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Cape Kidnappers is an award winning luxury resort, located in the Hawke's Bay region on New Zealand's North Island.

Cape Kidnappers Lodge - pic courtesy Robertson Lodges

Cape Kidnappers Lodge - the main building

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is set on 6,000 acres of rolling hill top pasture which plunges 800 feet to the surrounding ocean. The Lodge buildings uses a combination of stone, and aged timber, recreating the feel of a working farm.

Comprising the luxury lodge and suites, the Owner's Cottage, a world class spa, and the amazing golf course (ranked 41st best golf course in the world by Golf Magazine), the Farm offers guests a perfect place to relax and unwind in a stunning setting.

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Guest Accommodation-Suites


Your comfort is assured at The Farm. Each suite has panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and golf course, which you can enjoy from the privacy of your own balcony. Your suite has features such as room-controlled air conditioning, fully stocked complimentary mini-bar, high-speed wireless internet, security safe, walk-in closet, remote control flatscreen LCD TV, DVD, CD player with iPod connection, a spacious bathroom complete with heated towel rack, separate WC and shower stalls, oversized bath tub and twin vanities.

Owner's Cottage at Cape Kidnappers - pic courtesy Robertson Lodges

The Owner's Cottage

The Owner's Cottage is the perfect solution for families or friends traveling together.

The cottage contains:

* 4 deluxe bedrooms with fireplaces, large bathrooms, walk-in closets, mini-bars and private balconies.

* Large living room with stone fireplace, open kitchen and dining area.

* 2 small sitting rooms with fireplaces, TVs and comfortable seating.

* Entrance foyer, powder room, stone terrace and outdoor jacuzzi.

The cottage can be rented as either a 2 bedroom or 4 bedroom house.

Dining and Cuisine

At Cape kidnappers you may choose from a variety of dining spaces. Private dining may be arranged by request.

We aim to provide the best possible quality, focusing on local produce.

Dining at Cape Kidnappers - pic courtesy Robertson Lodges


Breakfast is served from 7:00 am to 10:30 am and features a buffet of local and imported fruits, home-made muesli and cereals, yoghurts and freshly baked pastries. In addition, a hot menu featuring eggs, pancakes, crisp bacon, ham and sausages may be ordered.


Lunch is served from 12:00pm to 3:00 pm at the Lodge. The Lodge lunch menu offers a more extensive range of dishes ranging from sandwiches to three course lunches. The Clubhouse offers a small selection of light options. Sandwiches to eat between nines can be ordered prior to tee-off at the Clubhouse. Lunch is not included in the tariff, but can be charged directly to your suite account. Room Service is available on request.


The complimentary cocktail hour begins at 6:30 pm. Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and a wide range of wines, beer and spirits are served.


Dinner is served from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Our dinner menu changes nightly and features the finest New Zealand lamb and beef as well as the best local produce and seafood. Wine and bottled water served with dinner are not included in the daily tariff. During cocktails and dinner, gentlemen are required to wear a jacket (the Lodge has jackets available for guest use at Reception).

Activities at Cape Kidnappers

Cape kidnappers offers you an amazing variety of activities both on, and off the property. You can choose to be as active as you like, and we are sure that we can tailor things to perfectly suit your needs.

Gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers - image courtesy Robertson Lodges

On-Property Activities

Cape kidnappers Property and Farm Tour - No visit to The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is complete without a tour of this 6,000 acre working sheep and cattle farm. Explore this magnificent property in four-wheel drive comfort or, for the more adventurous, try a quad bike tour.

Walking Trails - Whether your pleasure is a short stroll, an early morning jog, or a long walk, you will find them all here at Cape Kidnappers. Walk to the 200 year old Kahikatea tree or jog or walk along Trigg Road which overlooks truly amazing views. For a longer walk head out to the Kanuka Block and enjoy beautiful native bush and inspirational views of the Pacific Ocean. Please contact Reception to order a snack pack of light refreshments and a trail map. Guided walks of the property can also be arranged.

