Farm Life & Luxury at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand

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The Farm at Cape Kidnappers sits 1,000 ft. above the Pacific.
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers sits 1,000 ft. above the Pacific.

The main lodge, which features two dining rooms and a covered loggia for dining and socializing, is a renovated farmhouse with rich interiors, abstract paintings, exposed wood beam ceilings and wood furnishings; local materials were incorporated into the design elements. Groups will appreciate the discerning service, gourmet dinners and wine pairings at this Relais & Chateaux property. The lodge has 22 spacious individual sleeping cottages that brim in natural light. Each has a foyer entrance with a stocked minibar, large bathrooms with double vanities and sleeping rooms that open onto porches overlooking the rolling hills and ocean. There is also a full-service spa and a four-bedroom owner’s cottage.

Golf fanatics won’t be disappointed with this property either, as it boasts a par 71 championship golf course designed by Tom Doak. In fact, the lodge was named “2014 Golf Resort of the Year” in the International Association of Golf Tour Operators’ “Best of the World” category, and rated No. 6 in the world on Golf Digest’s list of Top 100 courses outside the U.S. Farm and Gannet tours, ATV quad biking and Kiwi discovery guided walks/hiking can be arranged.

Include a visit to nearby Napier, dubbed the “Art Deco Capital of the World.” Special treatment can come in the form of a narrated tour of the city’s unique history and Art Deco architecture with Art Deco Vintage Car Tours, conducted by Graham Holley, who is passionate about his town.

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Laurel Herman
Laurel Herman is publisher/editorial director of Prevue. She has spent the last 39 years roaming the globe with the focused belief that sharing stories of different cultures and experiences is an integral way to foster world peace. It all started in 1972 while she was finishing her college education in London, when she had the opportunity to backpack throughout Europe. Laurel continued her love affair with travel by expanding Recommend Magazine to a worldwide destination brand when she became its publisher/editorial director in 1985. She then launched the Prevue brand in 2009, which has taken her to destinations like Egypt, India, Australia, France, Barcelona, Thailand, Italy and Israel, among others.

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