Just a short 45 minute flight from Auckland and set amid 6,000 acres of pristine coastal landscape near Matauri Bay, this ultra-luxe retreat benefits from an unrivalled location. With sweeping, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the lodge also plays host to a David Harman-designed clifftop golf course that ranks among the world’s best. This being a Relais & Châteaux property, you can expect superb facilities, including a magnificent infinity swimming pool, a full service spa and gourmet dining showcasing the best of New Zealand’s produce, including delightful picnics that can be enjoyed near spectacular beaches and waterfalls within the resort’s expansive grounds. There are 22 beautifully appointed suites at Kauri Cliffs, housed in 11 cottages spread across the site. The traditional-style cottages are tucked away along a picturesque, tree-lined path that sits on the edge of native bush and the suites offer amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and golf course. Each spacious suite benefits from its own private porch to frame yet more of those gorgeous views, and consists of a relaxing bedroom, separate living area and luxurious ensuite bathroom. For those on a quest for something a bit special there is the Owner’s Cottage, a magnificent, 4,200 square foot dwelling which looks out over the golf course and ocean, and features a lounge and two bedrooms, plus the luxury of its own private infinity pool and outdoor barbecue.