Cape Kidnappers

Fast Facts

  • Location: Hawke’s Bay Wine Region, New Zealand
  • Course Designer: Tom Doak
  • Ranking: No. 2 in New Zealand (Golf Digest’s Top 100 Golf Courses)
  • Area activities: Wine tours, fly fishing, helicopter excursions

Insider Tip

“At Cape Kidnappers, the most important item in your golf bag should be your camera. On the back 9, you’ll be presented with one of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet. Take a lot of balls, don’t worry about your score (it’s tricky to judge distances amongst the cliffs and crashing waves), and enjoy nature’s spectacle. Fun fact: One of our clients, Dan LeGear, experienced the thrill of a hole-in-one here back in 2014.”

Douglas Herbert,
Vice President & Director of International Operations


Designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak, the Cape Kidnappers par 71 golf course has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf. Built on a ridge-and-valley landscape and with stunning sea views, Cape Kidnappers Golf Course plays high above the ocean atop dramatic cliffs.


The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is one of New Zealand’s most stunning luxury lodges. Each of the spacious suites offer sumptuous, rustic-luxe interiors and awe-inspiring views in equal parts. On-property experiences include romantic picnics overlooking the dramatic cliffs, demonstrations on the working sheep farm, Kiwi bird encounters, horseback riding, and visits to the largest, most accessible mainland colony of gannets in the world. Back at the lodge, a heavenly spa and delightful dining experiences await.

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Sample Itineraries

19 days

Best of New Zealand Golf Tours: Created By Golfers

Golf New Zealand’s top-rated courses with this itinerary designed by golfers. Cap off your golf tour with the crowning gems of New Zealand golf: Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs.