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The lodge at Kauri Cliffs, North Island NZ

by on Mar.10, 2020, under Happenings

We flew to the Bay of Islands airport from Auckland the afternoon of February 18th arriving at the lodge late in the afternoon. Kauri Cliffs is a Robertson Property developed by an American who purchased 6500 acres and in addition to the luxurious lodge, cottages and a championship-level golf course operates a sheep and cattle ranch on the property.  There are three Robertson resorts in New Zealand and we will visit two. The Lodge and cottages have a spectacular 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean and overlook the golf course. During the tour of the beautiful facility, we learn that there will be a beach barbeque that evening, so it’s time to unpack and then we are transported over the grazing land and hills down to a stunning beach that reminds us of the Monterey, California Coast. Cocktails and great dining at sunset on the beach, plus a chance to interact with the other guests from around the world is a great way to start our New Zealand Lodge experience.

The next day we have a private charter to cruise the nearby Bay of Islands. After a great breakfast, we scurry around getting all the things we were told we should take, towels, swimsuit, sunscreen, etc. etc. and show up at the lodge with half of the list. The staff hands us a bag with everything needed when we get to our car and we realize we need to stop thinking and let these great people take care of us. We arrive at the dock and are met by our Captain (owner) Alan and his first mate Jennifer and welcomed aboard “Bucket List”. We are getting over jet lag and our instructions are we look forward to a relaxing day exploring the Bay of Islands. This is exactly what we experience, cruising through islands, seeing the spot where Captain Cook the first European landed, anchoring in a cove and having Alan and Jennifer prepare fresh snapper fillets, barbequed rack of lamb served with fine New Zealand wine, topped off by a Pavlova for dessert. More cruising and finally back at the dock ends a perfect day. Again, the New Zealand theme continues, Alan and Jennifer make us feel like family, not charter customers.

The evening after the cruise on the Bay of Islands during cocktails we were treated to a performance by a local Mauri tribal group.

The final day at Kauri Cliffs included a round of golf. The course was stressed by recent droughts, but still beautiful with great holes along the coast. We enjoyed our golf and had another great dining experience then it was time to pack.

We rose to see a beautiful sunrise then enjoyed another great breakfast overlooking the golf course, and ocean. Then we were off to the airport bound for the Huka Lodge.

 

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