Gannet Colony - Cape Kidnappers is the home of the largest, most accessible mainland colony of gannets in the world. The20,000 gannets at the Cape are members of the Booby family, with distinctive black eye markings and a pale gold crown. Gannets are sized midway between a sea gull and an albatross. Visitors to the colony will see adults and young nesting in rows carrying out their daily routine. The birds can be seen from September until early May when they leave New Zealand for Australia. In September they return and build their nests to ready for the hatching of chicks during December and January.

Spa - We invite you to relax, rejuvenate and revive your body and spirit at our Spa. Located on the hillside above the Lodge, the treatment rooms feature amazing views across the valley towards the sea or over the pine forest to snow crowned Mount Ruapehu. Choose from a variety of treatments including massage, foot reflexology, body wraps, facials, pedicures, manicures and hair care. Relax and enjoy a memorable experience.

Golf at Cape Kidnappers - pic courtesy Robertson Lodges

Golf - Enjoy this stunning setting while playing our golf course designed by the legendary golf architect Tom Doak, the par 71 golf course measures 7,119 yards (6,510 meters) and will challenge golfers of all skill levels. Completed in 2004, Cape Kidnappers has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf and is currently ranked the 41st best golf course in the world by Golf Magazine.

Picnics - Take one of our picnic hampers and visit some of the secluded and picturesque picnic spots on the property. We can drive you from the Lodge or you may prefer to walk a well marked trail. Maps are available at reception.

Trout Fishing - Hawke’s Bay offers a wide range of fishing opportunities. Its major rivers, the Mohaka, Tutkuir, Ngaruroro, Waipawa and Tukituki, are populated with wild brown and rainbow trout. An experienced local guide with a four wheel drive vehicle will pick you up at the Lodge and take you to one of more than 20 different rivers or lakes. Alternatively, we can arrange a true wilderness fishing experience utilizing a helicopter to take you to remote rivers and streams that abound with trout. The fly fishing trip will be tailored to your individual need and skill level, and will give you access to the finest fishing New Zealand has to offer.

Four Wheel Drive Experience - Our local farmer and a 4-wheel-drive specialist can guide guests on adventure tours and provide individual 4-wheel-drive instruction. Our specialists can accompany guests to unique locations, ranging from private beaches to the top of the 3rd Hill - a spectacular place to see the sunrise.

ATV Quad Biking - Take control of the throttle and ride with your guide over the stunning 6,000 acre sheep and cattle farm. These vehicles are an excellent way to explore off the beaten path with the aid of an experienced guide. Drivers must be a minimum of 16 years of age to operate a Quad Bike.

Mountain Bikes - Explore and enjoy our 6,000 acres of The Farm at Cape Kidnappers by bike. We have Adult and children’s mountain bikes are available for guest use.

Kiwi Discovery Walks - Kiwi Discovery Walks are now part of the Cape Kidnappers Guest Activity Program. Lodge guests are able to take part in a very special activity with Kiwi expert Dr. John McLennan and his team who will guide small groups on their radio tracking and monitoring, activities giving guests the chance to get up-close and learn more about one of New Zealand’s most endangered and rare birds.

Relaxing spa treatment at Cape Kidnappers - pic courtesy Robertson Lodges

Off-Property Activities

Scenic Flights - Heli Air Hawke’s Bay offers two scenic flights over Hawke’s Bay lasting, approximately 30 minutes each. Choose between a tour of the stunning coastline surrounding Cape Kidnappers or fly over Hawke’s Bay’s picturesque vineyards, orchards and farmland.

Maori Heritage Tours - Maori are extraordinary people possessing a proud and powerful heritage. Let them share a bit of their fascinating history and culture with you. Visit a Marae (Maori Village), experience a Powhiri (Maori Welcome), and drink in the words of the tribal elders and hear the captivating legends they will share. Half and full-day tours are available.

Hot Air Ballooning - Experience the joys of hot air ballooning over Hawke’s Bay. Float over farmland, orchards and vineyards and admire the backdrop of distant mountain ranges. Flights take place during the first few hours of daylight and are dependant on weather conditions. Flights last approximately 1 hour, but guest should reserve 4 hours of total excursion time.

