The Farm at Cape Kidnappers sits atop rolling hills and rugged cliffs that give way to vast sea views and an ever-present horizon. Far out to the east of Hawke’s Bay wine country, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers sits atop rolling hills and rugged cliffs that give way to vast sea views and an ever-present horizon.
Home to not only a lodge and spa, this unique property also boasts one of the world’s top golf courses, a sanctuary for some of New Zealand’s most precious flora and fauna, and a working farm. Warm and enveloping, Cape Kidnappers generous suites offer sumptuous comfort and awe-inspiring views in equal parts.
Ranked as one of the top two hotels in New Zealand and Australia by Travel + Leisure, and within the top 20 hotels in the world by Conde Nast Traveller, Cape Kidnappers delivers stunning exclusive guest experiences including the Can-Am Farm Tour, Kiwi Discovery Walk, Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony and much, much more.
Hawke’s Bay is a region of diverse and magnificent land-scapes, from mountains and hill country, to inland and coastal plains, occupying around 14,000 square kilometres on the eastern side of New Zealand’s North Island.
Blessed with fertile soils, an ideal contour, and a warm temper-ate climate, the region is known for its award winning wine and thousands of acres of orchards and farms.
The region’s stunning coastline offers visitors an endless array of activities from water sports and beach horse treks, to wildlife encounters, exquisite wine tastings and much, much more.
This palatial retreat sits in a magnificent, elevated position to take every advantage of its extraordinary location. Set atop 6,000 acres of stunning pasture-land in Hawke’s Bay, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers affords spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean.
This expansive, luxurious cottage has four deluxe bedrooms, each with their own open fireplaces, spacious bathrooms and private balconies, with stunning views. Attention to detail reigns supreme as every comfort has been anticipated to ensure an exceptional hospitality experience.
The large and generous living spaces have been cleverly configured so they can be enjoyed as a two-bedroom or four-bedroom cottage.
This exclusive villa has a large living room with stone fireplace, open kitchen and dining area, cooking facilities for a chef if private in-house dining is preferred, two sitting rooms with fireplaces and sumptuous seating, entrance foyer, powder room, stone terrace and outdoor jacuzzi.
This private hideaway is conveniently located just a short walk from the main lodge and day spa.
The eight Ridge Suites at Cape Kidnappers are deluxe category suites, set atop a skyline ridge with uninterrupted across the Hawke’s Bay. Spacious and with full wet minibars, Ridge Suites include a luxurious seating area beside a fireplace that opens out to a large private balcony.
Close to lodge facilities including pool, spa and main lodge buildings, the Ridge Suites are beautifully appointed and will make you feel instantly at home. 683 sq. ft. / 63 sq. m.
With a stunning rustic-luxe design, the four Lodge Suites are located adjacent to the main Lodge building, offering the convenience of proximity to lodge facilities. Each room has a spectacular uninterrupted view of the farm, golf course and the Hawke’s Bay as well as full (wet) mini bar. 708 sq. ft. / 65 sq. m.
Perched atop the hill, Cape Kidnappers eight Hilltop Suites offer a magnificent view over the lodge and golf course to the vast Pacific. Offering comfort and spectacular vistas these thoughtfully-designed rooms have private balconies, king-sized beds and elegant bathrooms with twin vanities. 500 sq. ft. / 46.5 sq. m.
Hilltop Family Suite
Situated on top of the hill above the Lodge overlooking the rolling farmland to the Pacific Ocean, the two Hilltop Family Suites offer parents a comfortable Master Bedroom and sitting area with private balcony, walk in closet and spacious bathroom.
The second bedroom offers twin single beds and a separate disabled access ensuite bathroom suitable for children of all ages.
Cape Kidnapper’s harvests an abundance of crops from its own extensive vegetable, fruit and herb gardens.
Generous access to such premium, fresh produce is one of the strong elements that defines the seasonal nature of the cuisine created by Head Chef, James Honore, and his brigade of chefs. With menus changing on a daily basis everything can be showcased at its very best, when crops have reached their peak of flavour.
