Commencing and concluding in Christchurch, this 11 day/10 night New Zealand South Island golf tour takes in the scenic central South Island, Queenstown and Dunedin. The combination of some of New Zealand’s international courses and quality country courses allows plenty of variety as well as having ample opportunity for additional activities.
- Day 1
Arrive at Christchurch Airport. Collect your rental vehicle and drive through approx 1 hour south west of Christchurch to Terrace Downs Resort in the Rakaia River Gorge. Should your flight arrive in the morning it is possible to have a game on one of Christchurch's many golf courses before making your way to Terrace Downs Resort.
- Day 2
Terrace Downs to Lake Tekapo – Golf at Terrace Downs Resort
Tee off this morning at Terrace Downs Resort in the Rakaia River Gorge. Magnificent scenery surrounds you as the quiet solitude of the countryside lets you relax and concentrate on your game. The course sits at an altitude of 450 metres, has four-position tees, generously wide fairways, but 70 bunkers, numerous grass hazards and eight lakes. Terrace Downs is a course that has gained a fantastic reputation in New Zealand golfing circles. After golf it’s a 3 hour drive to Lake Tekapo.
Terrace Downs Resort
- Day 3
Lake Tekapo to Queenstown
You may wish to start you day with a Scenic flight over Mt Cook and the glaciers before you journey south through the golden tussock country of the Lindis Pass. Enjoy the scenery of the fruit growing region of Cromwell and the historic gold mining region of the rugged Kawarau Gorge before arriving in Queenstown.
OPTION TONIGHT … TSS Earnslaw Walter Peak Dinner. The perfect way for you to end the day is to take a nostalgic cruise on the TSS Earnslaw to the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak. Enjoy high country hospitality and a carvery style buffet! An entertaining after dinner show provides a glimpse into farming life.
- Day 4
Milford Sound Nature Cruise
Milford Sound is often described as the eighth wonder of the world. It is set in the Fiordland National Park, on the west coast of the South Island
Fly from Queenstown by aeroplane to Milford Sound, You will have a window seat with an unimpeded view, as you fly to Milford Sound through a landscape of unbelievable grandeur & beauty. By flying you see so much more than by road, as you go where no roads can.
Many people say that flying through this magnificent landscape to Milford Sound is one the most memorable experiences of their New Zealand visit.
Connect with Milford Sound Red Boats for your cruise the full length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea and back to the wharf at the Visitor Centre when you will return via the glaciers of the Olivine ice plateau and Barrier range, weather permitting.
- Day 5
Golf at Jacks Point
The course at Jacks Point is set within one thousand acres of unspoiled rolling grasslands, montane highlands and spreading downs. This brand new golf course is bounded by the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu.
Jacks Point Golf Course
It traverses through wetland to the lake edge encountering steep bluffs, indigenous vegetation and wildlife. It is designed to work with nature, not against it. Fairways are designed with minimal excavation and careful plantings to complement the natural environment, but also to give the golfer a fighting chance.
TONIGHT ... Dine in Style – add a bit of culture. While experiencing the best views in the region – a spectacular 220 degree panorama, with breathtaking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables mountain range and across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil and Walter Peaks; enjoy a sumptuous dinner in the Skyline Restaurant. Add a touch of New Zealand's indigenous culture with the live Kiwi Haka Maori performance – an authentic and powerful experience.
- Day 6
Golf at Millbrook Resort
Play 18 holes of golf at Millbrook Resort this morning. One of the finest and most scenically stunning New Zealand golf courses Millbrook Resort features a mixture of undulating to rolling fairways, each hole having its own strategic scenic feature. It has four-tee positions, open fairways, demanding hazards, including more than 60 bunkers, and meandering waterways.
- Day 7
Queenstown to Dunedin
Leave Queenstown this morning and travel to Dunedin. Just out of Queenstown a series of historic reserves and walkways will help you to unearth the stories from Central Otago's gold rush glory days. From here it’s onto Clyde and views of the Clyde Dam, the largest concrete gravity dam in New Zealand. The lake formed by the dam, Lake Dunstan, is 26.4 square kilometres in size. Alexandra is a prosperous, attractive town. Walk up to the huge clock on the hill and explore the gold mining displays at the local museum. The road divides here and you can choose one of 3 routes to Dunedin.
- Day 8
Golf at Chisholm Park Golf Links
Play 18 holes of golf on Chisholm Park Links course. This 'links' course in this traditional Scottish area is a gem to play. While not particularly long, the design of the holes through the sand dunes requires good shot making. The undulating terrain and its coastal climate offset the lack of length. Along the top of the holes 8, 9, 10 and 11 provide some spectacular ocean views to be found on any golf course. There is only one real hazard on the golf course and that is the Pacific Ocean on the left side of the 9th fairway. This afternoon – you may like to join an organized half day tour. Cruise the length of the beautiful Otago Harbour out to Taiaroa Head – home of the world’s largest seabird, the magnificent Northern Royal Albatross, a guided tour of the award-winning Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve included.
Chisholm Park Golf Club
- Day 9
Dunedin to Christchurch
This morning follow the coastline north towards Christchurch. Stop and view the Moeraki Boulders are a number of huge spherical stones, found strewn along a stretch of Koekohe Beach near Moeraki, These boulders are grey-coloured septarian concretions which have been exposed through shoreline erosion from black mudstone coastal cliffs that back the beach. After stopping for lunch in Timaru you’ll drive into Temuka, a town that produces high quality pottery. Ashburton, which sits between the Rakaia and Rangitata rivers is a good place for afternoon tea. It has about six museums and some excellent craft galleries.
- Day 10
Golf at Clearwater Resort
Your final round of golf is at the Clearwater Resort Course. There are elements of links and parkland golf at the Clearwater course with an abundance of water. Natural springs and crystal clear streams that are teeming with trout feed the resort’s 15 hectares of lakes. There are five-position tees, including the championship tees, and is the home of the New Zealand PGA Championship. This afternoon is at leisure for optional sightseeing and to explore what Christchurch has to offer. Perhaps visit the Anglican Cathedral, Town Hall, and the Arts Centre or perhaps take a tram ride around Christchurch City or enjoy punting on the Avon River.
Clearwater Golf Club
- Day 11
Depart New Zealand
Today your tour ends. Before you return your rental car to Christchurch International Airport for your onward flight we recommend a visit to the Antarctic Attraction re-creating the atmosphere and environment of Antarctica. Visit the Blue Penguin Encounter with its centre piece being a 70,000 litre pool, the Encounter allows you to view the Little Blue Penguins in a Banks Peninsula themed environment is recommended. If you are travelling to Auckland to check in for an international flight, on arrival at Auckland domestic Airport you will be met and accompanied to the International Airport by your Golfers Dream host.
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