It's impossible to capture the magnificance of this spectacular property set on the Northern Island though I certainly tried with hundreds of photos. You must see it with your own eyes. Set on 6,500 acres, rolling hills with roaming cattle and sheep and dramatic cliffside vistas set this landscape apart from any other resort I have been lucky enough to visit. Beauty beyond compare as the sun rises outside your terrace and dawn breaks on the golf course that clings to the cliffs. At dusk, a warm glow wraps the welcoming porch that spans the lodge.
Our rooms were tastefully done in tones of white and beige with working fireplaces (I must return in their winter!) Crisp linens and comfy quilts covered the beds and made for a great place to rest your head after a day of NZ adventure. The minibar was stocked with sodas, beers and snacks. A never empty jar with homemade cookies and the best brownies ever too! All included in the tariff.
Breakfast, predinner cocktails and canapes and a 4 course dinner are included in your rate and the food was fabulous. Local ingredients are used by the chef to create an array of different entrees every evening. And if you don't care for those, there is a wonderful grill menu with all the standards always available.
The staff was amazing. Given the small size of the lodge, they know each guest by name and preference - it only takes them once to remember what you like to drink, eat, when you wish to dine etc. They are ever present without being intrusive. Conversational, informative and witty too. We have many great memories of laughing with Fabian who served us many evenings and presided over our beachside picnic (A must!) Wish we could have taken h8im home with us. John, the guest relations manager, warmly greeted us and arranged for all of our adventures. Sebastian, the assistant manager, toured us around the acreage and pointed out the many interesting elements on the property. Trevor welcomed us every eve to the cocktail hour which took place on our schedule - not theirs.
Not feeling worthy enough of this golf course, we did not actually play. But that didn't stop us from jumping in golf carts and exploring the 18 holes for ourselves. Encouraged to do so by the staff, I'm glad to did as the course itself is visually stunning and certainly challenging. For true golfers, this should be on your bucket list - I believe it is ranked 39 on the world's top 100 courses.
Truly a bespoke experience - I hope we can return one day for another visit and take in their other lodges - Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri as well. I hope time stands still as there is nothing that I would change to make this experience any better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the far north of New Zealand lies an unspoiled peninsula. High cliffs and a few ranches on this welcoming island which won the hearts of Julian and Josie Robertson. After designing a magnificent 18-hole golf course, the couple created a splendid colonial residence with outlying cottages. Space is the real luxury, the suite an apartment, the bathroom a spa. The epitome of refinement in a distant corner of the world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kauri Cliffs Hotel Matauri Bay
- Kauri Cliffs Hotel Kerikeri
- Kauri Cliffs Kerikeri
- The Lodge At Kauri Cliffs New Zealand/Matauri Bay