Kiwi fruits: New Zealand's finest

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Kauri Cliffs | New Zealand

Regular readers of this magazine will know that we have a bit of a soft spot for Cape Kidnappers, the spectacular cliff-top golf course in New Zealand.


As such, we figured it was only right that we re-dress the balance and turn the spotlight on another of the country’s magnificent layouts: the dramatic Kauri Cliffs.

Opened in 2000, it sits around 500 miles to the north of Cape Kidnappers and occupies an eye-wateringly large area of land owned by American hedge fund billionaire Julian Robertson.

Course designer David Harman laid it out in such a way as to take full advantage of its stunning oceanfront setting. Indeed, 15 holes have Pacific views, six of which play alongside cliffs that plunge down towards the sea.

The Colonial-style lodge, meanwhile, is a cosy, beautifully furnished place to stay.

It’s not for nothing that Kauri Cliffs has earned the reputation of being ‘the Pebble Beach of New Zealand’.

Log-on to kauricliffs.com for more information.

Cape Kidnappers


New Zealand – Top picks


1. Cape Kidnappers

Like Kauri Cliffs, this remarkable project was funded by Julian Robertson and opened in 2004. It is, in a word, dazzling, with many holes laid out along fingers of land protruding into the sea.

Tara Iti

2. Tara Iti

Designed by Tom Doak - the brains behind Cape Kidnappers - Tara Iti takes its inspiration from some of the UK’s top courses.

Paraparaumu Beach

3. Paraparaumu Beach

Located 45 minutes from Wellington, Paraparaumu Beach has hosted the New Zealand Open a record 12 times.

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