With the looks of an upscale plantation house, this luxury lodge sits up on the cliffs themselves, and so can enjoy uninterrupted 360-degree views. The rooms are spread across cottage buildings, each with private verandas. The focus here is on healthy pursuits, and a tennis court, golf course and spa are at your disposal.
Stretching about 200 miles from the northern tip of the north island, this region enjoys long stretches of unspoiled coastline, forests and Cape Reinga, where the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea meet. It is one of the heartlands of the Maori culture, and the landmark Treaty of Waitangi was signed here; you can visit these beautiful grounds. There are also great opportunities for golf, sailing and sampling some impressive local produce.