Down Under lies an over-the-top 6,000 acre sanctuary with only 22 guest suites. With so much land, well manicured at that, you know The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs boasts impressive views. There are plenty of opportunities to get up-close and personal with the terrain. Expert local guides are right on property and always at guest’s disposal. Sea Toys, an excellent local excursion company, offers on and off property tours that takes guests to the heart of the farm or around the Northland. Ride a quad all around the farm, find the waterfall, breeze past the sheep and cattle, then head down below the cliffs, to the beach, and feel every bit as impressed with the land as you are with you oversized suite.
There’s a distinct lodge feel to the property. With the wraparound verandah encircling the main dining and reception area, there’s enough space for breakfast outside and later in the evening, there’s plenty of space for mixing and mingling over pre-dinner champagne and cocktails. The welcoming design allows guests to not feel crowded, yet cozy enough that you would never realize the vast expanse of land that surrounds you. Service is exemplary, and although you truly are experiencing the comforting lodge lifestyle, it is executed with precision and attention to personalizing each guest’s experience. They’re very clever here, effortlessly creating memorable experiences for every guest. In summer, try going fishing with the chef and then come back and prepare your catch along side him in the kitchen.
If you’ve stayed or are staying at any of the sister properties, Matakauri on the South Island, or Cape Kidnappers, another 6,000 acre farm, each lodge knows what you’ve eaten the over past days at the lodge and does not repeat it, regardless of how many nights you plan your visit. Attention, attention, attention…they really pay attention here and this is what we love.
Insider tips when planning your stay:
If you plan your visit over the summer months, December through February, there’s loads to do as well. Try taking a shot at the evening putting competition. If you’re like us, the championship golf course that wends its way from cliffs to farm may seem too challenging. A little putting never hurt anyone.
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