Paragliding - Soar along the cliffs of Te Mata Peak and enjoy the panoramic views of the Tuki Tuki river valley below. On a good day you can even see majestic snow capped Mount Ruapehu. Flight time is approximately 15 minutes. Experienced guides are available.

4WD experience at Cape Kidnappers - pic courtesy Robertson Lodges

Food and Wine Tours

Hawke’s Bay is New Zealand’s second largest wine growing region and home to over 70 wineries. We can arrange a wide variety of wine experiences from guided tours to wine appreciation classes in our own wine cellar. Tours range from short excursions where you will get a taste of the local styles to a full day experience which will take you into the cellars of some of New Zealand’s top wineries with time to enjoy lunch at one of several highly recommended winery restaurants. Some of the most sought after wines in the region are from Te Awa winery in the Gimblett Gravels Wine Region. As a guest of Cape Kidnappers, we can arrange a personal tour of the cellars with a private tasting and three course lunch. This is a fantastic way to learn about the Winemaking process in a relaxed and friendly environment. Tours are half or full day, and can be designed to suit your requirements.

Hawke's Bay enjoys a Mediterranean climate which provides a rich bounty from the land, sea and rivers. Food tours will give you the opportunity to meet the local producers of cheese, olive oils and orchard fruit and taste their products. Hawke’s Bay is privileged to host two of the most popular markets in the country. Be sure and visit Black Barn Grower’s Market every Saturday morning over summer and the Hawke’s Bay Farmer’s Market every Sunday morning.

Horse Treks - Tramp on horseback across sand dunes, tussock country, and golden sand beaches. Have our stable tailor a trip to your specifications and ability, whether it be two hours or the whole day. There is simply no better way to see the sights! Once at the beach go for a dip, cast a line...or enjoy a picnic on miles of golden sand.

River Kayaking - Our stretch of river is suitable for kayakers of varying skill levels. Experience an easy drift down a scenicriver with warm water, great swimming holes, an abundance of bird life and rural scenery. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the riverbank.

White Water Rafting - Put on your life vest and enjoy a day of white water rafting on the Mohaka river. On the gentle stretchesbetween rapids, take in the breathtaking scenery. A day designed for guests with a sense of adventure - rapids range from relatively gentle to steep drops.

Beaches - The Hawke’s Bay coastline offers plenty of opportunities to partake in water activities. Ocean Beach and Waimarama provide solid scenery and excellent swimming. Our chefs can provide a delicious picnic lunch.

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we are committed to providing our guests the very best hospitality experience the world has to offer. We take great pride in these achievements, so don’t just take these publications and organizations for their word, come and experience our memorable hospitality for yourself.

Here is a small selection of our awards...

CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER MAGAZINE UK October 2009-The 12th Annual Readers' Travel Awards 2009

Cape Kidnappers named in the Top 20 Best Overseas Leisure Hotels.

THE 50 GREATEST COURSES September 2009-Golf Magazine, The 50 Greatest Golf Courses of the past 50 years

Ranked 4th in the world’s greatest golf courses.

WORLD’S BEST AWARDSAugust 2009-Travel + Leisure magazine

Cape Kidnappers and her sister property Kauri Cliffs topped the “World’s Best Awards" - Best Resorts.

Ranked 2nd Best Resort in the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific.


Cape Kidnappers achieves exclusive status.

One of very few properties to be awarded in New Zealand.

GOLF DIGEST-March 2009

Golf Digest - The World's Greatest Golf-Courses 2009-2010.

Ranked 13th in the top 100 world golf courses in the world.


Best New Resorts in Asia Pacific 2008.

Asia’s leading travel magazine "Destinasain" lists Cape Kidnappers as one of the Best New Resorts in the Asia Pacific Region in their 2008 list.


“It List” The Editors’ Choice Awards – Top 27 Best New Hotels in the World 2008.

Cape Kidnappers named in the Top 27 New Hotels in the World 2008.

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