Commencing in Auckland and concluding in Christchurch this 14-day/13-night self drive tour includes many of New Zealand’s best golf courses as well as some of the must do attractions on your leisure days and a round of golf with our PGA Professional and his playing partner is also scheduled.
- Day 1
On arrival at Auckland International Airport you will be met by your Golfers Dream host who will assist with collecting your rental vehicle before you make your way to your Auckland city accommodation. The remainder of the day is at leisure to look around this beatuiful city.
- Day 2
Golf at Muriwai Golf Club
Travel 40minutes west from the city for a round on the Muriwai Golf Course, a traditional Scottish all-weather links course with grand views of the sea and New Zealand forests, but with some surprises, like black sand beaches and bunkers. The course is right alongside Muriwai Beach on the rugged West Coast. On your return to the city visit the nearby Gannet Colony and stop off at one of the local wineries.
Muriwai Golf Club
- Day 3
Golf at Gulf Harbour Country Club
This morning travel to the Whangaparoa Peninsula for a round at Gulf Harbour Country Club. This Robert Trent Jones 11 designed championship course combines spectacular ocean views and rolling terrain that combine to make Gulf Harbour one of NZ’s most challenging courses with four tee positions enabling golfers of all abilities to enjoy the challenging layout.
Gulf Harbour Country Club
- Day 4
Auckland to Rotorua
Journey south to Rotorua this morning where you have the opportunity to take in some of the attractions available here. See boiling mud pools, steaming hot springs and geysers at Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Rainbow Trout and the Kiwi Bird at Rainbow Springs. Enjoy an insight into New Zealand farming at the Agrodome. Tonight experience a Maori Hangi and Cultural Performance of song and Dance.
- Day 5
Rotorua to Taupo – Golf at Wairakei International Golf Course
Today starts with a one-hour drive to Taupo for a round on the challenging Wairakei International Golf Course. The course is set out on 156 hectares of former farmland in the middle of the Wairakei Tourist Park boasting lush manicured fairways and greens, mature tree plantings and magnificent vistas. The course is challenging – sporting its fair share of water hazards and bunkers. After golf in the mid afternoon you may choose to trout fish on the pristine waters of beautiful Lake Taupo, or have an exhilarating ride on the Huka Falls Jet.
- Day 6
Taupo to Napier
Today is a free day... Travel through to Napier, the city by the sea, renowned for its 1930s Art Deco architecture, stately Norfolk pines, surrounding wineries, local fresh produce and national tourist attractions. The major entertainment on the road from Taupo to Napier is the fantastic scenery. There’s a bit of everything – rugged hills, beautiful valleys, gentle plains and huge vistas. Sightseeing options when you reach Napier today include a half-day personal wine tour, or an art deco guided walking tour.
- Day 7
Golf at Cape Kidnappers
Your game of golf today is at Cape Kidnappers. The American designer of Cape Kidnappers, Tom Doak, who is also well known for his prize-winning courses in the US, has said that, 'If Cape Kidnappers were a book it would be an epic. Enjoy your game and enjoy the setting (because) you may never play golf somewhere like this again'. Cape Kidnappers plays above the ocean, atop dramatic cliffs and runs to and from the edge. Cape Kidnappers is built on a ridge-and-valley landscape with spectacular sea views. 2004 Course of the Year – Travel & Leisure Golf.
Cape Kidnappers Resort
- Day 8
Napier to Queenstown
Leave your rental car at Napier airport and take a morning flight to Queenstown where you will collect your new car at the airport and spend the remainder of the day sightseeing. Try the daring adventure of bungy jumping, catch your breath in an exhilarating jet boat ride or take the Skyline Gondola high above Queenstown where the best views of the whole region spread before you in a magnificent panorama.
- Day 9
Milford Sound Nature Tour
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. Enjoy this beautiful fiord, viewing waterfalls, hanging valleys and mile high Mitre Peak. There are several choices of transport both to and from Milford Sound. You can coach in and out; fly in coach out, fly in fly out, helicopter in fly out, whatever you desire.
- Day 10
Golf at Millbrook Resort
Play 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. Visit the historical town of Arrowtown next door to Millbrook after golf.
Tonight, it’s dinner aboard the TSS Earnslaw. 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 11
Queenstown to Terrace Downs
Heading North from Queenstown the vineyards of the Gibbston area are the first temptation on your journey followed by the restored heart of Cromwell, before you launch yourself into the beautiful Lindis Pass. Visit The Aoraki Mount Cook National Park and view the highest peak in Australasia (Mt Cook – 3,755m). Take the road to Lake Tekapo with its opaque turquoise colour, caused by fine, glacier-ground rock particles held in suspension. The Church of the Good Shepherd and the sheepdog statue are great photo opportunities. The drive then continues through Mackenzie Country to the foot of Mount Hutt where you will find Terrace Downs High Country Resort.
Lake Tekapo & Mt Cook
- Day 12
Terrace Downs to Christchurch – Golf at Terrace Downs Resort
After breakfast this morning, enjoy a round of golf at the Terrace Downs Course. 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. After your golf, you have a 1-hour drive to Christchurch.
Terrace Downs Resort
- Day 13
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.
Clearwater Golf Club
- Day 14
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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