The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

New Zealand and Cook Islands, South Pacific

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Why we choose The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

The Farm’s boutique lodge accommodations and indulgent amenities make it one of the best in New Zealand

  • Cape Kidnappers’ golf course is ranked among the best in the world
  • The four-bedroom Owner’s Cottage has a private Jacuzzi
  • The main lodge boasts a stocked wine cellar with tasting room

Not a penny has been spared to build the Farm at Cape Kidnappers, which undeniably raises the bar for New Zealand lodges when it comes to five-star status. But truthfully, you can find plenty of places that offer luxurious details; what separates the Farm from the pack is that it’s actually a farm. It’s built within the confines of a wildlife sanctuary, and you can get up close and personal with rare kiwis and gannets. Try getting that at the Four Seasons.

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All the rooms are spacious and handsomely decorated and we couldn’t pick a favorite, though the Owner’s Cottage—an exceptional 4-bedroom villa—would be ideal for a large group or family vacation.

What you need to know about the hotel

Set on 6,000 rolling acres of pasture land, the Farm is an outdoor lover’s five-star dream on Hawke’s Bay

  • The solar-heated infinity pool offers poolside loungers and a cabana for soaking up views out of the sun
  • Cape Kidnappers is home to a substantial vegetable and herb garden, which helps determine the chef’s changing daily menus
  • The property has an abundance of scenic picnic sites, perfect with a gourmet picnic—and maybe the lodge’s legendary chocolate chip cookies?

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers shuns white-glove formality in favor of relaxed service from a friendly, motivated staff. Though there are thousands of acres here, it’s only got about two dozen suites, most of which are separated from the main building for privacy. All of the rooms are spacious, handsomely decorated and inviting, so you can’t make a misstep in your choice.

The top-notch amenities include an 18-hole golf course ranked 33rd in the world and an intimate hillside spa with glorious views. You’ll want to spend some time in the main lodge, which offers roaring fires, contemporary art, dining spaces, a wine cellar and gym.

Where is it and what's nearby

Cape Kidnappers has 180-degree panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean from New Zealand’s north island

  • The property is home to over 50 endangered native Kiwi, which even most New Zealanders have never seen in the wild
  • The lodge offers maps of the expansive grounds, complete with treks for all fitness levels and complimentary mountain bikes
  • Hawke’s Bay is home to about 90 wineries, with the most famous wines being chardonnay, merlot, syrah and cabernet

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is set on one of the largest privately owned and funded wildlife restoration projects in New Zealand. So the 6,000 acres of rolling farmland overlooking the Pacific Ocean contains not only a great golf course, but gardens planted with native shrubs and trees and numerous native birds—some of which are endangered. It makes sense that the owners want people to take advantage of the natural wonderland here, which is why they’ve arranged lots of guided and non-guided activities for exploring the property.

If you want to go off property, you’ll fit right in with New Zealand’s notoriously outdoorsy lifestyle with experiences like trout fishing, hot air ballooning, kayaking or river rafting. You can also take part in a Maori heritage tour that offers a glimpse into the rich culture of the native Maori people.

How to enjoy New Zealand and Cook Islands

There’s something inescapably alive and refreshing about New Zealand. It’s as though the very landscape has had a hit of the adrenaline so favored by the bungy-jumping, extreme skiing, white water rafting thrill seekers

  • Visit the home of Bilbo Baggins on the Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, or recreate the dwarves’ escape down the Pelorus river (bring your own barrel)
  • For a healthy dose of intimidation, face down a Haka (war dance), or try the more peaceful nose touch greeting; Maori culture can be found throughout the nation
  • Enjoy the relaxed coastal vibe of Auckland, head to stylish Ponsonby for elegant nightlife, or catch a game of rugby at Eden Park

Sometimes it's best to get the hardest thing over first. So, we’ll just jump in and tell you straight off: New Zealand is the home of the commercial bungy jump. The world’s first permanent public bungy opened at Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge near Queenstown in 1988. It’s still going strong so, if world-firsts are your thing, you can go take a flying leap. There are also plenty of other perches throughout the country just waiting for you to take the plunge.

Back on the ground you’ll be spoilt for stunning vistas from the fiords of the south west, to the black sand of Auckland’s Karekare beach (as seen in The Piano), to the snowcapped peaks of Mount Cook. New Zealand is famed for its wines. Pair the world class Sauvignon Blancs from Marlborough with local greenshell mussels or head to Hawke’s Bay, noted for its cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Nestled at the southern end of the Bay is Napier, home to 140 exquisite Art Deco buildings.

The Cook Islands, a scattering of coral atolls northwest of New Zealand, are vacation perfection. A combination of pristine sand, coral reefs and turquoise lagoons wrap around a lush, tropical interior. Head to Aitutaki Lagoon to snorkel the teeming deepwater channels that surround the tiny motu (islets). Rarotonga offers a bustling market where you can sample delicacies such as ika mata (a raw fish salad with fresh coconut milk), and peruse stalls of local crafts. Keep an eye out for rare black pearls on sale too. Hire a guide and tour the caves of Atiu. A short trek through dense jungle–where you'll see and hear dozens of exotic birds–leads you to a network of vast caves where you can swim in the crystal-clear lakes under stalactite-encrusted cathedral ceilings.

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    When to visit New Zealand and Cook Islands

    Summer falls between December and February (temperatures reaching a comfortable 70F), with winter (June to August) hovering between the 30s and 60s depending on location. Visit Napier in February to see classic car parades, Jazz performances and parties worthy of Gatsby.

  • We say

    Don’t let the name fool you; we’ve never seen a ‘farm’ like this.

  • You need to know

    The lodge closes for maintenance during the winter.

  • You need to know

    There’s a 15-minute drive from the property’s front gate to the lodge itself.

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When you book with us

Because of our special relationship with The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, we include these exclusive benefits when you book through Protravel:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Full breakfast served in the restaurant or via room service
  • USD $100 equivalent spa services credit per booking

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