10 great reasons to stay at the Farm at Cape Kidnappers:

  • the Cape Kidnappers par 71 golf course measures 7,119 yards (6,510 metres) and was designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak

  • the course has exceptional views out across the farm and along the coast

  • on-site and nearby activities include farm experiences, a Kiwi walk, a 4WD Can-Am tour, horse-riding and, of course, golf

  • nearby Cape Kidnappers is the largest, most accessible mainland gannet colony in the world and is a must for nature lovers

  • there’s also excellent fly fishing, Hawkes Bay wine tours, Maori cultural experiences and more

  • The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, in Hawkes Bay on the North Island, is another of New Zealand’s superior luxury lodges

  • accommodation is in a mix of 8 luxury Ridge Suites, 4 Lodge Suites and 8 Hilltop Suites. There is also a fabulous Owner’s Cottage

  • the suites range in size from 46.5 to 63 square metres, and the Owner’s Cottage has 4 bedrooms, which can be taken exclusively or as a 2-bedroom house or suite stay

  • all the accommodation, and the main lodge, have extensive views

  • pre-dinner drinks, breakfast and a multi-course dinner are included in the daily rate


The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is both luxury lodge and 6,000 acre working farm. 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 fiesty oceanic weather dancing across the horizon. The design evokes colonial prairie style and there are a number of dining areas, including two dining rooms, the wine cellar, several ‘outdoor rooms’ and a beautiful glassed-in loggia. An outdoor pool and a well-equipped gym let you maintain fitness levels, while the spa offers 3 treatment rooms and a menu of pampering treatments.

The farm has its own spectacular 18-hole golf course, designed by well known course designer, Tom Doak. The dramatic 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 and the 6,510 metre, 71 par golf course ranges across elevated ridge tops with stunning coastal and rural views.

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 10 Hilltop Suites have sweeping views over the sea, 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 arranged along a ridge top near the lodge. Each opens to a private deck and has a full bathroom, entry porch and fireplace.The 4 lodge Suites, located in the main lodge building, 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.

Nearby Cape Kidnappers is 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 the fantastic Hawkes Bay wine region, the delightful Art Deco city of Napier and world-class wilderness fly fishing offer plenty to see and do. From November to May there is also the chance to experience the Kiwi Discovery Walk where your guide will be working with kiwi in the wild.

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


rates at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers - from $NZ 1,897 per suite per night for 2