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Capella Hotel Group just signed three new luxury properties in New Zealand: the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in Matauri Bay, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers in Hawke’s Bay and Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown.
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is located just north of the Bay of Islands and sports clifftop views of the Pacific Ocean and Cavalli Islands. The 22 guest suites each have a private porch, bedroom with sitting area and open fireplace, and the two-bedroom Owner's Cottage comes equipped with its own pool and Jacuzzi. There is also a main lodge for mingling, luxury spa and access to three private swimming beaches. For golf fans, the resort's 18-hole course is ranked #39 in the world by Golf Digest. Adventure junkies also have access to over 20 miles of walking trails, horseback riding, kayaking, fishing, surfing and possum hunting. Nearby attractions include the kauri forest, the Te Paki sand dunes and Cape Reinga, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean.
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is another clifftop property, with 22 guest suites and a four-bedroom Owner's Cottage set on a peninsula 700 feet above the sea. The golf course, designed by Tom Doak, is ranked #22 in the world by Golf Digest. Additionally, the property hosts one of the largest gannet colonies in the Southern hemisphere and offers kiwi observation tours where a siting can be guaranteed. Guests can also explore over 30 miles of hiking trails, try out clay shooting or take a 4x4 ATV ride. Off property, guests can also take advantage of the fifty plus vineyards which are within a 45 minute drive of the resort.
Matakauri Lodge is an alpine lakeside retreat located in Lord of the Rings territory on the South Island. Set Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand’s largest lake, the resort has 12 guestrooms and suites, in addition to a four-bedroom Owner's Cottage, all of which offer views of the lake and The Remarkables mountain range. The resort is 10 minutes from Queenstown and offers a base to explore the area. Helicopter tours are also available.