The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

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Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Right in the heart of New Zealand’s stunning countryside, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers resembles a French chateau with high wooden beams, creams, woods and antique furniture being a common theme throughout. Stone floors, large rugs and oversized, deep sofas make for an incredibly cosy setting and perfect for a winter getaway (or summer!).

There are many common areas in which to relax, including lounges, dining areas and ‘outdoor rooms’, complete with large open fires and stylish interior design. There are 22 cottage suites and a four-bedroom Owner’s Cottage which is the ideal solution for a group travelling together. All are fully-equipped with all the necessary mod-cons, ensuite bathrooms and lush furnishings.

Make the most of the extensive activities available on the resort. The prime attraction is Cape Kidnappers golf course which will challenge golfers of all levels. Hailed one of the greatest modern courses with some of the most stunning scenery around, this is will be a day to remember! There is also a Spa with  3 treatment rooms, massages, facials, pedicures and manicures all available.

Spend your days trying out clay pidgeon shooting, tour the farm and surroundings fully, walking trails, visiting the gannet colony, horse trekking, mountain biking and quad biking. Venture further afield for trout fishing, scenic helicopter flights, Maori heritage trails, hot air ballooning or paragliding. It is also possible to organize food and wine tasting courses, river rafting and white water rafting.

There is also an excellent restaurant, presided over by chef Tim Pickering who prides himself on his menu of classic English and French specialities, influenced by seasonal New Zealand cooking. The restaurant is smart in the evening, but expect top-quality food to match your surroundings.

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is the sister property of The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in the Bay of Islands and Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown.

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Location & Getting There

Right in the heart of New Zealand’s stunning countryside, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is a 50-minute flight from Wellington and a 40-minute drive from Napier Airport.


There are 22 cottage suites and a 4-bedroom Owner’s Cottage. Hilltop Suites are situated on the top of the hill above the lodge, offering spectacular vistas. Ridge Suites are spacious living areas with fireplaces and full mini bars. Lodge Suites offer convenience of proximity to the lodge facilities and oversized living areas. Lastly, the Owner's Cottage is ideal for a family or a friends gathering with its 4 deluxe bedrooms with fireplaces, walk-in closets, private balconies, large living rooms and an open-plan kitchen and dining area.


- 50 feet infinity pool
- Spa
- Golf course
- Gym
- Outdoor jacuzzi
- Lounge areas
- Dining: 1 restaurant


Enjoy magnificent views of the sea, pine forests and snow covered Mount Ruapehu while doing spa treatments. Go trout fishing, take scenic flights, join Maori Heritage tours, wine tours, Epicurean tours to Black Barn Grower's market, river kayaking and white water rafting. Lots of activities are on offer for families, such as Wool World live farming show, Arataki Honey learning experience, Splash Planet water theme park, Haumoana Farmyard zoo & pony rides and many more.


Children are welcome. There are complimentary babycots, babysitting services, toys and a kid-friendly menu. Lots of activities are on offer to keep your children well entertained.

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers Price Guide

3 out of 5

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Tried & Tested

Lightfoot Travel’s Mei Yun discovered New Zealand over 10 years ago and instantly fell in love with the unimaginably beautiful scenery and welcoming people. Needless to say, she was more than enthused by her week-long work trip to the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ during which she was introduced to New Zealand’s crème de la crème of luxury lodges, one of them being the Farm at Cape Kidnappers, located in gorgeous Hawke’s Bay.

 How easy is it to get to The Farm at Cape Kidnappers?

If you’re starting with The Farm at Cape Kidnappers as your first port of call, fly into Napier Airport (55 minutes flight from Auckland), and the property is a short and scenic 30 minute ride into the town of Napier. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is 6km away from the town and whilst you drive towards it, you will already get a first glimpse of the superb landscapes all around.

It’s a great inclusion on a self-drive itinerary between the geothermal plateau of the North Island (Lake Taupo & Rotorua) and Wellington as well.

What is unique about this property? Describe it!

With 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean, it’s no surprise that the amazing vistas are amongst the things that make Farm at Cape Kidnappers an exceptional lodge. I still can’t get over the view from my room!

The entire lodge is very warm and welcoming, with light colour tones and high ceiling-ed common areas, giving a airy and calming sense of place complemented with stunning vistas. It’s modelled to resemble an authentic farm stead, so you’ll find purpose-crafted farm tools hanging on walls in the corner to give it its identity.

I particularly enjoyed the fireplace at the library, where you can curl up with a book after a day of visiting the area – famous for its award-winning vineyards. The crackling of the wood gives it a very homely atmosphere. What made the experience enjoyable was being able to meet other guests during pre-dinner drinks, and chat about the day’s activities.

There are only 22 guest suites spread out which mean that indoor common areas don’t get over-crowded and still is very cozy. I thought it was a very much a romantic property, perfect for honeymoons or surprising your special someone and reputed as one of the best in New Zealand.

For families, there are 2 pairs of inter-connecting suites available or The Four Bedroom Owner’s Cottage for multi-generational families to all be together. Suites are also large enough to accommodate a crib for littlest ones and the lodge is more than happy to provide toys and games – you just have to ask!


Tell us about the golf course.

Though I do not play golf, I could tell that is was a particularly impressive course after a quick drive around. The 18-hole course overlooks the ocean, clinging onto the edge of soaring cliffs and is ranked 6th on the world’s list of best golf course. No need to haul your entire golf set, the lodge also has golf gear for rent!

For non-golfers, what is there to do at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers?

Lots! I thoroughly enjoyed driving around the property and watching the dogs herding sheep (part of the property is still a working farm), seeing the garnet colony, one of the largest in the world (which seemed completely undisturbed by our presence) and just going on strolls around Cape Kidnappers. The entire property spans a total of 6000 acres so there’s more than enough room for everyone. There are lots of walking trails ranging from short strolls to more intense one to suit your personal fitness. Mountain biking is almost a must there and during the summer months, opt for a picnic provided courtesy of The Farm @ Cape Kidnappers.

If you’re in need of some down-time after all the hikes, head straight to the hotel’s spa or take a dip in the swimming pool: divine!

What is the food like?

Along with the views, this is another one of Farm at Cape Kidnappers highlights. The culinary team uses local produce and even have their own vegetable garden, so everything is extremely fresh and seasonal. Every dish is designed so that all the flavours complement one another and the team manages that with great ease, leaving us wanting more! Having a sweet tooth, I can’t help but rave about their desserts, particularly the chocolate cake: absolute perfection!

Top 3 highlights

–          Driving around the property and seeing how humans and wildlife cohabitate seamlessly. As an animal lover, watching the dogs and sheep go about their day was memorable for me

–          The property itself is spectacular: the views, the rooms, the design…

–          The atmosphere. There is a sense of exclusivity combined with warmth and coziness that makes The Farm at Cape Kidnappers truly unique


The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

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