Cape Kidnappers Golf Resort
New Zealand, North Island, Hawke's Bay, Napier
- The Resort
- Address & Map
New Zealand boasts the highest ratio of golf courses per inhabitant in the world, yet it is still an unlikely golf destination on the world travel market. But this should change soon with the thunderous entry of two magnificent courses in the World Top 100: Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers. Both owned and developed by former Wall Street pundit Julian Robertson, they share scenic cliff top locations on the North Island's Pacific Coast.
When Julian Robertson decided to build a second course in New Zealand that could rival his first layout at the amazing Kauri Cliffs, he knew he had to do something special. He first found an awesome site at Cape Kidnappers, a 6,000 acre working cattle farm on the historic Hawke's Bay, and then commissioned famed American architect Tom Doak to design a unique piece of golf. Doak is reputed for his minimalist design philosophy. The result of this marriage between setting and design is a very natural course built on an old sheep farm that runs along the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean. In sharp contrast with its dramatic setting, the Clubhouse is so understated that one may think it is just a wool barn. Very comfortable though, it features a cosy bar, restaurant and proshop.
Known as "The Farm", the Relais & Chateaux lodge resemble a cluster of farm buildings, yet offering five star amenities with breathtaking panoramic views onto the golf course and the Pacific Ocean. The lodge serves market cuisine and there is a wine cellar tasting room, a range of intimate lounges, a library and computer room, most with fireplaces.
For the actives, the lodge features a fitness centre and an outdoor heated pool. Cape Kidnappers is still a working farm with mobs of sheep and cattle, and guests can follow the Farm Manager on his daily round.
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The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
Known as "The Farm", the Relais & Chateau lodge resemble a cluster of farm buildings, yet offering five star amenities. Local materials were incorporated into the graciously scaled rooms, full of natural light and opening up onto large balconies with breathtaking panoramic views onto the golf course and the Pacific Ocean. Each guestroom shows a character of its own while harkening back to the rural feeling of New Zealand's sheep station and wine country.
The lodge serves market cuisine in its dining rooms or al fresco on the loggia. Additionally, there is a wine cellar tasting room and a range of intimate lounges, a library and computer room, most with fireplaces. For the actives, the lodge features a fitness centre and an outdoor heated pool. Cape Kidnappers is still a working farm with mobs of sheep and cattle, and guests can follow the Farm Manager on his daily round.
- The Lodge
22 Guestroom lodge • 4 Lodge Suites (708 sq.ft.) + 8 Ridge Suites (683 sq.ft.) with fireplaces + 10 Hilltop Suites (500 sq.ft.) • All rooms AC, WiFi, Flat screen LCD TV and DVD player with iPod connection, minibar, safe and walk-in closet • Bathrooms with separate WC, shower stalls, oversized bath tub and twin vanities
- Owner's Cottage
4 Bedrooms cottage with living room, open kitchen and dining area, terrace and outdoor jacuzzi • Fireplace in all rooms • Can be rented as a 2 or 4 bedroom unit
Gourmet à la carte dining: 2 Dining rooms + covered loggia for al fresco dining • Wine cellar tasting room • Lounge/living room • Library/ private meeting room • Intimate sitting rooms • Computer room • State-of-the-art fitness centre • Outdoor 50 ft. heated pool, jacuzzi and pool cabana
On Site Activities
Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony (bird safari to the world's largest mainland gannet colony) • Cape Kidnappers Farm tour (6,000 acres working sheep and cattle farm)
Off Site Activities
Hawke's Bay Wine District: Wine Trail, Art Trail and Heritage Trail • National Aquarium of New Zealand • Napier Art Deco City • Fishing and hunting • Water Sports • Hiking, biking and horseback riding
Cape Kindappers Golf
• Championship Course
Tom Doak (2004) 18 holes - 7,100 yds - Par 71
Top 100 Courses in the World by US Golf Magazine
When Julian Robertson decided to build a second course in New Zealand that could rival his first layout at the amazing Kauri Cliffs, he knew he had to do something special. He first found an awesome site at Cape Kidnappers, a 6,000 acre working cattle farm on the historic Hawke's Bay, and then commissioned famed American architect Tom Doak to design a unique piece of golf. President of Renaissance Golf Design, Doak is reputed for his minimalist design philosophy, characterised by making full use of the natural features and minimum earth moving.
