While experiencing some amazing scenery, food and people that make up your New Zealand sojourn, take the opportunity to tee off on various golf courses throughout New Zealand, including two of the top courses in the World! Hotel style accommodation is included to complete your golfing journey.
Price from €3,250 per person*
Day 1 – Arrive Kerikeri
On arrival in New Zealand, you will take a domestic flight to Kerikeri, and then make your way to your accommodation in Paihia.
Paihia is in the Bay of Islands, which was the name given to the region by Captain James Cook, when he described the area 200 years ago. The Bay, studded with over 150 islands, is a “drowned river system,” an area where the sea has invaded and drowned a number of river valleys. Its sheltered waters offer some of the finest boating and fishing to be found anywhere. The Bay of Islands was the site of the first Christian Mission station in New Zealand, as well as New Zealand’s first capital city, Russell, which is now a quiet little seaside village.
Day 2 – Golf: Kauri Cliffs
Today experience one of New Zealand’s most spectacular golf courses, Kauri Cliffs.
Kauri Cliffs was designed and built by David Harman of Golf Course Consultants, Orlando, Florida. The par 72 championship golf course measures 6,510 metres and offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level. Fifteen holes view the Pacific Ocean, six of which are played alongside cliffs which plunge to the sea. The beautiful inland holes wind through marsh, forest and farmland. The golf complex includes a world-class practice range, putting and chipping greens, a well stocked golf shop, and ladies and mens locker rooms. Callaway ladies and mens rental clubs are also available.
Day 3 – Paihia – Auckland
Driving time approximately 3 hrs (240kms)
Depart Paihia and travel south through Whangarei, Wellsford and Warkworth before arriving at New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. Auckland is an exciting sporting and cultural city, sprawled on a narrow isthmus between two harbours. The Waitemata and Manukau Harbours are a main feature of the city, along with numerous volcanic cones such as Mount Eden and Rangitoto Island. The city’s many beaches, marinas and parks make it ideal for outdoor pursuits such as yachting, rugby, cricket or a day at the beach. The Auckland metropolitan area is New Zealand’s biggest city, and the population mix of European, Maori, and Pacific Islander make Auckland the largest Polynesian city in the World.
Day 4 – Auckland
Today is at your leisure to explore Auckland and its surrounding suburbs. We highly recommend a walk along the waterfront (through the Viaduct and Wynyard Quarter) and a visit to the Auckland War Memorial Museum (where you can see the wonderful Maori Cultural Performance).
Gulf Harbour Country Club: Spectacular finishing holes, ocean views, rolling terrain and classic, traditional values combine to make the Gulf Harbour Country Club one of the most exciting new developments in New Zealand. This 6,400 metre, par 72 golf course is located at Gulf Harbour on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, just north of Auckland. It meanders through native grasses and vegetation and has a natural look and feel from start to finish. Four sets of tees assure playability for every calibre of golfer, from beginners to professionals. Like all great courses, Gulf Harbour tantalises players with a variety of exciting holes. Several feature risk and reward opportunities, and none are tricked-up or artificial.
Titirangi Golf Club: You are welcome to enjoy the splendour of one of golf’s greatest challenges only 20 minutes from downtown Auckland. Recent course updates and the subtle cunning of one of the great masters of golf design – Dr. Alister MacKenzie – provide interest, variety and a true golfer’s test at his only New Zealand masterpiece – The Titirangi Golf Club. Reminiscent of another of his famous designs – Augusta – with the ‘Amen Corner’ at 12,13 & 14 – this is a memorable walk among tall exotics, native New Zealand Bush and undulating landscapes.
Day 5 – Auckland – Napier
Driving time approximately 5 hrs (420kms)
Today you will head south to Napier. Travel through Hamilton, Tokoroa and Taupo before arriving at your destination.
New Zealand’s second most important wine-producing area is based on the twin art deco cities of Napier and Hastings. Vineyards were first planted here 150 years ago by French Marist missionaries. Today, the tradition is continued by the Marist brothers and their Mission Vineyard is an important wine producer and a popular tourist attraction, with a comprehensive wine shop and restaurant.
