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Three Amazing NZ Luxury Lodges

Seasonz Travel would like to present to you three amazing sister properties. Kauri Cliffs in the Bay of Islands, Cape Kidnappers – Hawkes Bay and Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown.

Kauri Cliffs Lodge and Cape Kidnappers topped the "World’s Best Awards" in the top 15 Resorts in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific as voted by distinguish Travel & Leisure Magazine readers - USA.

All three properties are members of Relais & Chateaux, an exclusive collection of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in the world.

Despite the three being sister properties, they are extremely unique and offer different lodge experiences, surrounding scenery and activities. Given this, we often include all three properties in our tailor-made itineraries. 



Kauri Cliffs Lodge-with-Cavallis

The main lodge, which overlooks the golf course, Pacific Ocean, Cape Brett and the offshore Cavalli Islands are part of the panorama, which can be viewed from the verandas, living room, card room and the guest cottages. Gourmet a la carte dining is available in the main dining room or on the verandas.

Facilities include two Astroturf tennis courts, an infinity swimming pool with spa and a fully equipped fitness centre. Kauri Cliffs has three secluded swimming beaches, which are also available for picnics and barbeques.

The Lodge accommodation has 22 guest suites, and a Two Bedroom Owner’s Cottage. Every suite offers its own private porch, bedroom with sitting area and open fireplace, walk-in wardrobe and bathroom. The cottages are nestled in a native forest overlooking the golf course and the Pacific Ocean.

Kauri Cliffs Cottage-Veranda-View

The Kauri Cliffs golf course was designed and built by David Harman.  The par 72 PGA championship golf course has been home to The Kiwi Challenge PGA Golf Event and the course is currently ranked 18th Greatest Golf Course in the World by Golf Magazine's World Top 100 Course Ranking Panel who has compiled a list of the top 50 greatest golf courses of the last 50 years. 

Bay of Islands Kauri Cliffs Lodge Hole 7

The Luxury Spa at Kauri Cliffs is nestled at the edge of a Totara forest and overlooks a verdant fern glen and winding stream and has floor to ceiling views and opens into a private outdoor space where guests can enjoy garden inspired treatments al fresco and fireside.



Set atop 6,000 rolling acres of pasture land, the farm, Cape Kidnappers offers 5 star luxury lodge accommodation in New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay. The farm encompasses boutique lodge accommodation, an award-winning par 71 golf course and indulgent spa treatment facilities. With 180-degree panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and a multitude of activities and adventures to be had, Cape Kidnappers is the perfect escape. 

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

 Cape Kidnappers Premier-Lodge-Suite

If travelling with family or friends, book the Owners College, located in a secluded area away from the main lodge. This luxury accommodation offers 4 deluxe bedrooms each with fireplaces, private balconies and large bathrooms and also presents stylish living, kitchen and dining areas.

The common areas offer numerous welcoming and comfortable spaces. Indulge in the heated infinity pool and Jacuzzi or stretch out under the shady poolside cabana and enjoy a tipple from the mini-bar.

The Cape Kidnappers Luxury Spa sits atop the hillside, above the Lodge, with outstanding vistas of the sapphire ocean.

Dining is a special experience at this luxury lodge. Choose from a variety of dining spaces, each with unique features - from the Wine Cellar, to the Loggia, the small dining room or the Snug for special occasions, there’s a dining option for you. Enjoy gourmet restaurant cuisine from award-winning Chefs, including the finest New Zealand lamb and beef and the best local produce and seafood.


Designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak, the Cape Kidnappers par 71 golf course measures 7,119 yards (6,510 meters) and will challenge golfers of all skill levels. Completed in 2004, this spectacular New Zealand golf course has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf. Cape Kidnappers’ golf course is currently ranked the 41st best golf course in the world by Golf Magazine. 

You will also discover brilliant leisure pastimes on The Farm, including farm tours, walking trails, the gannet coloney, quad biking, mountain biking and trout fishing, just to name a few. 



Matakauri lodge is located on the banks of Lake Wakatipu and just minutes from the heart of Queenstown, the lodge currently boasts four luxury suites and six luxury villas, each with private terraces looking out to a dramatic Queenstown lakeside, with spectacular mountain views.


This luxury spa resort was recently acknowledged by Tatler magazine as one of its top 101 hotels of the world. Matakauri lodge is a small luxury boutique hotel with lodge style accommodation and provides the perfect, private hideaway retreat in Queenstown.

Seven minutes from Queenstown and spectacularly situated on Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge offers eleven luxurious suites and villas, each with private terraces looking out to a dramatic Queenstown lakeside, with mountain views. 


Matakauri Lodge will be your exclusive retreat in Queenstown, while you get the opportunity to experience spectacular scenery and adventure activities like white water rafting, paragliding, bungee jumping, jet boating and heli-skiing, just to name a few.

Experience endless leisure pastimes of a more passive nature, such as hiking, horse riding, wineries, trout fishing, scenic flights to places like the unforgettable Milford Sound, hidden lakes… and much, much more.


The staff at Matakauri Lodge go out of their way to ensure that your Queenstown experience at this world class luxury resort will never be surpassed.

For further information or bookings regarding these properties, please contact us. 



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