Farm at Cape Kidnappers
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Farm at Cape Kidnappers
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers overlooks the golf course. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Farm at Cape Kidnappers - bed
Comby beds are one of the many luxuries of the suites and cottages on The Farm at Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Farm at Cape Kidnappers - pool
The infinity pool and hot tub at Cape Kidnappers overlooks the ocean. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Farm at Cape Kidnappers - cottages
High-end cottages line up on a ridge at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Farm at Cape Kidnappers resort
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Farm at Cape Kidnappers resort
Windows showcase the views out the back of The Farm at Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Farm at Cape Kidnappers - snug
The "snug" is a popular spot inside the silo of The Farm at Cape Kidnappers. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Farm at Cape Kidnappers - library
Guests can unwind in the library at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Farm at Cape Kidnappers - wine cellar
The wine cellar provides added ambiance for dinners at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Farm at Cape Kidnappers - wine
Much wine is drank at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, which is located in Hawke's Bay, a noted wine region on New Zealand's North Island. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Farm at Cape Kidnappers - lobby
The entry way introduces The Farm at Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Farm at Cape Kidnappers - walking sticks
Guests can borrow walking sticks to stroll around the beautiful setting of The Farm at Cape Kidnappers. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Cape Kidnappers golf course
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Cape Kidnappers golf course
A golfer tees off in the surreal surroundings at Cape Kidnappers. Courtesy of Chris McLennan/Cape Kidnappers
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Sow the seeds of luxury on The Farm at Cape Kidnappers lodge in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

HAWKE'S BAY, New Zealand -- The Farm at Cape Kidnappers leaves a lasting impression simply by passing through the front gate.

It's an isolated nine-kilometer drive to reach The Farm, a luxury lodge built in 2007 atop the summit of the 6,000-acre working farm. The road winds through a dense forest, over a stream and past random encounters with goats and sheep. The ride leads to the ultimate panoramic views of Tom Doak's famed Cape Kidnappers golf course and the Pacific Ocean on the horizon.

The lodge looks like a cluster of farm buildings from the outside, including a silo that's actually a circular sitting room called the "snug." The main section houses a casual dining room and veranda, a library and business center. A wine room for fine dining and a fitness center reside downstairs. Grand cottage suites are all within walking distance.

It's a short shuttle ride to play Cape Kidnappers, ranked no. 33 in the world by Golf Magazine and no. 6 among the top courses outside the United States by Golf Digest. Hiking, relaxing at the spa, touring local wine vineyards and taking a gannet safari to see the cliff-top bird colonies are popular diversions as well.

This five-star destination is not like most farms. It's all play -- and no work -- for guests.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 1,000 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfadvisor and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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Sow the seeds of luxury on The Farm at Cape Kidnappers lodge in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand