Welcome to The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, a luxury lodge in the Bay of Islands where you can discover the beauty of panoramic views across the untouched coastline and deep blue ocean. Sophisticated and elegant, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs glows in morning light as the sun rises to reveal panoramic views across the Pacific.
Tastefully designed by Virginia Fisher expressly with you in mind, the lodge is timelessly beautiful; offering space, comfort and complete relaxation amidst the homeliness of soft furnishings, warm carpets and blonde woods.
Resting on an unspoilt coastline where high cliffs nestle into three pristine private beaches, Kauri Cliffs is experiential travel at its best. Named the number one resort in Australia and New Zealand by Travel + Leisure, Kauri Cliffs is a leisure travellers dream.
Activities abound with the David Harman-designed golf course, immersive local heritage tours, bountiful fishing, and bush walks, mountain biking, quad biking and spa sanctuary hidden within native forest.
The opulent and elegant suites at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs glow in the morning light as the sun rises to reveal panoramic views across the blue Pacific Ocean.
Sumptuously designed by Virginia Fisher expressly with you in mind, the spacious Suites, Deluxe Suites and Family Suites offer peace, comfort and complete relaxation.
With attention to detail that is second to none, you’ll feel immediately at home in the thoughtfully designed suites, spacious bathrooms and east-facing balconies.
Set away from the main lodge and amongst native New Zealand forest, the 22 guest suites are housed as pairs in outlying cottages near to the lodge spa, gymnasium, tennis courts and swimming pools. Perfect for those seeking luxury accommodation in Bay of Islands.
The Region – Kauri Cliffs, Northland
Northland is renowned for its spectacular coastlines, marine reserves and kauri forests. The natural landscape is its playground. With pristine, white sand beaches, an abundance of maritime sports, a relaxed and a long, hot summer, Northland consistently draws visitors from around New Zealand and the globe.
Leisure activities abound in the stunning Bay of Islands with sailing, kayaking and dolphin sight-seeing all available year-round.
Kauri Cliffs for families
Every day, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs welcomes families of all sizes and ages. Jet-setting families have chosen Kauri Cliffs 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.
The exquisitely-appointed main lounge is sumptuous and welcoming, and opens eastward to an infinity pool, jacuzzi and sun-drenched patio, and westward to a luscious, sheltered tropical courtyard.
The Master Wing includes a Deluxe Suite bedroom with king-sized bed and seating area with an open fireplace that opens out to the east facing patio, a grand twin vanity bathroom and supersized walk-in wardrobe. The adjoining study can also be converted into a third bedroom with single bed, ideal for children or a nanny.
The Guest Wing has a second Deluxe Suite bedroom with an open fireplace, walk-in wardrobe and generous bathroom. While just a short walk from all the amenities of this world-class lodge, the villa’s kitchen, outdoor barbecue and cooking facilities are fully equipped if private in-house dining is preferred.
This large (4,200 square foot) home has been impeccably decorated by Virginia Fisher and offers a true home-away-from-home. It is ideal for families or couples who are looking for something truly special for their next escape.
The Residences at Kauri Cliffs
Nestled in their own private enclave, just a few hundred metres from the Lodge, are three stunning new four-bedroom villas.The Residences offer all the amenity and comfort afforded by a luxury home, as well as the benefits of full lodge facilities, complemented by Kauri Cliffs’ experiences and celebrated service.
Featuring superb interior design by Virginia Fisher, The Residences, each with their own individual style, herald the same elegance and comfort that is synonymous with Kauri Cliffs, while showcasing the spectacular natural landscape of Northland, New Zealand.
Designed for total relaxation and comfort the superb interiors seamlessly complement the magnificent ocean views beyond.A stay at The Residences at Kauri Cliffs allows you to design your stay to suit your personal needs.
Enjoy access to Kauri Cliffs resort facilities such as tennis courts, walking trails, three private beaches and a fitness centre, with an indoor heated lap pool, jacuzzi and sauna.
Deluxe Family Suite
The family suites offer the same Deluxe Suite layout for the Master Bedroom with a second adjoining bedroom that is perfect for children or a nanny.
