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The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, the fifth best resort in the world.

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, the fifth best resort in the world. Image: Courtesy of Kauri Cliffs.

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The Owner's Cottage on site can be rented.

The Owner’s Cottage on site can be rented. Image: Courtesy of Kauri Cliffs.

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The living room in the Owner's Cottage, designed by Virginia Fischer.

The living room in the Owner’s Cottage, designed by Virginia Fischer. Image: Courtesy of Kauri Cliffs.

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The lobby of The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs.

The lobby of The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs. Image: Courtesy of Kauri Cliffs.

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The lodge's dining room.

The lodge’s dining room. Image: Courtesy of Kauri Cliffs.

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One of the bedrooms in the Northland hotel.

One of the bedrooms in the Northland hotel. Image: Courtesy of Kauri Cliffs.

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The lodge includes a spa, described by <em>Travel + Leisure</em> as one of the best in New Zealand.

The lodge includes a spa, described by Travel + Leisure as one of the best in New Zealand. Image: Courtesy of Kauri Cliffs.

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The entrance to Kauri Cliffs.

The entrance to Kauri Cliffs. Image: Courtesy of Kauri Cliffs.

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The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, owned by New York financier Julian Robertson, has always been one of the best places to stay in New Zealand. But now the resort designed by US architect Dave Harman and New Zealand interior designer Virginia Fischer is officially one of the best in the world.

Travel + Leisure Magazine readers have voted Kauri Cliffs number five in the world in the World’s Best Awards 2013 (and the Top Lodge or Resort in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific). The  waterfront property in Northland is the only New Zealand property to be included in the top five. Mombo Camp in Botswana was named the number one resort in the world.

The results of the annual survey, which take into account rankings from 17,000 readers, were announced this month. In the latest issue of Travel + Leisure, the editors wrote: ”The 22-suite Lodge at Kauri Cliffs rests on 6,000 acres of picture-perfect rolling North Island countryside. While golf is the main draw, there are also two tennis courts, an infinity pool, and three secluded swimming beaches. The spa, regarded as one of the best in New Zealand, is in a native totara rainforest with indoor and outdoor fireplaces for chilly Kiwi days. Book the Owner’s Cottage for 4,200 square feet of space, two bedrooms and golf course views.”

“Kauri Cliffs has received many accolades over the past decade but being named in the top five in the World by Travel + Leisure readers is a wonderful achievement and one I sincerely believe is great for all of New Zealand. We are honoured and delighted,” says the lodge’s managing director Jay Robertson.

For full results of the World’s Best Awards, click here.


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