Barack Obama's NZ visit kicks off: Luxury accommodation and golf course former US President will play at revealed

The luxury accommodation former US President Barack Obama will be staying at tonight in Northland's Bay of Islands is The Landing, 1 NEWS understands.

The lodge which looks picturesquely down upon Rangihoua Bay and takes its name from its history as the place of arrival of New Zealand’s first European settlers.

He also talks about the work Barack Obama will do. Source: 1 NEWS

1 NEWS understands President Obama will be playing with John Key and others at Kauri Cliffs golf course further north.

There has been a heavy police presence over the course during the past few days and there's a flight restriction over Kauri Cliffs.

President Obama touched down at Auckland Airport last night and is believed to be flying by helicopter to the Bay of Islands. 

The former US President is paying his first visit to New Zealand. Source: Breakfast