There are now over 49 vineyards in the area, and we recommend 10 worth visiting. (A bike tour through the vineyards can be a great way to see the region close-up, and visit several of these wonderful vineyards.) The region’s extended dry growing season, low humidity and high sunshine hours enables the full ripening and flavour development of the classic wine grape varieties. These include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Muller Thurgau, Gewurtztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Day 6 – Napier
Today you will visit Cape Kidnappers. The Cape Kidnappers golf course was designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak. The par 71 golf course measures 6,510 meters and will challenge golfers of all skill levels. Completed in 2004, Cape Kidnappers has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf and is currently ranked the 41st best golf course in the world by Golf Magazine.
Day 7 – Napier – Queenstown
This morning you will take a domestic flight to Queenstown.
Queenstown is the South Island’s most popular resort, set alongside the shores of Lake Wakatipu, under the gaze of the Remarkables Ranges. See the contrast of smooth glacier rounded hills, and jagged mountain summits that reach high above the ancient ice floor. The town is renowned for its jet boating, bungy-jumping, skiing and awe-inspiring scenery. Local story has it that the gold prospectors of the 19th century pronounced the town as “fit for any Queen”, and so she was called Queenstown.
If you have time, we recommend doing a leisurely afternoon walk in the Remarkables. There are also many Lord of the Rings tours you can do from Queenstown, if you are interested in seeing some of the locations where the trilogy was filmed. We can also recommend taking the Skyline Gondola to the summit of Bob’s Peak, where you can enjoy panoramic views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.
Day 8 – Queenstown
Today you will head to one of New Zealand’s newest International Golf Courses, Jack’s Point.
With a backdrop of 2300 vertical metres of the razorback Remarkables mountain range and an armchair view of an outstanding lake and mountain panorama, Jack’s Point Golf Course is not only one of the most spectacular in the world, but as an 18 hole 72 championship course it offers golfers of any calibre a challenging and unforgettable experience.
The course works with nature, not against it. Designed with minimal excavation the course measures 6338 metres from the championship tees and is build on the most spectacular of Jack’s Point terrain, weaving through tussock grasslands, dramatic rock outcrops, steep bluffs and swathes of native bush to the edge of Lake Wakatipu.
Day 9 – Queenstown – Christchurch
Driving time approximately 6 hrs (486 kms)
Today you will travel to Christchurch, often referred to as the most English town outside England, where you can even go punting on the Avon River. Take the opportunity to tour the inner city, and marvel at the innovative and artistic reconstruction of the city, following the 2011 earthquake. Make sure you visit the fabulous new Cathedral designed by prize-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban (and made out of cardboard!), and stop for afternoon tea at one of the many great cafes dotting the inner city. (We love C1 Espresso.)
Day 10 – Christchurch – Methven – Christchurch
Driving time approximately 1.5 hrs each way (240 kms return trip)
Today you will head to Methven and the Rakaia Gorge. Terrace Downs is today’s golfing challenge.
Terrace Downs is a unique New Zealand getaway destination located in the heart of a rural Canterbury High Country community and within close proximity to various ski fields. Catering to guests of all ages the luxury resort features deluxe accommodation, award winning cuisine and an 18-hole championship golf course with stunning views up to Mt Hutt.
With four tee positions for each hole, the Terrace Downs Golf Course caters to golfers of all abilities from beginners through social golfers to professionals.
Day 11 – Depart Christchurch
Price from €3,250 per person*
Package includes 10 nights deluxe accomodation, rental car, and 18 holes of golf as stated above. Also included is a personalised Tour Manual with detailed day-to-day driving instructions and recommended activities, New Zealand road atlas and map as well as regional brochures. Package Price excludes local domestic airfares and golf carts and equipment.
*Flights to New Zealand are not included in the above package price. Flights from Germany to New Zealand cost from €1300 and above, depending upon how far in advance you book, the season of travel, the airline, and the route. Please let us know if you would like us to assist you with booking flights to New Zealand.