With a spacious master bedroom, beautifully-appointed sitting area with fireplace that opens out to a large private balcony, the Deluxe Family Suite offers both space and privacy for travelling families.
The second bedroom can be configured with twin single beds or a king sized bed, and has a separate disabled access ensuite bathroom suitable for children of all ages.
Kauri Cliffs’ Northland location provides a bounty of the freshest ingredients for delectable cuisine. Fun to eat, well balanced and above all, easy to understand, Chef draws inspiration from a wide base of international cuisines as he prepares the daily menus at Kauri Cliffs.
With an emphasis on local produce and providers, Chef and his brigade of chefs maintain relatively low food miles with fish often caught and cooked on the same day. We champion local growers and seasonal fresh produce.
The focus is on finding the best available product and creating dishes for guests using punchy flavour combinations, yet put together in a simple way so as to highlight the ingredients own natural beauty with the greatest of visual impact.
Guests can choose from a variety of dining spaces, including the Main Dining Room, Tiger Room, Green Room and Verandas, with private dining arranged upon request.
The Spa at Kauri Cliffs
We invite you to relax, rejuvenate and revive your spirit in a tranquil space where nature prevails. Our Spa is nestled at the edge of a Totara forest, overlooking a verdant fern glen and winding stream.
Each treatment room, including our couple’s room, has floor to ceiling views and opens onto a private outdoor patio with forest surroundings and native birdsong.
The spa has four treatment rooms, locker rooms with showers, a sauna, Jacuzzi spa pool, indoor heated lap pool and fitness centre, with a range of exercise equipment and free weights.
At Kauri Cliffs Spa, we are committed to providing quality treatments that are personalised to suit you. We offer a variety of services, including different styles of massage, luxurious facials, hydrotherapy, invigorating body treatments and elegant nail polish and designs.
Waterfall Hydrotherapy Treatment
This is a vichy shower treatment which begins with a full body scrub while you relax under eight, individually controlled water jets. You can choose between enjoying the body exfoliation only, or add a massage to your experience in one of our picturesque treatment rooms.
Healing Manuka Honey Facial
Utilising the rejuvenating and healing benefits of our locally made and harvested manuka honey we have created this beautiful facial which is suitable for all skin types and especially good for those who have been enjoying the outdoor elements. A nourishing and calming facial.
Kauri Cliffs is the perfect place to celebrate and honour your lifetime milestones. From weddings, to events, anniversaries and corporate meet and retreats, our service professionals will work with you to ensure your event is seamlessly delivered.
Each year Kauri Cliffs 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.
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, stylish and elegant and with three private beaches, is the ultimate destination wedding venue. This classic lodge glows in soft light as the stunning 180 degree panorama of the Pacific Ocean, Cape Brett and offshore Cavalli Islands glisten.
Sitting elegantly atop 6000 acres of pristine farmland and with stunning coastline, ceremony locations abound.
Kauri Cliffs offers 26 bedrooms comprising of Suites, Deluxe Suites, Deluxe Family Suites with an interconnecting bedroom ideal for children, and a two Bedroom Owner’s Cottage. All room options offer the choice of twin or king beds, to sleep a maximum of 52 guests.
Private dining options include the Green Room (for 16), Green Room Veranda (12), Tiger Room (24), Main Dining Room (65), Owner’s Cottage (8), Pink Beach Marquee (120) or Front Lawn Marquee (120).
Kauri Cliffs is the ultimate romantic escape making your wedding day infinitely memorable.
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is the ideal location for retreats and special events.Uniquely located within 6000 acres of private land the lodge provides the most dramatic framework for an event or programme which could range from five to 48 guests.
Kauri Cliffs can cater for an array of events, and the location is particularly suited to gatherings that are private and discreet. With a collection of meeting and dining options within the main lodge, guests can enjoy exquisite cuisine whether it’s a degustation menu or simply something light and fun.
Offering views of the dramatic golf course and the Pacific Ocean, there are twenty two suites as well as a two-bedroom Owners Cottage for those looking for even more space and privacy.
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, we will help make it happen, seamlessly and stylishly.