When James needs to look beyond the farm gates for additional ingredients, he has the good fortune to be able to source stunning produce from the bounty that Hawke’s Bay is so renowned for.
James has long-standing relationships with small, specialty, artisan producers to ensure our guests are presented with exquisite, fine cuisine, during their stay.
For guests who are staying with us, all meals are included within their tariff. We do welcome day guests who would like to dine with us for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is subject to advance booking and availability.
We invite you to relax and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit at The Spa at Cape Kidnappers. Located at the top of the path leading from the main lodge to the Hilltop suites, the spa’s incredible views of Hawke’s Bay will calm and relax you before your treatment even begins.
With 3 treatment rooms (including a couple’s suite, perfect for honeymooners), we offer a collection of massage styles, facials, pedicures, manicures and hair care. All spa treatments are 60-90 minutes in length and packages can be customised to suit your individual needs.
Healing Manuka Honey Facial
The perfect facial for all skin types, experience the power of the New Zealand’s world-renowned healing Manuka Honey. Helps improve cellular regeneration thereby improving skin texture and skin smoothness. Also helps to promote collagen production.
Cocoon Body Treatment
This body treatment will care for your entire body, from head to toe. Starting with a full body exfoliation using customised body scrub made from organic products and natural oils, enjoy a scalp massage during a manuka honey or thermal mud body wrap selected to suit your skin’s needs, and finish with a relaxing massage.
Hot Stone Massage
If you would like to experience our Hot Stone Massage, kindly advise in advance. This massage is offered as a sedative, ritualised treatment for relaxation.
Large heated New Zealand river stones are placed on key areas on the body while smaller stones are used as an extension of your therapist’s hands to melt away stress and muscle tension.
Each year Cape Kidnappers curates special interest and lifestyle events for discerning travellers. Whether it be a nine-night tour showcasing the best of New Zealand or a weekend of indulgent cuisine and fine wine, events are announced throughout the year so visit regularly for more information.
Weddings In New Zealand
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is a palatial retreat with an everlasting horizon. Perched on rolling farmland that gives way to dramatic, rugged cliffs, this property will take your breath away and restore it all in a moment.
Set atop 6,000 acres of stunning pasture-land in Hawke’s Bay, Cape Kidnappers affords spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, providing a dramatic backdrop to your perfect day.
Cape Kidnappers offers 28 bedrooms in a combination of Hilltop Suites, Hilltop Family Suites with an interconnecting second bedroom ideal for children, Ridge Suites, Lodge Suites and a Four Bedroom Owner’s Cottage. All offer the choice of twin or king beds for a maximum of 56 guests.
Private dining options include the Wine Cellar (for 12), Small Dining Room (12), Main Dining Room (32), Small/Main dining rooms (65), Loggia (56), Club House (56), Owner’s Cottage (12), Front Lawn—marquee option (120). With everything in one place, you’re left to simply enjoy your day at this incredible property.
Cape Kidnappers is the ideal location for retreats and special events. Uniquely located in 6500 acres of private land on the famous Cape Kidnappers peninsula, the lodge provides the most dramatic framework for an event or programme which could range from four to 56 guests.
With a collection meeting and dining options within the main lodge, guests can enjoy delicious cuisine, whether it’s a degustation menu or simply something light and fun.
Resembling a cluster of farm buildings and with breath-taking views of the dramatic golf course and the Pacific Ocean, Cape Kidnappers has 22 suites and a four-bedroom Owner’s Cottage that provides even more privacy.
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers can cater for an array of events and is well suited to those seeking privacy and discretion.
All programmes are tailored to the individual client so if it’s a strategic session followed by a game of golf on the world renowned Tom Doak designed course, or Can-Am tours across the property’s dramatic ravines, Cape Kidnappers will help make it happen, seamlessly and stylishly.
