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July 26, 2013

Golfing and Fishing at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

By Ingrid Skjong | Travel

Golfing and Fishing at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
Courtesy of The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

The North Island of New Zealand is a difficult part of the world to compete with when it comes to gorgeous natural surroundings. And with golf and fishing at the centerpiece of an offering at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, the stunning assets of the region are highlighted even more. The Fish ‘n’ Chipping package, anchored by a three-night stay in a suite, allows guests to experience two of New Zealand’s most beloved pursuits in grand fashion.

The lodge itself, located on a 6,000-acre sheep and cattle farm, houses 22 suites and a double-suite Owner’s Cottage. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the three private beaches and waterfall (a particularly ideal picnic spot), as well as the two pools and tennis courts. The walk to the spa passes through a forest of totara trees. “Everything here is about the individual, personal experience,” says managing director Jay Robertson.

The new offering extends the charm, starting with a round of golf on the 18-hole, par-72 course designed by David Harman, which is considered one of the best in the world. (Harman traveled to Kauri Cliffs 46 times from his home in Florida while building it.) Fifteen holes provide stunning ocean views—the Cavalli Islands and Cape Brett can be seen—and six of those are located along cliffs.

The fishing leg of the stay offers either four hours of land-based fishing or a four-hour trip in the Bay of Islands, and a private driving tour of the North Island results in a proper fish and chips lunch at Mangonui restaurant, which is known for the specialty. And those who want an even greater immersion can get just that, choosing either a private fish and chips cooking lesson with Kauri Cliffs chef Barry Frith or a golf tutorial—focused on the chip shot, of course—with a local pro. Rates start at $3,190; Matauri Bay, Northland; 64-9/407-0010; kauricliffs.com.

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