Bay of Islands Experiences
Opportunities abound for outdoor pursuits within the picturesque Kauri Cliffs property. The lodge team can suggest and organise all manner of activities- from hikes to the waterfall, to a game of tennis, to picnics on Pink Beach, the Kauri Cliffs property offers countless activities. Guided bird watching, fishing, surfing, farm tours, and much more await lodge guests.
Golf at Kauri Cliffs
Kauri Cliffs was designed and built by David Harman of Golf Course Consultants, Orlando, Florida. The par 72 championship golf course measures 7,139 yards / 6,528 metres and offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level.
Fifteen holes view the Pacific Ocean, six of which are played alongside cliffs which plunge to the sea. The beautiful inland holes wind through marsh, forest and farmland. Kauri Cliffs is currently ranked #37 in the world by Golf Digest Top 100 Greatest Golf Courses in the World.
Kauri Cliffs recently underwent a renovation from world renowned golf course architect Rees Jones. The 5th hole received a complete redesign and was transformed from a long, uphill, forced carry par-3 to a short “drop shot” par-3.
Other notable changes were the addition of tees on the 2nd and 9th holes and a bunker renovation on the 4th hole. The golf complex includes a world-class practice range, putting and chipping greens, a well stocked golf shop, and ladies’ and men’s locker rooms. Premium ladies’ and men’s rental clubs are available.
IN THE WORDS OF THE DESIGNER, DAVID HARMAN
Right from the beginning we knew had a special piece of property. The natural beauty is just astounding throughout, so our real goal was to create a very special golf course that people from all over the world will commend and enjoy.
Also at the same time we wanted to maintain Kauri Cliffs as a working farm, which it is; it’s 4,000 acres, and the course is actually a small part of that.
Club House & Pro Shop
With panoramic views stretching from the Cavalli Islands in the North to Cape Brett in the South, this is the perfect place to rest, recover and plan your next round on Kauri Cliffs’ golf course.
Along with a variety of the finest in brand name golf apparel and accessories, the golf shop is a great source of local made New Zealand cashmere and wool products, as well as local artwork and sculpture.
The range of clothing and equipment features brands such as: Fairway-Greene, Polo, Adidas, Nike, Peter Millar, Cross, Tolaga Bay, Imperial Headwear, and Titleist. The shop is staffed by Class “A” members of the New Zealand and United States PGA who know their game and are happy to assist in any way they can.
Signature Northland Fishing
Fishing is a very popular activity around the Northland coast and such a high level of interest can only be testament to the quality of the fish to be caught, and the beauty of the scenery.
Your local guide who will share all his fishing secrets with you at one of the beaches on the property, as you meet the challenge of landing snapper and kahawai. A big part of this terrific two-hour fishing experience is taking in the serenity of the spectacular surroundings, and legend has it, a cold beer helps the fish to bite.
Bring your catch back to the lodge and our chefs will fillet your fish and prepare it in your favourite way – sashimi, pan-fried, crumbed etc. for you to enjoy for dinner, or breakfast the following day. This has to be fresh fish at its very best!
Kauri Cliffs, by the Sea
This memorable, 5-6 hour day of fun and adventure starts with a guided highlights tour of the 6,000 acres that surround The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs.
As you make your way towards the sea take the opportunity to break your journey with visits to our 700-900 year-old Kauri tree, the beautiful lush Hikurua Falls or any of our three private beaches, Waiaua Bay, Little Takaou or Pink Beach. Your guide will share their knowledge and fascinating stories about all the places you will discover and explore.
Depart from one of the Kauri Cliffs’ beaches by sea kayak to take a closer look at the nearby Matauri Bay coastline and the stunning Cavalli Islands.
This terrific guided aquatic tour, will see you engage in close encounters with marine life, including penguins, and hear tales of the Maori and European history of the area.
A leisurely break taken on dry land will provide refreshments suitable for the time of day – like a delicious gourmet picnic to enjoy, with a beach all to yourselves.
Signature BBQ at Pink Beach
It is hard to imagine that it could get much better than this. Sipping on chilled wine while the sun sinks slowly beyond the horizon, on your own private beach, as delicious aromas waft your way from where your personal Kauri Cliffs chef is busy preparing a fabulous meal for you.
This could be fresh seafood grilled on the outdoor barbecue, or tender lamb or beef – the choice will be yours. Your amazing al fresco menu will feature the freshest and best local produce, complemented by fine New Zealand wines and cheese.
