Kauri Cliffs Lodge.
Ben tees off at Kauri Cliffs.
For golfing enthusiasts, we give you New Zealand's latest, greatest and most expensive golf course... Cash up and tee off!
Kauri Cliffs Golf Club and Lodge blends perfectly with its surrounds. You will find New Zealand's latest, greatest and most expensive golf course amid 1620 hectares of rolling farmland near Matauri Bay. Each hole cost over $1 million to build! With a price tag like that, perhaps it's no surprise that a round of golf costs $350! David Harman, the designer of the course, said "natural forces created Kauri Cliffs. I just built the greens and tees."
The course is a par 72 championship with four sets of tees to challenge every skill level. Fifteen holes have sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, taking in the Cavalli Islands and Cape Brett to the south. Six of the holes run alongside cliffs that plunge into the sea. The inland holes wend their way through marsh, forest and farmland.
At the 10th hole, on the edge of a native forest, there are eight superb cottages, each with two units. They have views across the Pacific and a spacious bedroom with sitting area, open fireplace and en-suite as well as separate lounge and dining rooms and broad verandahs.
The golf course boasts spectacular views, but non-golfers should check with the pros to make sure they visit at a time that will not interrupt anyone's game.
There are astroturf tennis courts, a swimming pool with spa and a well-equipped fitness centre with locker rooms, and a well-stocked pro shop. There is access to three secluded swimming beaches where guests can picnic and barbecue.
The main dining room serves superb gourmet cuisine. Luncheon and dinner menus change daily, and there is an emphasis on use of local produce. Complimentary cocktails are served each evening.
There is a large-screen television in the Tiger Room, as well as a computer station with Internet access. All facilities, except for golf, are free of charge. Nearby are plenty of activities, such as big-game fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling or sailing. There are guided tours to Ninety Mile Beach, Tane Mahuta, Doubtless Bay, the Puketi Kauri Forest, Rainbow Falls Waitangi Treaty House and the historic town of Russell. Boats can be rented for tours to the Cavalli Islands, Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock. Trips to swim with dolphins can also be arranged.
You can walk to the beautiful Pink Beach along a trail from the sixth green, or be taken by four-wheel drive to Waiaua Beach which is covered with soft fine white sand. While at the sixth hole, take advantage of the parapets put there so you can see the waterfall.
Kerikeri Basin has New Zealand's oldest stone building, Kemp House, and along with the old Anglican Church on the hill, it is postcard pretty.
Bay of Islands, three hours' drive north of Auckland in New Zealand.
A round of golf at Kauri Cliffs
is around $350 per person, and accommodation at the Lodge starts from $410 per person, including breakfast, dinner and pre-dinner drinks. A one-way helicopter flight for up to four people from Paihia costs $580.Qantas
flies daily to Auckland. Return economy airfares start at $509 from the east coast, $709 from Adelaide and $909 from Perth.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.
More informationKauri Cliffs
Matauri Bay Road, Northland, New Zealand
Ph: 0011 64 9 405 1905
Fax: 0011 64 9 405 1091
: Phone 13 1313
For a safe and healthy journey, talk to the travel doctor
: 1300 658 844 or visit traveldoctor.com.au