By Gaya Travel on November 8, 2013


Matakauri Lodge Announces A New Owner’s Cottage! Opening Early January 2014

The Owner's Cottage

The Owner’s Cottage

We are excited to share that the new four-bedroom Matakauri Owner’s Cottage is almost ready! The spacious “cottage” has been especially designed for families and groups of friends traveling together, offering wonderful accommodation for up to 8 guests.The Owner’s Cottage is superbly positioned to capture uninterrupted lake and mountain views, and with all of the amenities one could wish for, all designed by the inimitable Virginia Fisher.

The Owner’s Cottage is available to rent as a 2 bedroom or 4 bedroom cottage. So start planning your family escape or a fun weekend with friends, there is simply no better time or place!

We look forward to sharing more details with you as we near completion: Owners Cottage

Relais & Chateaux Long Lunch New Zealand Style at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers on November 9, 2013

Dale Gartland (Group Executive Chef – Kauri Cliffs, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers + Matakauri Lodge) has invited his fellow New Zealand Relais & Chateaux chefs – Jimmy McIntyre (Otahuna Lodge), Paul Froggatt (Huka Lodge) and James Stapley (Whare Kea Lodge) – a rock star team by any standards – to cook a very special lunch at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers as part of the 2013 F.A.W.C.! – Food & Wine Classic Hawke’s Bay. All four chefs are at the helm of the kitchens at New Zealand’s foremost “luxury lodges”. Having them join together to prepare a lunch in Hawke’s Bay is indeed an opportunity to be jumped at! Each chef will prepare a signature dish, served with special sommelier wine matches.To book tickets visit: a friend of the lodges and to celebrate the first collaboration of New Zealand Relais & Chateaux Lodges, enjoy lunch and stay the night for a special package tariff! Please contact our Reservations team here for details.


The Tiger Tour Returns in 2014

Golf Green with Cavallis

Golf Green with Cavallis

Waiaua Bay with Golf Green

Waiaua Bay with Golf Green

The Tiger Tour is back again with two more 9-night tours across all three award-winning lodges and dozens of out of this world options at each destination. Incorporating the very best of New Zealand’s North and South Islands and limited to just a small number of couples/guests per tour, The Tiger Tour promises the ultimate way to see this great country. It’s New Zealand made easy and is inclusive of acclaimed cuisine, green fees at stunning New Zealand golf courses, and a host of quintessential New Zealand experiences with opportunities to mingle with distinctive New Zealanders, human and otherwise.

For the full Tiger Tour itinerary:
March 5-14 with travel by Private Jet
April 1-10 with travel with Air New Zealand


Group Executive Chef Dale Gartland Achieves 10 Years of Service Milestone

 Chef Dale Gartland

Chef Dale Gartland

When the boy from Shropshire arrived fresh from the kitchens at UK Relais & Chateaux property Gidleigh Park to spend a summer cooking at Kauri Cliffs, he only planned to stay for a season. Dale now celebrates 10 years with our family of lodges – moving steadily upward from consecutive head chef roles at Kauri Cliffs, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, and Matakauri Lodge before becoming Group Executive Chef over all three lodges.Dale’s enthusiasm and ability to tackle any challenge is a credit to him. This attitude has served Dale well when cooking on MasterChef New Zealand or at fabulous events such as the Heston Blumenthal & Thomas Keller dinner. He has also cooked aboard Silverseas Cruises and has recently returned from a guest chef role at the members only The Hong Kong Country Club, and he’s already booked for a special dinner in Melbourne in March 2014 as part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.Take a bow, Dale!

We have some great things going on at the lodges this Spring. I look forward to seeing you soon!

Warm regards,
Jay Robertson
Managing Director


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