Need to know
22 suites (six standard, 16 deluxe), and the two-bedroom Owner’s Cottage.
11am, but flexible subject to availability. Check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $2036.20 (NZ$2,790), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
Rates include include pre-dinner drinks with hors d’oeuvres, gourmet dinner, breakfast, free minibar including domestic beers (excludes spirits and wine) and use of lodge facilities, except spa treatments and use of the golf course.
Don’t miss the uplifting spa, surrounded by verdant totara forest; treatments make use of local mud, minerals, crystals, stones and shells.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, spa, sauna, Jacuzzi, gym, 18-hole golf course, practice range, putting and chipping greens, golf shop, Callaway clubs for hire. Tennis courts, clay-pigeon shooting and mountain bikes. In rooms: TV, DVD/CD player, minibar, Evolu toiletries and private porch.
Our favourite rooms
We’re partial to the six spacious standard suites paired in pretty cottages flanked by forest. All are neutral-toned with comfy armchairs by the fire, walk-in wardrobes, luxe bathrooms and private porches overlooking the sea. But if you fancy more space and your own infinity pool, book into the Two-Bedroom Owner’s Cottage.
Set away from the main lodge for maximum privacy, the infinity pool overlooks the golf course and ocean. But with three secluded swimming beaches nearby and a Jacuzzi, it’s got stiff competition.
Glam golfing threads are a good look here – if you don’t have your own, there's a golf shop at the hotel where you can pick up the latest NZ and global labels, from Fairway & Greene to Polo, Adidas and Footjoy, and clubs can also be hired on site.
The lodge and guest rooms are non-smoking. The lodge offers two smaller bedrooms (each with twin beds) that are ideal for an entourage of security, drivers or staff. A minimum stay of two nights applies during peak season (15 December to 31 March).
Extra beds can be added to Lodge and Ridge Suites. Under-2s stay free, children aged from 2–5 can stay for NZ$200 (plus 15 per cent tax) a night, for over-6s contact the hotel directly for charges.
Kids under five can share your room for free if using the same bedding. Free baby cots are available for infants up to two, and extra beds can be arranged for deluxe suites only from NZ$500–$525 a night (plus tax), depending on the season.
Any age, but older kids will enjoy the range of outdoor activities on offer, from sea kayaking to riding.
Deluxe Suites are large enough to fit a rollaway bed for a child comfortably. Two have an interconnecting smaller second bedroom with two single beds and an ensuite which is ideal for kids. The two-room Owner's Cottage is also family-friendly.
As the hotel is set on a working farm, children can enjoy getting up close to its cute sheep and cows. There are also three secluded beaches nearby for swimming and picnics. Wear older children out with golf, nature walks on marked trails, mountain biking, tennis and riding, as well as wilder water sports such as sea kayaking.
Kids can take a dip in either the hotel's indoor or outdoor pool, sauna and spa, although there isn't a special children's pool.
Kauri Cliffs doesn't have a children’s menu, but the helpful chefs are more than happy to adapt dishes to tots' tastes. Just make staff aware of any dietary requirements and favourite foods.
Hotel staff are happy to babysit with 24 hours' notice, from NZ$25 an hour.
No need to pack
Car seats, baby cots, high chairs and strollers can all be supplied at the hotel. Just mention your needs when booking.