With a number of exclusive dining locations, Cape Kidnappers has everything you need for your next private function.
And whether that is a weekend away for a family reunion, an evening honouring a loved one or a thank you to valued team members, our team would be delighted to help ensure your special occasion is truly memorable.
Families at Cape Kidnappers
Every day, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers welcomes families of all sizes and ages. Jet-setting families have chosen Cape Kidnappers for the generations with our educational, interactive and destination inspired activities a firm favourite.
Once on property, families delight in the convenience of having attentive, family-friendly staff to curate their stay from experiences, day trips and dining to all the little details in between.
Fabulous Dining, Golf & Spa Experiences for Day Visitors
Cape Kidnappers warmly welcomes day visitors to enjoy indulgent dining with full breakfasts, delicious three-course lunches and exquisite fine dining options for dinner. You may like to take time to combine a delicious meal with a round of golf playing the award-winning course, or relaxing treatments in the day Spa.
Advance reservations are essential and our welcoming team will be delighted to help you plan your perfect day at Cape Kidnappers with bookings for just one or all three available activities.
Golf at Cape Kidnappers
Designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak, the Cape Kidnappers par 71 golf course measures 7,147 yards (6,569 meters) and will challenge golfers of all skill levels.
Completed in 2004, our spectacular New Zealand golf course has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf. Built on a ridge-and-valley landscape and with stunning sea views, Cape Kidnappers Golf Course plays high above the ocean atop dramatic cliffs.
With cliff-edge fairways perched 140 metres above sea level and with surface that remains firm and fast, this course offers holes unlike anything you find elsewhere in the world.
While every hole has a spectacular view of the Bay, some play cautiously alongside deep ravines as others intimidate golfers with deep cliff top bunkers and sheer drops off the very edge of the earth.
The golf complex includes a world-class practice range, putting and chipping greens, a well-stocked golf shop, club house and ladies’ and mens’ locker rooms. Premium ladies’ and mens’ rental clubs are available.
Sunrise Breakfast at Black Reef
Enjoy a panoramic sunrise perched above the spectacular cliffs of Cape Kidnappers’ Black Reef. Tuck into a delicious breakfast as you are entertained by the activity of the resident Gannet colony nearby.
After breakfast, enjoy a Can-Am tour of the property taking in all the iconic sights – breathtaking views of the lighthouse, Shark’s Tooth Island, the main Gannet colony and Flat Rock.
Private, Rangaika Beach Picnic
our exhilarating Can-Am journey to and from historic Rangaika Beach is the perfect way to see the vast landscape enclosing The Farm at Cape Kidnappers. Four-wheel drive to the very end of Ocean Beach and Flat Rock, then power along the old creek bed, and on to Rangaika Beach.
Unpack your delicious picnic and relax with swimming, snorkelling, beach cricket or fling a frisbee. Four to five hours of fun and adventure, including travelling time of one hour each way.
Exciting Night Tour of Cape Sanctuary
This 90-minute guided adventure offers a rare insight into the nocturnal, natural world of Cape Sanctuary, and its most elusive resident, our rare and endangered Kiwi bird. A once in a lifetime experience to encounter our native wildlife its natural habitat.
Your knowledgeable guide will share amazing insights about the extraordinary Kiwi, while your explore the famed Cape Kidnappers Golf Course by night.
The excitement builds during stops at the Kiwi birds’ favourite grub hunting spots and visit to the Kaka Aviary, when a stealthy walk through their feeding area, will reveal more rare birdlife to observe.
Largely inaccessible to regular vehicles, Cape Kidnappers is best explored by Can-Am. Discover this rugged terrain with a personal guide as you travel to the very edges of this vast coastal property.
Breathe in the southward views towards Ocean Beach and Bare Island before turning back to unrivalled vistas across the entire farm towards Napier and the surrounding ranges; venture through an old creek bed, across expansive farmland and down to historic Rangaika Beach.
Ideal for all age groups and fitness levels, this tour is an absolute highlight.