The 6,000-hectare peninsula of Cape Kidnappers – named by the explorer James Cook in 1769 after a misunderstanding with the local Maori – is entirely privately owned. Indeed, the scale of it is something to behold, and it’s a lengthy drive just from the entrance to reception. Golf course aside, much of the land that isn’t used for farming is left wild, while the field-to-fork ethos makes excellent use of the estate’s livestock and vineyards (tastings are available). Several cottages overlook the craggy coast, where you’ll also encounter a thriving gannet colony on 4WD safaris. Best of all, its forests hide a kiwi conservation area, and daily nature walks allow you to join guides in monitoring the newborn chicks.
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