Top 5 cliff-tastic stays in the North Island

Top five clifftop accommodation options

Top 5 cliff-tastic stays in the North Island

Did you know that New Zealand has 15,000 kilometres (9,300 miles) of coastline making it the ninth longest in the world?

Much of this coastline is lined with steep cliffs that provide the most amazing views over the ocean as well as creating some beautiful sheltered sandy beaches to explore. Many of these remote cliff-lined coastlines can be found in the North Island. 

We have picked our top 5 accommodation options boasting cliff views and stunning coastlines for you to soak up the natural vista.

One Hour from Auckland


Just 40 minutes from Auckland’s CBD, Parihoa makes the perfect break from the city or the first stop on a New Zealand tour. A stunning clifftop farm with two luxurious accommodation options each with their own unique character; Chapman House and The Gatehouse – offer contemporary self-catering living spaces. All rooms capture the spectacular clifftop views of both the Tasman Sea and West Coast sunsets. So much on your doorstep to explore including the neighbouring Te Henga walkway and beautiful beaches Bethells and Muriwai.

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Three hours from Auckland

Ara Roa

Ara Roa Villa & Boutique lodgings is a collection of private and secluded boutique accommodation retreats. Located in the Whangarei District along the Whangarei Heads glorious Pacific Coastline, 2hrs 40 min north of Auckland, in beautiful subtropical Northland. All of the properties offer an especially unique setting on a beautiful stretch of the Northland, New Zealand coastline. Self-Catering.

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Cliff Edge

5km from Paihia, in the beautiful Bay of Islands, Cliff Edge by the Sea is a unique accommodation experience that combines the warmth of a private residence with the sophistication of a boutique hotel. With four guest bedrooms and a one-bedroom apartment to choose from – all with sea views. 

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Four Hours from Auckland

Kauri Cliffs

Almost at the Northern tip of NZ and around a 4-hour drive from Auckland is The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Northland.
Set on over 6,500 acres near Matauri Bay, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs features spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and overlooks the championship golf course.

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Acacia Cliffs

3.5 hours south of Auckland is Acacia Cliffs - actually not coastal instead located in the natural cliffs surrounding Lake Taupo. Stunning lake and mountain views and a simply spectacular location. Acacia Cliffs Lodge offers luxury boutique accommodation in four super king guest rooms each with their own private decks and ensuites.

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We do hope you enjoy your cliff-top experiences and make sure to share your amazing photos with us! Tag @parihoafarm

Continue to whet your tastebuds by accessing the top five below

Parihoa | Ara Roa | Cliff Edge | Kauri Cliffs | Acacia Cliffs