The result of this marriage between setting and design is a very natural course built on an old sheep farm that runs along the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean. The front nine plays through lush farmland interspersed by deep ravines before reaching for the cliffs on the back nine. Many holes on the back play atop finger ridges thrusting into Hawke's Bay and on some holes, it feels as if you are hitting the ball into "infinity", because it is hard to tell where the sky starts and the ocean ends.
In sharp contrast with its dramatic setting, the Clubhouse is so understated that one may think it is just a wool barn. Very comfortable though, it features a cosy bar, restaurant and proshop.
Caddies + Golf Carts
Facilities: Driving range, putting & pitching green
Clubhouse: Bar & Restaurant + Proshop (leading brands for sale/ rental)
Hawke's Bay Golf
• Napier Golf Club
Established 1896 (18 holes) Architect unknown
Napier Golf Club “Waiohiki” is the oldest Golf Club in Hawke’s Bay, and one of the country's oldest courses, having celebrated its Centenary in 1996. It was the venue of the first ever NZL Open celebrated in 1907. Full irrigation, easy walking. Great playing conditions and a good test.
• Hastings Golf Club
Established 1898 (18 holes) Architect unknown
Hastings Golf Club, located in Maraekakaho Road, Bridge Pa, is ranked amongst the Top 10 New Zealand Golf courses. A tree-lined, easy walking course on 210 acres. An impressive course kept in excellent condition.
• Hawkes Bay Golf Club
Established 1969 (18 holes) Commander John Harris
The youngest of the four major golf courses in the Bay, the Hawkes Bay Golf Club, formerly Flaxmere Golf Club, was built in 1969 on 142 acres of pumice land, was designed by Commander John Harris. Easy walking, challenging 18 hole course, fully irrigated. Mature trees and manicured greens.
On the east coast of the North Island, Hawke’s Bay region bears the name of Hawke Bay, a large semi-circular bay which extends for 100 kilometres from northeast to southwest from Mahia Peninsula to Cape Kidnappers. Here, the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean and miles long sandy beaches form a stunning backdrop to internationally renowned vineyards, where orchards and olive groves stand along quaint Art Deco and Spanish Mission architecture.
Hawke's Bay Wine District
Hawke’s Bay has een making wine for over 100 years, making it the country oldest wine growing region. Hawke’s Bay is also New Zealand’s second biggest wine producing region with over 150 vineyards and more than 90 wineries producing both innovative and classic wine styles. The town of Hastings is the centre of the wine district and the bay largest settlement.
Hawke’s Bay’s warm, maritime climate and varying landscapes produce some of New Zealand’s richest and most complex Chardonnays as well as Merlot, Cabernt, Sauvignon and Syrah grapes, earning the area a reputation for high quality red wines. Most of Hawke’s Bay’s wineries are small family owned producers, providing a true boutique experience to complement award winning wines.
National Aquarium of New Zealand
Located in Napier, the National Aquarium is one of the premier Hawke's Bay Tourist Attractions and New Zealand's largest display of aquatic life. This unique wildlife display sharks, stingrays, living coral, kiwi, tuatara and a huge range of fish species.
Napier Art Deco City
Napier is a popular tourist city, with a unique concentration of 1930s Art Deco architecture. A 7.8 Richter scale earthquake and ensuing fires destroyed most of central Napier in 1931. The city was rebuilt, predominantly in Art Deco style with Maori motifs and design elements and now boasts 140 original Art Deco buildings. The care and protection of these buildings is managed by the Art Deco Trust, shich offers guided walking tours of Napier's Art Deco Quarter, and a stylish retail shops. The sister town of Hastings, less than 20 kilometres from Napier and known as the “Twin Cities” or “Bay Cities”, was equally destroyed by the 1931 earthquake and also persents some fine Art Deco buildings.
Address & Contact
Cape Kidnappers Golf Resort
448 Clifton Road
Te Awanga, Hawke's Bay
PO Box 8850 Havelock North
Tel: +64 (6) 875 1900
Fax: +64 (6) 875 1901
Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay (North Island East Coast)
Napier Airport (NPE), 10 mi.
Auckland International Airport (AKL), 180 mi.
Wellington International Airport (WEL), 120 mi.
All year (Hotel & Golf)
Mediterranean-style climate, with long hot summers and mild winters. New Zealand's sunniest region