Families At Cape Kidnappers
Every day, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers welcomes families of all sizes and ages. Jet-setting generations choose our lodge for the educational, interactive and destination-inspired activities we offer family travelers. And once on property, they delight in the convenience of having attentive, family-friendly staff to curate their experiences.
We offer a children’s menu with classic favorites as well as our chef’s creations sourced from local farms. All of our suites are stocked daily with fresh-baked cookies and brownies from our kitchen and fresh fruit is also served in-room daily.
We are happy to provide you with any and all of the little luxuries to make your stay with us as pleasant as possible, including babysitter services, toys, games, supplies and more.
Our accommodations are spacious and well-suited for adding cribs or beds for our littlest guests as well as connecting suites and our four-bedroom Owner’s Cottage for independence-seeking teens and tweens. Accommodations for nannies are also available.
We suggest that activity bookings are made with our lodge reservations team at the time of your initial booking. Alternatively, you may book activities with our team during your stay at the lodge.
What you and your family will enjoy during your stay is limited only by your imagination, and here is a sneak peek at what awaits you at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, particularly animal encounters.
Cuddle a Kiwi: At our Cape Sanctuary, guests have the rare experience to not only see, but cuddle a kiwi. Because New Zealand’s national bird is nocturnal and endangered, even most native New Zealanders have never seen the flightless bird. Our Cape Sanctuary protects and helps repopulate this species. Families will join one of our sanctuary guides to track, evaluate, feed and eventually cuddle, a kiwi bird.
(Appropriate for children of all ages)
World’s Largest Gannet Colony: Cape Kidnappers is the home of the largest, most accessible mainland colony of gannets in the world. Guests can visit the 20,000 gannets at the Cape which can be seen from December through May. An ideal way to visit the gannets is to take a Can-Am tour of the property, stopping at two colony destinations. December and January is when chicks will hatch.
Shepherding Experience: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is a fully working sheep and cattle station and a guided shepherding experience is a must do. Join the shepherd, as he works his impeccably trained farm dogs mustering sheep, penning them and you will see a sheep being shorn weather permitting. Shearing is an art requiring strength and dexterity, you will thoroughly enjoy this impressive demonstration.
Wool World at Clifton Station Woolshed: Experience the rustic charm and unique character of life on a working farm in New Zealand. This live farming show engages and educates. Children will have the opportunity to pet sheep, learn about the different breeds of sheep, experience milking a cow and get acquainted with a pet "Captain Cooker" pig. Wool World also offers the wool and shearing show, where visitors can watch sheep getting shorn using modern and historical ways of shearing. You can also see sheep dog demonstrations.
(Appropriate for children of all ages)
Live Bee Wall at Arataki Honey: Arataki Honey offers families a glimpse at the lives of bees inside their colorful hives that are also found dotted around Hawke's Bay Wine Country. Here, children will smell, feel, see, discover and taste all things bees and honey in addition to playing dress up, solving puzzles and reading storybooks. On the live bee wall, visitors will see worker bees waggle dance, forage for pollen and learn to identify the Queen.
(appropriate for children of all ages)
There is no shortage of activities for families at Cape Kidnappers and in Hawke’s Bay. Other highlights include mountain biking on The Farm’s 6,000-acre estate, Splash Planet water theme park, Jungle Junction adventure playland, orchard and strawberry patch picking and tours, a corn maze and more.
For more details on activities available for families please click here.