The unbelievable beauty and privacy of Pink Beach, combined with such a memorable dining experience is one not to be missed, such unique opportunities present themselves so rarely.
Surf some of New Zealand’s most beautiful untouched scenery including Kauri Cliffs. It is as though nature designed the Northland coastline with surfers in mind.
Tiny coves, long sandy beaches, river mouths, point breaks, sandbars and reefs . . . all within a short drive. Enjoy a two-hour beginner’s lesson at Kauri Cliffs or an all-day Surf-safari of Northland beaches.
Guided Heritage Discovery
With an extraordinary location and truly special history, the Kauri Cliffs Guided Heritage Discovery tour will give you unparalleled insight into New Zealand’s complex identity.
Journey through time as your experienced guide unravels the rich and diverse tapestry of history and culture that all took place at this vast property.
From the resting place of one the indigenous Maori’s original seven migratory waka to the arrival of Captain James Cook at Waiaua Bay, the birth of the first New Zealand European child and the generations of the pioneer families that followed, this property lay witness to it all.
Be treated to a special tour of our working farm with the farm manager as your guide. He will take you around our stunning 6000 acres of farmland and share his extensive knowledge on the different farm animals that are farmed here.
What better way to explore the crystal-clear untouched coastline of Kauri Cliffs than by sea kayak. Discover the coastal flora and fauna that makes this one of the most scenic regions in the world as you paddle and learn about the tribal and European settlement of the region.
If you’re lucky you might even have the chance to encounter dolphins or spot little blue penguins/ kororā during your voyage.
Refuel at the unpopulated Little Waiaua Bay with a gourmet picnic lunch and wines to match, then continue your paddle on the Pacific Ocean or dive under and discover the marine life by snorkelling the sheltered kelp reefs.
Fishing is a religion around these parts. Join our local guide at one of the beaches on the property and test your skill at hooking a snapper or kahawai (similar to a blue fish). Bring your catch back to the lodge and our chef will prepare it for your dinner.
This is fresh fish at its best! A big part of this fishing experience is taking in the serenity and beauty of these spectacular surroundings, and legend has it, a cold beer helps the fish to bite.
With three private beaches and miles of untouched, pristine coastline, Kauri Cliffs is the gateway to the ocean. The remarkable coastal panorama is ever-present, and water-based activities abound throughout the seasons at this aquatic playground.
The three beaches stretch the length of the property. At the southernmost point of the property is Little Takou, a stunning white sand beach with rockpools for exploring and one of Northland’s best surf breaks; neighbouring Little Takou is Pink Beach, an exquisite bay made of up soft pink shells and framed by magnificent Pohutakawa; while at the northernmost tip of Kauri Station is Waiaua Bay, perfect for swimming and walking, kayaking and paddle boarding.
Pink Beach BBQ
Combine one of the most beautiful beaches in the world with fresh grilled seafood or lamb, as well as local produce partnered and fine New Zealand cheese and wines. Your barbeque will include your own Kauri Cliffs chef as well as transport to and from the beach.
For those who opt to walk, the trek is 35 minutes via the golf course and trail near the 7th tee. Walking shoes or sneakers are advised. 24 hours notice is required.
We have some beautiful walks on our 6000 acre property. These range from a 10-minute bush walk, to the magnificent Kauri Tree (believed to be 700-900 years old), to a two-hour walk that includes a visit to the Hikurua waterfall, Waiaua Bay or Little Takou Beach—all magical spots to visit.
The kitchen can provide you with a snack pack of light refreshments or a picnic lunch.
Explore Kauri Station and its surrounding grounds on magnificent, gentle horses. Ride your way through native forests, our working farm and on to one of our private beaches. You can even stop to enjoy a picnic lunch along the way.
Picnic Experiences at Kauri Cliffs
Our three private beaches and the waterfall provide beautiful and picturesque settings for a picnic. Walk or be driven from the Lodge. If you wish, you can drive part of the way to the beach before continuing on foot.
Mountain Biking at Kauri Cliffs
Men’s, ladies’ and children’s mountain bike are available for guest use on our marked walking trails and farm roads