The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is just that: a working farmstead of arable land and sheepherding, poised on the edge of a scenic bluff on North Island’s east coast so dramatic, idyllic and untouched that the views – best enjoyed from the outdoor swimming pool or Jacuzzi – are worth the trip alone.
With 6,000 acres of pristine private coastal lands to explore, you can be hiking, birdwatching, mountain biking or horse-riding all day without either seeing another soul or actually leaving The Farm’s own grounds. That said, the endless outdoor adventures and walking trails, heli-tours, kayaking, clay pigeon shooting, all-terrain vehicle drives and family-friendly activities available here are certainly not intended to overshadow the joys of time spent at The Farm, Cape Kidnappers itself.
Its stunning coastal setting, for example, provides a timeless sight primed for indulgent days away from the real world, perhaps with a good book, or scenic picnics in tranquil isolation. There’s then an onsite 71-par golf course that must rank among the most memorable anywhere in the world, a spa offering all kinds of massage therapies, and a farm-to-fork fine dining restaurant too. This is the kind of gastronomic experience that everyone should crave while on their tailormade New Zealand escape, as refined plates of seasonal produce are presented to delectable precision, having been sourced from the estate, nearby fishing waters or farmers market.
Last but by no means least, you then have the look of the lodge, communal spaces and accommodation options. Interior design throughout is simply a magical take on rustic-chic, that’s been pulled off to perfection. Simultaneously, the vaulted lounge area looks as traditional as they come with its high ceilings and exposed beams, yet the wood itself doesn’t look more than a day old, the furnishings sing ‘farmhouse allure’ but are equally immaculate and each fireplace also adds something extra special. The reason for all of this is that every element of The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is of the highest quality: authentic, original, lovingly considered and befitting of this natural place, leaving you asking no questions as to why this is one of New Zealand’s best boutique retreats.
Each exclusive suite and lodge at The Farm, Cape Kidnappers is a heavenly New Zealand retreat of farmhouse furniture and stylings, antique-style barn doors on original sliders, cream walls and plenty of light thanks to huge French windows. The picture is complete with soft patterned carpets, wicker armchairs and a terrace offering golf course or Pacific Ocean views. And, as bucolic as this all sounds, you do then find a fully 21st century walk-in rain shower, standalone bathtub, king-size beds, Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV that should keep little ones happy if travelling to North Island as a family.
Restaurants and Bars
The epitome of fine dining and farm-to-fork cuisine comes as part of the package at The Farm, Cape Kidnappers. Being situated on working arable land – as its name suggests – this New Zealand retreat is proud to champion sustainable, seasonal produce prepared to showcase the country’s very best gastronomic experiences. Whether the delectable handpicked leaves that go into your starter or organic dairy used in every flavour-packed seafood foam, and wine chosen to pair with it all; it’s either grown onsite, fished nearby or purchased from a local farmers market here. The result is an upmarket, changeable menu throughout the day that soon becomes a major highlight of any stay at this North Island retreat that keeps on giving.
Activities and Entertainment
Experiencing New Zealand’s great outdoors goes hand-in-hand with any stay at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, and there is just so much to choose from. Onsite or nearby you can visit the farm and animals, go clay pigeon shooting, shepherding, hiking or horse-riding around the 6,000-acre reserve. Or, perhaps visit a nearby Gannet colony, take a birdwatching walk or guided hike, discover the natural beauty of Hanging Rock Gorge and visit Kiwi and Parrot conservation projects. You can discover Hawke’s Bay in an all-terrain vehicle, go kayaking and even take to the skies in a heli-hiking or helicopter sightseeing tour visiting the Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake and Te Mata Peak, among countless other unforgettable locations. Private picnics, a round on the resort’s own 71-par golf course or simply unwinding in the spa; every day spent with The Farm at Cape Kidnappers can look one of many different, equally enchanting ways.
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers may be all about the great outdoors, but there is still a notable level of onsite facilities to back up the excursions, luxe accommodation options, views and food that this top New Zealand retreat is known for. There’s an onsite cliffside golf course that must be one of the most scenic courses in the world, plus a spa providing all manner of massage therapies and everything needed to enjoy some of those outdoor pursuits such as mountain biking or horse riding. The gardens and grounds house a partly covered patio with stunning views and an outdoor swimming pool that also overlooks the coast, as well as a Jacuzzi and sun loungers too.
1/12 - Exterior of The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay
2/12 - Owner's Cottage Kitchen at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay
3/12 - Owner's Cottage Master Bedroom at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay
4/12 - Spa Couples Treatment Room at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay
5/12 - Ridge Suite at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay
6/12 - Spa Balcony at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay
7/12 - Courtyard at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay
8/12 - Foyer at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay
9/12 - Loggia at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay
10/12 - Snug at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay
11/12 - Wine Cellar at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay
12/12 - Swimming Pool at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay
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