The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay

At a glance

  • Luxury clifftop golf resort with 180° ocean views
  • Featued on the 2018 Condé Nast Traveller's Gold List
  • Three secluded private beaches

The Lodge At Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay


A world-class plantation-style lodge set on a 6000-acre estate overlooking the stunning Cavalli Islands.

On your approach to this exclusive Relais & Chateaux boutique lodge you will be struck by the breathtaking panoramic views of the offshore Cavalli Islands. A white-columned veranda wraps around the welcoming country house-style lodge and the service is exemplary – you will feel like a treasured guest in a grand home.

Activities here showcase the region’s natural beauty, from the award-winning par 72 championship golf course which boasts a dramatic cliff-top setting to nature walks – ranging from a ten-minute bush walk to a two-hour hike to the beach. A winding fern-lined path leads to the lodge’s sensational spa which is set in a Totara forest overlooking a stream.

Gourmet à la carte dining is available in the main dining room or on the verandas and in the summer you can head down to Pink Beach for barbecues. Cosy dens are available for private dining or you can arrange a picnic on the beach, by a waterfall or in the forest.

The six lavishly spacious residence-style Suites are set in three charming cottages and each feature a cosy fireplace, sitting area, sunken bath and magnificent views of the golf course and ocean. 16 Deluxe Suites are set at the edge of the forest, opening out to a large private terrace and some interconnect to a smaller second bedroom – ideal for families.

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Key information

A working sheep and cattle farm north of the Bay of Islands, a half an hour drive from Kerikeri and a 45-minute walk or 10-minute drive from the nearest beach.

Airport transfer time: 3¾ hours by road from Auckland or a 45-minute flight from Auckland to the Bay of Islands airport in Kerikeri followed by a 25-minute road transfer. A 1-hour helicopter transfer is available from Auckland*
Rooms: 22

Travel + Leisure Magazine Awards 2017
Voted the number one resort in Australia and New Zealand and fourth best resort in the world.

Good to know

Accommodation information

22 luxurious and spacious suites and an additional stand-alone 2-bedroom Owner’s Cottage


• Book a 2-hour beginner’s surfing lesson • Join a guided bird-watching tour • Fish off the beach and bring back your catch for the chef to prepare for dinner • Tour the lodge’s working farm • Book a manuka honey body scrub at the forest spa* • Visit the nearby historic Waitangi Treaty House* • Book a day trip to Ninety Mile Beach and Cape Reinga*


Restaurant, bar

What's included

Half Board • Breakfast, pre-dinner drinks with hors d’oeuvres and 3-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room

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Monday - Friday 9:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday & Bank holidays 11:00am - 4:00pm

*Denotes local charge