Half and full-day sailing, deep sea fishing and diving are also options for those who plan to explore the area.

Customer reviews

Highlights Of The Trip: Getting off the plane in Queenstown – overwhelmed with the beauty. The boat ride in Queenstown to experience the expansiveness.

The drive from Queenstown to Franz Joseph - the mountains and glacier lakes that went on forever. Our lunch spot that day at a campsite on a lake. Abel Tasman: this is where I want to return and spend a week to hike the entire trail. Spent the day biking in Napier to wineries.

—Mary Jean S., Chapel Hill, NC

I can’t thank you enough for your help planning a truly memorable vacation. Yuliya and I had an amazing time. Two definite highlights were the sailboat charter and the Marlborough Lodge. Nik and his girlfriend Natalie were such a pleasure to meet and spend a perfect day with. The Marlborough Lodge is one of the nicest places I have ever stayed. From the room, to the staff and the exquisite food it was top notch. I have referred you to a couple of my friends who are planning trips next year and when We make it back, you will be our first call. Thank you again for everything.

—Matt & Yuliya B., Long Beach, CA