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The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

Written and photographed by Laurette Veres

The Kauri trees in this image are often 700-900 years old.

'Bay of Islands and The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is set into 6,000 acres of farm, forest, and beach land.


The Kauri trees here are 700 to 900 years old. This slow growing tree was previously used to build houses and repair ships.

Get to know the property by taking a guided quad-bike tour. Follow Malcolm from SeaToys or see what it’s like to be a farmer with farm manager Jonathan.

Although I’m from Texas, I was up close and personal with more sheep and cattle on this excursion than ever before! Ride through the Pine Forest and livestock-filled paddocks while enjoying expansively breathtaking views of the Cavalli Islands and Pacific Ocean.

Three private beaches and an on-property waterfall give you the opportunity for a quick swim. The pink beach is a great place for a picnic.

Manuka honey is known for its healing qualities; so hop on over to the spa for a signature Mauka honey treatment.

What’s for dinner: Canapes, pan fried hapuka, and red pepper lamb loin.

The delicious local cuisine is featured above.

What’s for dinner: Canapes, pan fried hapuka, and red pepper lamb loin.


Once a week a local dance troop comes to the property. While we sip on Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, the Kerikeri’s Kapa Haka’s authentic performance offers a glimpse into the area’s cultural heritage.


Honeymooners might not want to leave this lodge; however, some off-site options include Manginangina, a park where nature walks teach the story of the forest with its massive trees and lush vegetation. This group tour is a great activity for wedding groups. The Marsden Estate Winery is also a picturesque place for lunch and a charming rehearsal dinner location.


Spend a few hours at the pool appreciate the true wonder that is New Zealand.

Beautiful scenery of the vineyards greets guests.


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