Hawke's Bay

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers


One of NZ's best lodges

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers sits atop rolling hills and rugged cliffs overlooking Hawke's Bay, surrounded by a protected sanctuary for native wildlife and working ranch.

22 suites are bright and classically styled with large bathrooms, scenic balconies and wonderful attention to detail. The Owner’s Cottage is a private retreat with four ensuite bedrooms ideal for families or groups.

In the main lodge you’ll find the pool, spa, library and bar. With abundant seasonal produce from the farm and garden as well as the region’s celebrated wines, dining at the restaurant here is a real highlight too.


At a glance

  • 22 suites

  • Four-bedroom Owner's Cottage

  • Restaurant, swimming pool and spa

  • World-renowned golf course

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    Mountain biking

    Hit the tracks and explore the property by mountain bike. Cape Kidnappers has men’s, women’s and children’s bikes available for use.

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    Can-Am tours

    Largely inaccessible to regular vehicles, Cape Kidnappers is best explored by Can-Am. Discover this rugged terrain with a personal guide as you travel to the very edges of this vast coastal property, remote beaches and surrounding ranges

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    Kiwi Discovery Walk

    Head out on a guided excursion to observe the kiwis and tuatara in the restored Cape Sanctuary, learn what it's like to be a 'kiwi ranger' and how the reserve is protected.


Surrounded by 2,400 hectares of farmland in Hawke's Bay, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is also home to a sanctuary for native birds and wildlife. The largest privately owned and funded wildlife restoration project of its kind in New Zealand, The Cape Sanctuary boasts the most diversity of native birds in an area of mainland coastal New Zealand.

The project began with the building of a 10.6km coast-to-coast predator-proof fence across the base of the Cape Kidnappers peninsula. Completed in 2007, the fence prevents invasive predators from reaching the headland, bringing back the coastal communities of land birds, sea birds, reptiles and invertebrates. Key to these efforts are the relocation and protection of juvenile kiwi bird, endangered takahe and the preservation of the gannet colonies and the protection of precious flora and fauna.

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