The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs New Zealand
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
Tepene Tablelands Road, Matauri Bay, Northland
Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri Lodge.
Privately Owned, Julian H. Robertson Jnr.
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
Adrian Levy, General Manager
5 Star Luxury Lodge, Relais & Châteaux.
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
History & Story
Located on 6,000 acres near Matauri Bay, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs opened in 2001 and is Northland’s premier luxury vacation destination.
The Lodge affords spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean. Guests enjoy exquisite Pacific Rim cuisine prepared by our talented chefs whilst taking in stunning panoramic views of Cape Brett and the offshore Cavalli Islands from the verandas, lounge, card and dining rooms.
Offering 22 guest suites, three four-bedroom Residences and a Two Bedroom Owner’s Cottage. Every suite offers its own private porch, bedroom with sitting area and open fireplace, walk-in-wardrobe and ensuite. The cottages are nestled in a native forest overlooking the golf course and the Pacific Ocean.
Fish, dive or discover New Zealand’s pristine shorelines, play your best ever round on our world-class golf course or indulge in a therapeutic treatment at our full-service luxury spa. Kauri Cliffs is just a 45-minute flight from Auckland and offer a range of facilities that accommodate all luxury vacation requirements.
Kauri Cliffs were opened in 2001 with 16 suites. The interiors are by well known New Zealand designer Virginia Fisher in consultation with Josie Robertson.
Date added extensions
Additional suites were added in 2003 and 2019. The spa facility was added in 2006.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Amongst the leisure experiences available at Kauri Cliffs is the Par 72 Championship Golf Course, consistently ranked in the top 100 in the world and a world-class luxury spa facility. Boasting three private beaches, a waterfall, a native forest and many miles of marked walking trails the leisure opportunities at Kauri Cliffs are numerous.
Located on a 6,000-acre working sheep and cattle farm near Matauri Bay, just north of the Bay of Islands.
Key sites/activities in the area
The region is celebrated for its fishing, sailing and motor cruising within the Bay of Islands. Northland is considered the birthplace of New Zealand with its historical sites including Kerikeri basin, Waitangi and the seaside village of Russell. Day tours can reach the sand dunes of 90-mile beach on the west coast and the northernmost point of New Zealand, Cape Reinga where guests can see the Tasman and Pacific oceans meet.
Kauri Cliffs were home to the largest privately-owned Kauri Tree which has since been vested in the QEII Trust for protection and enjoyment by future generations.
Pink Beach, one of the three private beaches takes its name from the hue of the sand. On closer inspection, the sand is actually made up of tiny broken up shells which are where the colour comes from.
On Friday nights during the summer months (Dec-Mar), all guests are invited to enjoy a gourmet barbeque dinner at Pink Beach.
Kauri Cliffs welcome families with children of all ages to the lodge. Special attention is made to families with private dining, amenities and activities tailored to children and their ages.
22 suites, three four-bedroom Residences and a two-bedroom Owner’s Cottage
Kauri Cliffs offer accommodation in outlying guest cottages, each cottage has two guest suites side by side. The cottages are nestled on the edge of native forest with spectacular views overlooking the ocean and golf course.
Each suite features:
• High-speed wireless Internet,
• Remote control flat screen LCD TV, DVD, CD player with iPod connection,
• Security safe fully stocked complimentary mini-bar,
• Walk-in closet,
• Spacious bathroom with heated towel rack, over-sized bathtub and twin vanities.
Nestled in their own private enclave and situated just a few hundred metres from the Lodge are three new four-bedroom villas of generous proportions.
Inside the four-bedroom accommodations, each of the three residences carries its own individual style, featuring warm décors by acclaimed New Zealand interior designer Virginia Fisher that perfectly blend with the surrounding green hills and blue sea of Northland. The spacious lounge and living areas offer comfort and relaxation for guests, accompanied by a family-sized kitchen complete with a casual dining island and a butler’s pantry for exclusive chef service. Each residence features an expansive veranda that descends to a 25-foot saltwater pool and surrounding deck.
All four guest bedrooms offer spacious beds and wardrobes, private bathrooms and direct access to verandas. Guests in the master bedroom also enjoy memorable views of the picturesque farmland, award-winning golf course and the Pacific Ocean. Maintaining the same sparkling presentation as when guests arrive, suites are refreshed by housekeeping twice daily. The Residence experience continues outside, as guests can take a private golf cart to the main lodge just a short drive away to enjoy the resort’s activities to the fullest, with access to the tennis courts, walking trails, private beaches and the fitness center.
