Hiking, biking, gannets and golf.
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is both luxury lodge and working farm – in fact, a 6,000 acre farm of rolling green hills and wide open spaces that drop dramatically to the sea at their coastal edge. This is a place of raw natural beauty, highlighting the extensive selection of outdoor activities available both on and off the property. It draws nature lovers from around the world.
In the lodge, polished wooden floors, large river rock fireplaces and contemporary artworks create welcoming spaces just made for relaxing after a big day in the great outdoors. The lodge buildings are gathered together on an open hilltop overlooking the sea, in full view of the oceanic weather dancing across the horizon. Accommodation is in 22 luxurious suites and rooms – some in the main lodge, the rest strung along the hill and ridge top – and the gorgeous Owner’s Cottage.
The farm has its own spectacular 18-hole golf course, designed by well known course designer, Tom Doak. The fantastic clifftop location may have you taking your eye off the ball at times, but every hole will be memorable. There are several golf packages available. Cape Kidnappers is also home to 20,000 gannets, making it the largest and most accessible mainland gannet colony in the world. There are also plenty of trails for walking and hiking, horse trekking, 4WD quad bikes and mountain biking. Further afield there is the fantastic Hawkes Bay wine region, the delightful Art Deco city of Napier and world-class wilderness fly fishing. From November to May there is also the very special opportunity to experience the Kiwi Discovery Walk where you will observe your guide working with kiwi in the wild.
- there are 10 Hilltop Suites, with sweeping views over the sea. These 46.5 sq metre suites have a private deck, full bathroom and entry porch. Two of these suites can interconnect to an additional Hilltop Room, adding a second bedroom
- there are 8 Ridge Suites, each 63 sq metres, arranged along a ridge top near the lodge. Each opens to a private deck and has a full bathroom, entry porch and fireplace
- there are 4 lodge Suites located in the main lodge building. These large suites also open to a private deck, and have a full bathroom and entry porch
- the Owner’s Cottage, a short distance from the lodge, is the ultimate in luxury. All 4 bedrooms have private balconies, fireplaces and large bathrooms. The living room has a comfortable dining area and a generous kitchen. There are also two smaller sitting rooms, each with a fireplace, and a jacuzzi out on the stone terrace. The Owner’s Cottage can be taken as either a 2 bedroom suite or a 2 or 4 bedroom house.
The Main Lodge
- the main lodge buildings are inspired by their rural surroundings, with features such as stone walls, heavy timber beams and natural fabrics blending beautifully together. The design evokes colonial prairie style
- the large reception area, lounge and library provide ample spaces to mingle or enjoy a quiet drink
- there are several areas to dine in, including two dining rooms, the wine cellar, several ‘outdoor rooms’ and a beautiful glassed-in loggia
- the silo also provides a relaxing space
- an outdoor pool and a well-equipped gym will let you maintain fitness levels
- a dedicated spa offers three treatment rooms and comprehensive menu of pampering treatments
- Rates include accommodation, pre-dinner drinks, gourmet dinner, full breakfast and use of all lodge facilities (except golf and spa treatments).
- Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket to dinner at Cape Kidnappers
- Hilltop Suite –
- Two people, twin share – $NZ 1,782
- Single stay – $NZ 1,437
- Ridge Suite and Lodge Suite –
- Two people, twin share – $NZ 2,047
- Single stay – $NZ 1,702
- Hilltop Family Suite and Owner’s Cottage – POA
- Minimum 2 night stay applies 15 Dec to 31 Mar; holiday surcharges also apply 24 Dec to 3 Jan
- golf is a feature at Cape Kidnappers. The 6510 metre, 71 par golf course ranges across elevated ridge tops with stunning coastal and rural views. This 18-hole course captures the best of the views, terrain and spectacular weather, making a round here something to remember. Several golf packages are available
- Cape Kidnappers is within easy reach of some excellent fly fishing for brown and rainbow trout. The nearby mountain ranges and forest parks provide unparalleled wilderness and heli-fishing opportunities
- between November and May nature lovers can take a kiwi discovery walk with local rangers who work with these intriguing birds in the nearby native forest. There are few opportunities like this anywhere
- the Cape Kidnappers gannet colony is the largest and most accessible mainland gannet colony in the world. The birds are resident from September until early May
- Hawke’s Bay is New Zealand’s oldest and second largest wine-producing area with fabulous cabernet sauvignon, syrah, merlot and chardonnay wines. Take a wine tour and explore the local flavours and aromas right where they are produced