Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

Matauri Bay, New Zealand

Built by a hedge fund tycoon on a remote 6,000-acre ranch north of Auckland, this exclusive hideaway offers a jaw-dropping golf course routed on towering bluffs high above Bay of Islands National Park. As a golf experience, it’s Pebble Beach with a Down Under vibe. The Lodge, nestled in a thicket of trees and the epitome of refinement, is a splendid colonial-style property that offers 22 suites in 11 spacious cottages. The restaurant’s Pacific Rim-influenced cuisine, featuring local produce and seafood with local wines to match, is exceptional. For recreation-minded couples, Kauri Cliffs is heaven on earth. There’s mountain biking, sea kayaking, surfing, fishing (inshore and deep-sea), scuba diving, and sailing. The resort has three private beaches, one of them a rare pink sand beach where a weekly barbecue is held in summer. Guided nature walks and bird-watching tours are also available. The friendly staff is expert at arranging picnic hampers for land or sea excursions.

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