The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

Sophisticated and elegant, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs looks out across panoramic views across the Pacific. Tastefully designed by Virginia Fisher, 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 unspoiled coastline where high cliffs give way to 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 traveller’s 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.

Accommodation is offered in 22 suites set in outlying cottages separate to the main lodge, as well as a two-bedroom Owner’s Cottage. Each suite has its own private balcony, bedroom with sitting area and open fireplace, walk-in wardrobe and bathroom. The cottages are nestled in native forest overlooking the golf course and the Pacific Ocean. Kauri Cliffs is a member of Relais & Châteaux, and is a sister property to Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri Lodge.

Suite - (6 ROOMS)

Nestled into the hillside overlooking luscious farmland, the golf course and ocean, Kauri Cliffs’ six Suites are thoughtfully-designed rooms with open fire places, east-facing balconies, king-sized beds and elegant bathrooms with twin vanities. Located down a meandering path away from the lodge and with attention to detail that is second to none, you’ll feel immediately at home in these classic and refined rooms.

Deluxe Family Suite - (2 ROOMS)

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.

Deluxe Suite - (14 ROOMS)

The beautifully-designed, open plan Deluxe Suites are the ultimate in relaxation and comfort. Larger in size and elevated for magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean, the Deluxe Suites include a luxurious seating area beside an open fireplace, armoire with flat screen TV and sound system, and large private balcony overlooking the golf course and offshore Cavalli Islands. Set a short distance away from the lodge and close to the spa, tennis courts and swimming pools, the Deluxe Suites can accommodate an additional single bed.

Kauri Cliffs Owner’s Cottage - (1 UNIT / VILLA)

Expertly-designed for complete comfort and relaxation, the Owner’s Cottage is your personal escape, offering space, privacy and stunning views of the vast Pacific Ocean. 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 groups of friends who are looking for something truly special for their next escape.


Large sitting and dining room with open fireplace

Kitchen with full cooking facilities

Two full suite bedrooms. Master with king and guest with king or twin singles

Ensuite bathrooms with bath and twin vanities

Study or third bedroom with single bed

Generous walk-in wardrobes


Iron and ironing board

Security safe



Guest powder room

Sheltered patio and tropical garden

Outdoor barbecue

East-facing patio with infinity edge swimming pool & jacuzzi


Helicopter Tours

Bay of Islands Tour
Discover the rich and diverse beauty of the Bay of Islands from the perspective only possible by air. This tour takes you over the scenery and historical sites in the Bay of Islands region. Discover the crystal clear turquoise waters of this unique aquatic . Fly out to the world famous “Hole in the Rock”, take a bird's eye view of Russell, Paihia & Waitangi townships before tracking the coastline back to Kauri Cliffs.

Cape and Tane Mahuta Tour

An extensive aerial tour of the stunning coastline of the Northland region combined with a trip to Tane Mahuta, Lord of the Forest. This tour takes you along the coastline north of Matauri Bay, including Cape Karikari, before heading to Cape Reinga and Cape Maria van Diemen in the far north. It then tracks the west coast southward until you arrive at Omapere, where you will stop off and visit Tane Mahuta.

Nature Walks & Mountain Biking

The lodge 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.

Mountain Biking

Men’s, ladies’ and children’s mountain bike are available for guest use on our marked walking trails and farm roads.

Private Beaches + Picnic

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.

Picnic Experiences at Kauri Cliffs

The 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.

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 7,119 yards / 6,510 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.

Land Based Fishing

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.

Kauri Cliffs Spa & Gym

We invite you to relax, rejuvenate and revive your spirit in a tranquil space where nature prevails. The 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.

Quad Biking

Visit even the most remote parts of this stunning coastal property when you chase the thrill with a Quad Bike Experience. Your scenic journey across this 6,000-acre farm will begin with a ride through the Pine forest and livestock-filled paddocks before stopping at the waterfall for a short break. As you continue on, take in the breath-taking panoramic views of the Cavalli Islands and Pacific Ocean before traveling the untouched coastline towards the private Waiaua Bay.

Horseback Riding

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.

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.

Surfing & Kayaking

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.

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 snorkeling the sheltered kelp reefs.

Farm Tour

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.

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