The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke’s Bay, North Island, New Zealand


One of my favorite thing about our recent trip to New Zealand was when we discovered that we had a whole day unaccounted for in our jam packed itinerary. We decided to spend the time visiting The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, which overlooks Hawke’s Bay, on the North Island of New Zealand – a stunning setting in a country that’s not short on stunning settings.

As we drove through the front gate, our driver was telling us about the evolution of Cape Kidnapper’s Farm, from a working sheep farm to a luxury travel destination. The private road followed a riverbed and cut through pine forests.  We spotted plump lambs grazing in a valley.

Soon we glimpsed the ocean and the broader panorama of Hawke’s Bay, which revealed the majestic lodge.  The building appeared from where we were to be perched on top of the world.

Nancy greeted us warmly in the courtyard, before directing us into the main lodge. While the building was a modern sort of rustic design, the interiors were elegant, understated and clearly designed as much for comfort as for good looks.

The style is reminiscent of a French country home, with exposed wooden beams, above a rough grey stonewalls, natural wood paneling and stone floors scattered with cow hides.   The plump oversized couches and arm chairs beside the fireplaces,  beckoned you to snuggle up with a glass of New Zealand pinot.

Then Nancy led us into a sun-drenched loggia, with the most spectacular view of Hawke’s Bay and beyond.

The food was delicious, so much so that I neglected to photograph our start and main dish to share with you. Luckily, sense finally kicked in by dessert and I managed a shot of this banana cream pie rendition. It was a little bit of heaven.

Let’s take a look at the rest of the lodge.

It was definitely the right spot to idle away our vacation time and dream of our return.


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  • Connie
    March 16, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Looks charming!

  • Mary Toboni
    March 17, 2017 at 2:52 am

    What a great trip! I felt I was right there in the river with you!