The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is one of New Zealand’s premier lodges, with a reputation for unrivalled luxury and superb hosting. Set in 6,000 acres of farmland atop the dramatic coastline of Matauri Bay (north of the Bay of Islands) it offers a wonderful retreat with superb views of the Pacific Ocean and Cavalli Islands. The 22 guest suites are located in cottages dotted around the grounds, all with a private porch or balcony, comfortable indoor seating area and an open fireplace, designed to feel like home away from home. The property has an indulgent spa as well as a swimming pool, jacuzzi and fitness centre. There are also two astro-turf tennis courts and an award-winning 18-hole golf course. Guests also have direct access to three secluded beaches and can make use of mountain bikes and join in guided nature walks. The pièce de resistance, however, is the food, with some of New Zealand’s most talented chefs creating incredible dishes inspired by local produce. A gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner menu is available, the latter of course accompanied by the country’s finest wines.