Cape Kidnappers - A cliffside golfing masterpiece

The is the second post in our 18 post blog series on New Zealand’s finest golf courses. Read the first post in the series here.

(Blog Series Post #2)

Cape Kidnappers is a Tom Doak masterpiece that sits atop a series of ridges looking over the Hawkes Bay on the East coast of New Zealand’s North Island.

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Cape Kidnappers - A Robertson Lodges property and World 100 Greatest Golf Course

Cape Kidnappers - A Robertson Lodges property and World 100 Greatest Golf Course


Completed in 2004, this course has been visited by many a discerning golf traveler and is consistently ranked as being a top 20 World 100 greatest golf course.

The par 71 18 hole course measures 7,119 yards (6,510 metres) and provides challenge and excitement for all golfers of different skill levels.

The fairways sit perched above the sea along a series of dramatic ridges and cliffs that jut out of the land, leading to dramatic views of a wonderful interplay between sea, land, mountains and air. On a calm crystal clear day, Cape Kidnappers will make you run out of superlatives.

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While every golf traveler must indeed play this course once in their lifetime, there is much more to Cape Kidnappers than just the championship golf course.

One of three famous Robertson Lodges around the country, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is a Relais & Chateaux affiliated luxury lodge and offers a luxury stay like no other.

Marvel at the beautiful scenic views across the Cape Kidnappers property from your hilltop suite

Marvel at the beautiful scenic views across the Cape Kidnappers property from your hilltop suite

A range of spacious luxury suites with stunning panoramic views allows for complete exclusivity and pure relaxation. The levels of blissful contentment are only increased as you experience the range of facilities and amenities on offer.

If not playing out on the course during the day, the Spa at Cape Kidnappers is a sacred venue of heavenly rejuvenation that offers a collection of massages and beauty care.

Pre-dinner drinks and canapes are served before a gourmet dinner of fresh authentic New Zealand cuisine paired with seductive wines.

If time allows, there are also an excellent collection of experiences on offer such as horse riding and a Kiwi discovery walk.

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For all golf travelers coming to New Zealand, a visit to Cape Kidnappers is an absolute must. Read more about our Central Plateau Golf & Wine Tour here which includes staying and playing at Cape Kidnappers.

Are you interested in visiting New Zealand, then email us or use our contact page to enquire about how we can create a bespoke luxury golf travel package for you. Alternatively fill out the quick form below.

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