On the course’s 10th anniversary, American golf architect Tom Doak has done a podcast discussing Cape Kidnappers, a spectacular layout in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.
Not to state the obvious, but New Zealand is a fantastic destination for golfers and non-golfers alike. Yes it does have fantastic golf courses; especially in the shape of Kauri Cliffs, Wairakei, Cape Kidnappers, Jack’s Pint and The Hills to name but a few; but it also offers some great activities for when you are not on the course. In the Bay of Islands you can cruise around the little islands off the coast, in Taupo see the awesome Huka Falls, in Napier take in a selection of great wineries and in Queenstown see some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. The Remarkables mountain range is on your doorstep and stunning Milford Sound is just a short flight over the Southern Alps.
Given all of the tough breaks that Christchurch, on the east coast of the South Island has endured in recent times, it is heartening to see a new golf development proceeding according to this recent article. New Zealand is truly a magnificent country with wonderful scenery, great golf, outstanding accommodations, superb wine and most importantly populated by charming, friendly people.
I have no doubt that the recent turmoil in New Zealand has affected their tourism industry. We can only hope that more good news like this in the pipeline. The recent GOLF Magazine Top 100 poll recognized Cape Kidnappers as #33 in the World as ultimately it is the cumulative effect of small pieces of information that generally help shape travelers destination of choice.
Congratulations to The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs on being voted No.1 Lodge/Resort in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific by readers of Travel & Leisure. This is the 16th year the awards have been held and the rankings are based on rooms/facilities, location, service and restaurant food and value. Kauri Cliffs came in 11th place in the World’s Best Awards. You can see further details on the awards by clicking here.
Kauri Cliffs is owned by New Yorkers Julian & Josie Robertson who also run the fantastic Cape Kidnappers resort near Napier on the South Island which has one of the world’s best courses. In addition to this, they have recently opened the new Matakauri Lodge near Queenstown.