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Kauri Cliffs has an illustrious reputation for humble luxury; welcoming guests to a quaint and secluded corner of New Zealand’s North Island. For many it is, quite simply, the resort of choice for any kiwi getaway. Better still the property is located near Matauri Bay, on almost 6,000 acres of bushland, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Set to the north of the lodge, on the edge of a native forest and overlooking the Pacific, are 22 guest suites, each with a private veranda and an open fire. Rooms are elegant, with light furnishings and coloured with pastel shades. The owner's cottage has its own private pool and hot tub (great for privacy and those travelling with the whole family), and the main lodge includes a sitting room, card room and dining room.
We are rather fond of the cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres (who wouldn't be?), which is then followed by supper in the lodge restaurant or on the veranda. The food here is second to none and the menu changes nightly with dishes comprising wonderful fresh local produce infused with exotic flavours.
As far as activities go, Kauri Cliffs has a golf course, tennis courts, infinity swimming pool, gym and not one but three private beaches. For the seasoned R & R aficionado we recommend the spa with views of the surrounding forest and a garden for al fresco treatments, and a yoga instructor is available for further unwinding.
However should you fancy some more active pursuits you can explore the natural environment (either on foot, mountain bike or by air), go on boat tours around the Bay of Islands, and visit Northland, which is home to New Zealand's two oldest buildings and where Maoris still perform traditional songs. Scuba diving, horse riding and boar hunting are also available, as are children's activities such as a Kauri Cliffs farm tour.