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My Route du Bonheur

New Zealand from North to South

Julian Robertson
By Julian Robertson, Owners of three Relais et Châteaux hotels in New Zealand: The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri Lodge

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Julian Robertson was born in North Carolina, in the United States. This American founded a veritable financial empire with Tiger Fund and fell in love with the landscapes of New Zealand, where he has built three of the most beautiful hotels in the Pacific. Demonstrating his love for the country, he recently presented fifteen masterpieces to the Auckland Art Gallery, including paintings by Picasso, Gauguin, Matisse and Mondrian, after having made a large donation following the earthquake which struck Christchurch in 2011. Julian Robertson has been named an Honorary Knight Companion of New Zealand, the country’s most important honour. "It was in 1978 that I came to New Zealand for the very first time. My wife and I had decided to take a few months off to spend some time with our young children, and for me to write the great American Novel. We spent six months here and I loved every minute of it. In 1995, I finally returned here and embarked on the Kauri Cliffs project. I didn’t know it at the time, but this was only the first step of a personal and financial investment. Since then, I have been coming here several times a year to enjoy the incredible New Zealand landscapes, which are perhaps the most beautiful in the world. A lot of my friends think of me as part-Kiwi now…"
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
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1 Matauri Bay — 3 Nights
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The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

Matauri Bay - New Zealand

Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. Set on 6,000 acres near Matauri Bay, Northland, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs offers spectacular 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean, and overlooks a championship golf course. The beautiful panoramic view encompasses Cape Brett, and the Cavalli Islands. This splendid plantation lodge has a spacious living room, two private day rooms and a beautiful dining room with outdoor decks overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The magnificent spa facility is located in a native Totara forest, while the cottages are nestled on the edge of the forest and have been designed to offer the same stunning vista as the veranda of the main lodge. ... Learn moreless

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Kauri Cliffs Golf Course

Kauri Cliffs Golf Course

Built in 2001, the Kauri Cliffs golf course is considered to be the finest work of the late architect David Harman (who was a business partner of Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer). Within the space of two years, David made some 46 round trips between Florida and New Zealand, to transform the wild landscape into a unique golf course. The course offers 18 holes spread over 6,510 metres (par 72) in a breathtaking setting: 15 holes look out over the Pacific Ocean, and six of them are set right on the cliffs. One year after the course was completed, it was already ranked among the finest courses in the world. Former world number one Frederick Couples put it very simply: It’s the most beautiful place I have ever played.

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2 Queenstown — 3 Nights
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Matakauri Lodge

Queenstown - New Zealand

Hotel and restaurant on a lake. On splendid, mysterious Lake Wakatipu, the cradle of ancient Maori legends and one of the most serene landscapes in the world, Matakauri Lodge offers stunning views of the mountain ranges. Each of the beautiful suites has a private porch, bedroom with sitting area and open fireplace, a walk-in wardrobe and bathroom. Eight of them are outlying, the three other are housed in the main lodge, which also boasts a spacious lounge, dining and living areas with views of the lake. A magnificent spa with pool, sauna and fitness centre all combine to make this the ideal retreat, just seven minutes from Queenstown. ... Learn moreless

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3 Hawkes Bay — 3 Nights
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The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Hawkes Bay - New Zealand

Hotel and restaurant on a golf course. Far out to the east of Hawke’s Bay wine country, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers sits atop rolling farmland and rugged cliffs that give way to vast sea views. Home to not only a lodge and spa, this unique property also boasts an award-winning Tom Doak-designed golf course and a sanctuary for some of New Zealand’s most precious flora, fauna and endangered animals. Warm and enveloping, its generous suites and Owner’s Cottage deliver sumptuous comfort and awe-inspiring panoramic views. The main lodge overlooks the working farm, golf course and Pacific Ocean, and houses the guest lounge, library, wine cellar and snug, providing a variety of options of dining locations. And never short on incredible experiences, activities include exploring the expansive estate on horseback or Can-Am and hiking any of the many walking trails. ... Learn moreless

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A wild paradise

A wild paradise

The Farm at the Kidnappers seems to have its own ecosystem. In the area around the hotel, you can discover incredible bird species, including the almost 20,000 Northern Gannets that come to nest along the cliffs between September and April. There is also the kiwi, the wild bird which is the symbol of New Zealand. Kiwis cannot fly. During the day, they hide in burrows or under tree roots, and at night they look for food on the ground. You will also discover the tuatara, a lizard endemic to the island which seems straight out of the world of dinosaurs, and which wanders unfazed among the visitors ...

Hawkes Bay’s wines

Hawkes Bay’s wines

Since the mid 19th century, Hawkes Bay has been famous for producing some of the best wines in New Zealand. Missionaries from France planted and worked the first vines here. The region, it should be noted, is one of the country’s sunniest and also has a maritime climate conducive to the making of quality red and white wines. Its Merlot and Cabernet feature on the menus of the country’s best restaurants.

Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

Here you can play in the midst of pastures, between greens, bunkers and sheep. The magnificent Pacific is within driving distance! The fifteenth hole is dubbed the pirate’s plank. The game continues between chalk cliffs, looking out over the little manukas, or tea trees, which in spring sport pretty red flowers. Designed by Tom Doak, the course has also been rated in the top hundred most beautiful courses in the world by the highly respected Golf Magazine. The course could be described as firm and fast (18 holes, 6,510 metres, par 71). One tip: watch out for the wind!

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