14 Deluxe Suites and 2 Deluxe Family Suites
Set away from the main lodge and on the edge of a native Totara forest overlooking the golf course and Cavalli Islands, the Deluxe Suites offer a spacious bedroom with a relaxing sitting area and fireplace, opening out to a large private balcony. Two of the Deluxe Suites offer an option to be reserved as a family suite with an interconnecting second smaller bedroom, making this ideal for children or nanny accommodation. The Deluxe Suites are 750 sq. ft. or 69.7 sq. m.
Overlooking the golf course and the Pacific Ocean, each of the six suites has a comfortable and generous bedroom with sitting area and open fireplace. The Suites measure 601 sq. ft. or 55.9 sq. m.
Two-Bedroom Owner’s Cottage
A home with a spacious main living and dining area impeccably decorated by Virginia Fisher. The Owner’s Cottage at Kauri Cliffs offers a true home away from home experience overlooking the golf course, and offshore Cavalli Islands. The accommodation is offered in two full suite bedrooms with walk-in-wardrobes and generous ensuite bathrooms. The cottage features open fireplaces in both bedrooms and the living room, stunning private infinity pool and outdoor Jacuzzi, and a study that can be converted to an optional third bedroom with a single bed, ideal for children or a nanny.
Restaurants & Bars
Our culinary team is led by Executive Chef Barry Frith. Included with the accommodation tariff are daily pre-dinner drinks and canapes, dinner, and full breakfast.
The dinner menu changes nightly and features local produce and seafood and our Pastry Chef is a master of tempting desserts.
Room service, picnics and private dining are available on request.
Kauri Cliffs Spa is nestled in a Totara forest overlooking a stream and offers a full range of massage, beauty and body therapies. The spa provides three treatment rooms including a couples signature spa suite plus a Vichy shower. The spa facility is complemented by an indoor heated lap pool, sauna, jacuzzi and well-equipped gymnasium.
In addition to the spa we have an outdoor infinity-edge swimming pool and hot tub, two astroturf tennis courts, marked hiking trails and mountain bikes for guest use.
Corporate & Celebration Events
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is the ideal location for retreats and special events ranging from 5 to 76 guests. With a collection of meeting and dining options within the main lodge, guests can enjoy gourmet cuisine whether it’s a degustation menu or simply something light and fun. All programmes are tailored to the individual client. Whether it’s a barbecue on Pink Beach after a strategic session, a spa session or a game of golf on our world-renowned golf course, the lodge service team will ensure it is delivered flawlessly.
Extra Notable Features
Horseback riding, land-based fishing, quad bike tours, farm tours, and night hunting are amongst the additional activities available at Kauri Cliffs.
Hotel & Restaurants Awards
Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Resort in Australia and New Zealand. #5
Conde Nast Traveler, Gold List Gold List of editors favourite hotels worldwide.
Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards Top Resorts in Australia in the South Pacific. #19
AFAR Magazine Travelers Choice Awards Best Hotel in the World for Outdoor Adventure.
Golf Digest World’s Greatest 100 Golf Courses. #37
Condé Traveler Gold List of editors’ favourite hotels.
Andrew Harper’s Top 20 Hideaways World’s Top 20 International Hideaways. #12
Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Awards named No 1 Resort in Australia and New Zealand
Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Awards Top 100 Hotels in the World. #4
Luxury Travel Magazine Gold List Best Overseas Golf Resort #6
Luxury Travel Magazine Gold List Best New Zealand Luxury Property within driving distance to a city. #7
Conde Nast Traveler (US) Readers Choice Top Hotels & Resorts in Australia and the South Pacific. #6
Golf Digest Awards Editor’s Choice for the Best Golf Resorts in Australasia
Golf Digest World Top 100 Courses. #49
• Andrew Harper Readers Choice Top 20 International Hideaways. #18
• Andrew Harper Readers Choice Top 20 Golf Resorts. #16
• Conde Nast Traveler (US) Readers Choice Top 25 Hotels & Resorts in Australia and the South Pacific. #2
• Conde Nast Traveler (US) Readers Choice The Best Hotels in the World. #60
• Conde Nast Traveller (UK) Top 20 Hotels in Australasia and South Pacific. #18
• Andrew Harper Readers Choice Top 20 Golf Resorts. #12
• Robb Report. The World’s Top 100 Awards.
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