Kauri Cliffs Golf Resort
Northland, North Island, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
- 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.
Set on 6,000 acres of rolling coastal farmland on Matauri Bay, a four hour drive from Auckland in the northern most province of New Zealand, Kauri Cliffs features a Relais & Chateaux lodge and a world class golf course. The Lodge affords spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and overlooks the golf course.
Accommodations is comprised of eleven two-suites cottages distributed in a staggered row on the edge of a native forest. Gourmet a la carte cuisine is served at The Lodge, prepared only with New Zealand's finest produc. Amenities include tennis courts, an infinity pool, three secluded private sandy beaches and a brand new Spa. Kauri Cliffs is still a working farm featuring mobs of sheep and cattle and guests can follow the Farm Manager on his daily round. Nature walks and 4WD tours of the estate are also organised to discover its 6,000 acres of pristine landscape.
Conceived, designed and built to blend with the natural features of this exceptional piece of land, Kauri Cliffs' golf course offers spectacular ocean views from most of its holes. The front nine extends inland through marshes, forests and farmland, while the back nine runs along the coast, six of its holes stretching right alongside the cliffs. Playing over 7,000 yards from the back tees, but with five set of tees to challenge every skill level.
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The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
The Relais & Chateaux Lodge affords spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and overlooks the golf course from its spacious beamed living room, dining room, lounges and verandas. Accommodations is comprised of eleven cottages distributed in a staggered row along a meandering path on the edge of a native forest. Each bungalow has two suites fronted by a veranda with views across the golf course to the ocean, and features a comfortable bedroom and living area with open fireplace, walk-in closet and en suite bathrooms.
Gourmet a la carte cuisine is served at The Lodge, prepared only with New Zealand's finest produce such as fresh vegetables, lamb, beef and seafood. Picnic sites abound on the property and a choice of gourmet picnic baskets is available. Amenities include tennis courts, an infinity pool, three secluded private sandy beaches and a brand new Spa. Kauri Cliffs is still a working farm featuring mobs of sheep and cattle and guests can follow the Farm Manager on his daily round.
- The Lodge: 11 Cottages with 2 Suites each • 6 Suites (765 sq.ft.) + 16 Deluxe Suites (900 sq.ft.) • All with gas fireplace, complimentary minibar, king size bed, armchairs, writing desk, phone, satellite TV, DVD/CD player
- Owner's Cottage: 2 Bedroom cottage with living room, kitchen and dining area, terrace and infinity pool • Fireplace in all rooms
Gourmet à la carte dining: Dining room + covered loggia for al fresco dining • Picnic basquests • Living, card and computer rooms • Tennis (2 Astroturf courts) • Infinity outdoor pool and whirlpool
• Spa & Gym:
Massages, body water, skin and beauty treatments • Treatment rooms with shower, views, outdoor space and fireplace • Sauna, jacuzzi, spa pool • 100 ft. heated indoor lap pool • Fitness Centre • Locker rooms
• On Site Activities:
3 Secluded sandy beaches • Sea Kayaking • Kauri Cliffs Farm Tour • Guided fishing • Maori performances
• Off Site Activities:
Horseback riding • 4WD adventures • Helicopter flights • Deep sea fishing • Flying and 4WD tours • Sailing Boat Charter (Bay of Islands) • Russell (New Zealand's first capital)
Kauri Cliffs Golf
• Championship Course
David Harman (2001) 18 holes - 7,119 yds - Par 72
Top 100 Courses in the World by US Golf Magazine
Conceived, designed and built to blend with the natural features of this exceptional piece of land, Kauri Cliffs' golf course offers spectacular ocean views from most of its holes perched on the cliff tops overlooking the Bay of Islands. Playing over 7,000 yards from the back tees, but with five set of tees to challenge every skill level, the course was designed by David Harman of Golf Course Consultants, Florida, who has worked previously with Arnold Palmer's design company.
The front nine extends inland through marshes, forests and farmland, while the back nine runs along the coast, six of its holes stretching right alongside the cliffs. These are cleverly used to be played across deep gorges and any miss-shot will end up in the ocean ! Wind is a constant playing factor here, and although driving shots are usually tight, fairways are quite generous.
Caddies + Golf Carts
Facilities: Driving range, putting & pitching green
Clubhouse at the Lodge (bar & Restaurant)
Full service Proshop (Callaway equipment for sale/rental)
Bay of Islands Golf
• Waitangi Golf Club
Established 1947 (18 holes) Architect unknown
The Waitangi Course not only provides an exciting and ever changing challenge to the golfer but also the most tremendous panorama of sea and island views over the Bay of Islands and Russell, river and estuary views over Waitangi and Opua and rolling bush and forest views inland over Mount Bledisloe and Puketona. These views are complemented by well groomed greens and fairways surrounded by areas of flowering native trees which provide sanctuary for many varieties of native birds.
The Waitangi Golf Club leases the land on which the course has been developed from the Waitangi National Trust, next to the historic Waitangi Treaty House (Birthplace of New Zealand, where the treaty between Maori Chiefs and the British Crown was signed in 1840)
• Bay of Islands Golf Club
Founded 1936 (18 holes) Club Members' design
Formerly the Kerikeri Golf Club and founded back in 1936, Bay of Islands boasts a true championship course which layout was completed in 1977. It has made a successful use of the natural contours formed by the Puketotara Stream and the Kerikeri River, providing beautiful views of native bush and birds. The greens and fairways are always in immaculate conditions.
The Bay of Islands is an area in the Northland Region of New Zealand’s North Island, close to the northern tip of the country. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and is renowned internationally for its big-game fishing. The bay, some ten miles at its widest, lies on the the north-eastern coast of the island. A natural harbour, it has several arms which extend deeply inland and hundreds of islands of all sizes and shapes.
The first European to visit the area was Captain Cook, back in 1769. The Bay of Islands was the first area in New Zealand to be settled by Europeans - whalers arrived by the end of the 18th century and the first missionaries followed soon after. The bay has many interesting historic towns, such as Paihia, Russell, Kerikeri and Waitangi.
The most famous one, Waitangi, witnessed the birth of New Zealand and the signature of The Treaty of Waitangi. Signed in 1840 by the British Crown and various Maori chiefs, the Treaty established a British Governor doe New Zealand, recognised Maori ownership over their lands and gave them the rights of British subjects. Today, the historic Waitangi Treaty House is a National Trust property and open to visitors.
Kerikeri is the largest town in the Northland Region and a popular tourist destination, Often described as the Cradle of the Nation, Kerikeri is the site of the first permanent mission station in the country and boasts some of the most ancient buildings in the country. Kerikeri was also the first place in New Zealand where vineyards were planted.
Address & Contact
Kauri Cliffs Golf Resort
Matauri Bay Road
Matauri Bay, Northland
PO Box 800 Kerikeri
Tel: +64 (9) 407 0010
Fax: +64 (9) 407 0061
Matauri Bay, Northland (North Island East Coast)
Kerikeri (KKE), 15 mi. : Daily flights to Auckland
Auckland International Airport (AKL), 120 mi.
Golf (All year) + Hotel (Closed June)
Subtropical climate. Southern hemisphere: Warm summers (Nov-Mar) and mild winters (Jun-Aug)