Hawkes Bay enjoys incredibly sunny weather throughout the summer, and is one of the most popular wine regions throughout New Zealand. The area is known as the fruit bowl of the country, producing much of New Zealand’s produce exports. It is also a wonderful opportunity to visit Cape Kidnappers, one of the top 100 golf courses in the world!
The Port of Napier is your gateway to everything Hawkes Bay and Cape Kidnappers has to offer.
How far away is Cape Kidnappers?
Cape Kidnappers is approximately 35-45 minutes from the port by car, or 10 minutes by helicopter.
How much time do I need in port to play Cape Kidnappers?
With ground transfers and sufficient time for golf, an excursion to Cape Kidnappers typically takes between six to seven hours for the full experience. However, we are a low-volume facility, playing approximately 30 rounds of golf per day, so pace of play is typically not a concern. We can also accommodate golfers with special rates for nine holes, or an amount of holes that will allow them to finish in time for their departure.
How do I get to Cape Kidnappers?
Our staff can schedule a car and driver to collect you at the ship and deliver you to our doorstep. This is a scenic drive through Art Deco Napier, followed by a spectacular drive through Hawkes Bay wine country. Enroute, you will pass vineyards which produce some of the finest wines New Zealand has to offer. The local driver can tell you about the area’s rich history and lucrative agriculture business. Taxis are typically available at the port, although these cannot always be guaranteed. If you wish to utilize a taxi, please ensure it is pre-arranged by the ship’s staff, or a member of Cape Kidnappers’ staff. Napier also has a number of rental cars available, and we would also suggest that these are booked in advance.
Alternatively, we can assist you in booking a helicopter transfer (depending on landing restrictions at the port), which reduces the travel time to around 10 minutes, landing directly at the Cape Kidnappers helipad.
What facilities are available? What is there to do for my non-playing spouse?
Cape Kidnappers is one of the most sought after luxury lodges in the world, and is part of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux collection. Dining options, either formal or casual, are available, as is our luxury spa. We ask that dining and spa requests be booked in advance of your arrival. Non-playing partners are encouraged to walk or ride the course with their golfer, as the views are absolutely spectacular!
The golf facilities include a full practice facility, men’s and women’s locker rooms with lockers and shower facilities, and a fully stocked golf shop with golf accessories, apparel, local artwork, and souvenirs.
Is there an organized shore excursion?
We do provide organized shore excursions for several cruise lines. We encourage you to ask your cruise line if an official excursion is planned, as these often provide priority departure from the ship and can also allow for a cost savings.
What can you tell me about the course?
The oceanfront golf course was designed by Tom Doak and opened in 2004. The golf course is perched on top of 450 ft. cliffs overlooking the entirety of Hawke Bay. Holes run along narrow fingers of land until you find yourself on a green perched, on what seems to be, the edge of the World. Cape Kidnappers is currently ranked as the 33rd Best Golf Course in the World and #6 outside of the United States. The golf course is one of a kind and must be experienced by everyone who has a love for the dramatic.
What do I need to bring?
Cape Kidnappers can provide premium rental equipment including golf shoes, as well as apparel and accessories. You are most welcome to bring your own clubs, shoes and golf balls.
Golfers may choose to walk the golf course, use a trundler/pullcart, one of our ClubCar Precedent golf carts, or utilize the services of a caddie or forecaddie. We kindly request that any caddie needs be communicated in advance of your arrival.
How can I learn more or book a tee time?
Our friendly golf staff are always available to answer questions via telephone or email. The golf staff can be reached on +64 6 873 1018, or Proshop@capekidnappers.com
Additionally, a live link to book a tee time can be found below.
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