New Zealand's Robertson Lodges unveils The Residences, Kauri Cliffs: Three new reasons to visit the Bay of Islands

New Zealand's legendary Robertson Lodges is upping the luxury (and price) ante with the unveiling of The Residences at Kauri Cliffs.They sit on the same Bay of Islands farmland as the company's renowned The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, and share the same 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and access to an award-winning championship golf course, kauri forest hiking trails and three private beaches.

Designed for families, the three new villas have four bedrooms each, large kitchens with butler's pantries and enormous living spaces, including expansive outdoor living where verandahs lead to a large saltwater pool and deck.

The interiors are light and relaxed but beautifully textured with objets d'art and tactile soft furnishings. Robertson Lodges stalwart, interior designer Virginia Fisher, took the reins in this department. Having overseen the original Kauri Cliffs, as well as sister lodges The Farm at Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri Lodge, the look and feel is very much in the family.

All four guest bedrooms have their own bathrooms and direct outdoor access and, of course, breathtaking views of the surrounding oceanside beauty.

Guests can chose to walk or take their private golf cart to the main Lodge at Kauri Cliffs to utilise the tennis courts, walking trails, private beaches and fitness centre, as well as the activities for which the original lodge is renowned, including fishing, surfing – and eating.

Stays come with full daily breakfast, lunch, pre-dinner drinks, canapes, dinner and a generously stocked minibar with New Zealand wine, beer and select spirits.

Rates at The Residences at Kauri Cliffs start from $NZ16,900 a night. Each residence accommodates up to eight guests. The first of the three is open to stays from November. See robertsonlodges.com

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