Kauri Cliffs,poised on the edge of the Totara forest, offers panoramic ocean views in 22 guest rooms — with his-and-her walk-in closets — on 6,000-acres. The resort is owned by American hedge-fund tycoon Julian Robertson.
Cost: Starts at $623 a night per person, double occupancy, with meals and drinks all-in. For $7,171 nightly, though, you can book the 4,200-square-foot Owner’s Suite, with a private infinity pool and kitchen — so the chef can come to you.
Getting there: Hop Air New Zealand’s daily 40-minute flight to Kerikeri Bay from Auckland, then drive. Or take an hour-long helicopter ride from Auckland directly to the resort.
What to expect: The main draw are the links, ranked the world’s 18th best by Golf Magazine, but you can also chill out on the pink-sand beaches, go boar hunting (pick your weapon: gun or knife), deep-sea fishing or play a little polo. Tip: book the Private Beach Barbecue, where a Kauri chef cooks up a feast of fresh seafood and local produce surfside.