Unique experience
In celebration of International Gin Day, Kauri Cliffs has teamed with three of New Zealand's most celebrated boutique gin brands “Scapegrace, Reid + Reid and Sacred Spring“ for what promises to be an incredible weekend in Northland.

There is no denying, the ginaissance is here. No longer a stuffy spirit relegated to the back of your liquor cabinet, Gin is undeniably cool and the toast of the town.


With boutique distillers pushing the boundaries, gin enthusiasts are no longer limited to the classic London dry styles of days gone by. Today's gin disruptors are using exciting botanicals, creative varieties and riding the wave of appreciative audiences who are prepared to experiment with fresh new styles.

The Gin Weekend host is charismatic New Zealander and former leading London bartender Michael "Mikey" Ball. Now a bar consultant and gin advocate, Mikey will host cocktail hours on the Friday and Saturday nights, where he will make some of the best gin cocktails to suit these new wave styles. Mikey has more than a decade of international experience and is a self-confessed gin tragic and a top communicator.

He will also lead guests in a fascinating two-hour Gin Masterclass on Saturday afternoon. The session will take guests on an in-depth journey through the history of gin around the world and in New Zealand a close look at Gin and its place in our culture, its highs and lows, and how it sets itself aside from other classic spirits. Guests will discover the various styles and ways of drinking gin and taste their way through the three New Zealand gins and their botanicals.

Another highlight of the weekend will be Saturday night’s dinner, where each dish of Kauri Cliffs’ Executive Chef Barry Firth’s five course tasting menu will hero a specific gin botanical.

Host Chef

Invited Chefs

Barry Frith (The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs)
Michael Ball

Other useful information

Event Inclusions:
Two nights suite accommodation at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
Friday night welcome drinks
Full daily breakfast, lunch and complimentary non-alcoholic mini-bar
A la carte gourmet dinner on Friday
Tutored gin masterclass with Mikey Ball
Degustation dinner on Saturday night, including pre-dinner gin cocktails from Scapegrace, Reid + Reid, and Sacred Spring
Guest's choice of a day of unlimited green fees OR a 50-minute spa treatment per person per stay

Experiences to be offered

With plenty of leisure time to indulge in Kauri Cliffs world class spa, award-winning golf course and stunning 6000-acres of coastal farmland, this is surely the ultimate weekend away for gin aficionados.