Published on : Monday, January 23, 2017
Set on 6,000 acres of land near Matauri Bay, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs affords spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean. World renowned for its championship golf course, the Kauri Cliffs is one of the most awarded boutique and spa resort hotels in New Zealand.
Over the summer months, guests at Kauri Cliffs can leave the usual dining room formalities behind opting for nestling their toes in the warm sand at Pink Beach – famed for the broken pink sea shells that colour the sand.
Set up on the shores of Pink Beach on crafted wooden picnic tables, guests enjoy an extravagant barbeque complete with award winning service. Executive Chef Barry Frith, a huge fan of local Northland produce, presents line-caught snapper, crayfish (lobster), scallops and oysters complimented by beef, lamb and locally made sausages grilled to perfection and accompanied by fine New Zealand fine wine and cheeses.
Air New Zealand operates flights daily from Auckland to Kerikeri/Bay of Islands airport. Charter flights can also be organised. Guests can opt to be transferred down to Pink Beach by 4WD or walk the 35 minutes via the golf course – one of many on site activities including mountain biking, guided bird watching, nature walks and fishing.
Kai Waho – Outdoor cultural cuisine, Taupo
On the eastern rim of the North Island’s volcanic Central Plateau, Tamau Pa and Kai Waho is a place of warm hospitality that reaches back to an ancient culture. From this elevated and remote riverside setting, Kai Waho guests have exclusive access to a magnificent sub-alpine forest wilderness. The Māori phrase ‘kai waho’ can be translated as outdoor cuisine. It can also describe a master, or teacher, of the ways of the wilderness. Tom Loughlin – an expert hunter, gatherer and professional chef – weaves storytelling into everything he does.
Using traditional Māori gathering techniques and cooking methods, Tom’s guests learn how to cook food deep in the earth in an oven known as a hangi. Steam rising from the heated stones cooks the food – long and slow – resulting in tender, off-the-bone meats and delicious vegetables, infused with a smoky, earthy fragrance.
The turn-off for Tamau Pa cabin is a 40-minute drive east of Lake Taupo. This private land holding is only accessible by air or via an exhilarating 35-minute 4WD off-road journey. Kai Waho experiences (from one to multi-day) are available year-round and may include hunting, fishing and hiking.