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The Lodge at Kauri Cliff

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Kauri Cliffs

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Kauri Cliffs - The Lodge at Kauri Cliff. Copyright Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay, Northland, New Zealand.

Located on 6000 acres in New Zealand's spectacular Matauri Bay, The Lodge a Kauri Cliff is Northlands premier luxury vacation destination.

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Kauri Cliffs Luxury Lodge Golf Spa Resort Bay of Islands New Zealand

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An extensive insight into the luxury world of Kauri Cliffs, New Zealand's premiere luxury golf and spa resort located in the stunning Matauri Bay within the Bay of Islands of New Zealand just a few hours north of Auckland. Kauri Cliffs boasts an international acclaimed golf course which has been ranked 25th in the top 100 golf courses outside the USA by Golf Digest. The Spa Treatment Facilities at Kauri Cliffs are some of the best the in New Zealand and this luxury lodge is a member of the exclusive luxury international boutique hotel group:- Relais & Chateaux.


Located on 6000 acres in New Zealand's spectacular Matauri Bay, The Lodge a Kauri Cliff is Northlands premier luxury vacation destination.

Relax and unwind in our luxury interior designed suites. Accommodation at Kauri Cliffs is in eleven outlying guest cottages, each with two guest suites providing twenty-two suites. The cottages are nestled on the edge of a native forest with spectacular views overlooking the ocean and golf course. The feel is more of staying in a well-designed guest room in a private home, thus is the attention to detail in all aspects of each suite's interior design.

The main lodge, which overlooks our world class golf course and the Pacific Ocean, provides ample venues for relaxing, including the beautifully appointed beamed living room, a spacious and comfortable meeting/TV room, a handsomely designed card room, and a small computer room.

Private a la carte dining is available in the main lodge, on its verandas, or in a number of appealing locations within the lodge. Gourmet picnics can be arranged and enjoyed around the expansive grounds.

Opportunities abound for outdoor pursuits within the picturesque Kauri Cliffs property. The lodge team are eager to 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...

As well as the world class golf course, as a guest of The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs' you will enjoy a range of leisure facilities including:
  • Two Astroturf tennis courts,
  • Beautiful full service spa set in a totara forest
  • Fitness centre with an indoor lap pool and jacuzzi
  • Stunning infinity swimming pool with spectacular views.
Kauri Cliffs also has three secluded swimming beaches, including the famed Pink Beach where regular barbecues are held in the summer months. Mountain bikes, guided nature walks, fishing and horse riding are all popular activities on the property.

Guests can enjoy Kauri Cliff's beautiful property and also experience a variety of nearby activities including world famous game fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, sea kayaking, and hunting for boar. Guided tours feature visits to the Ninety Mile Beach, Tane Mahuta, Doubtless Bay, the Puketi Kauri Forest, Rainbow Falls, historic Russell and the Waitangi Treaty House.

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Review date:   March 23, 2018 3:21PM
Review:   Kauri Cliffs rated 5-1/2 stars: Prepare to be amazed - this is golf at its most spectacular. It doesn't matter which way you look from this open, undulating and expansive layout, the spectacular ocean views and unspoilt naturalness of the environment will have you reeling off superlatives aplenty. Shark's teeth-like offshore islands, coastal headlands and sandy covers are all constantly in view from both the golf course and the luxurious 5-star Lodge.
Author:   Suzanne Butler
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Review date:   April 5, 2018 1:06PM
Review:   Great course, scenery and views towards the pacific is magnificent, on par with her sister course cape kidnapper. We played there on a fine day with a little wind so the difficulty was down to the course layout. Variety of fairway layouts and majority greens have hazards protecting from two directions at least, can be quite challenging. Sand in most bunkers were a little hard was probably the only blemish if I had been picky but the course definitely meets its reputation in the world ranking. This course will play much hard once the gusty wind starts blowing. Friendly staff and very high quality facility. The fairly downslope range in the practice area needs some adjustment to get used to in terms of shots projectories and the head wind was much stronger than on the course. Will definitely go back again!
Author:   Yan Shi
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Review date:   February 26, 2018 3:01AM
Review:   One of the nicest golf course I've been to. The sign is kinda hard to find and Google map leads to no where. I would recommend calling to the club for directions.
Author:   Nathaniel Kwon
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Review date:   January 26, 2018 5:42AM
Review:   It deserves all the accolades of rated 37 in t he world. The course smashed all my expections and the staff were fantastic and truely made the day perfect. The course awesome and the views spectacular. A once in a life time to do or bucket list.
Author:   Xiem Hong
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Review date:   March 13, 2018 4:46AM
Review:   Just a wonderful golf course with spectacular views. The staff are exceptional and ready to help with anything.
Author:   Eric Thomsson
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