Commencing in Auckland and concluding in Christchurch this 15 day tour travels down the North Island before taking a flight from Wellington to Queenstown. The golf courses are the best and the wine tours showcase the wines of each region.
- Day 1
On arrival at Auckland International Airport you will be met by your Golfers Dream host. Imagine trying to negotiate your way into the city at peak hour traffic, especially if you have had a long overnight flight and will be driving on the wrong side of the road … well you won’t have to. Your representative will personally transfer you to your hotel.
- Day 2
Waiheke Island Wine Tour
It’s a 35-minute ferry ride to Waiheke Island this morning. Since the late 1970’s Waiheke’s benign Mediterranean climate has seen the growth of a flourishing wine industry. A “small is beautiful” philosophy yields low quantities of extremely high quality fruit, which is made into international award-winning wines. Enjoy lunch (own expense) on an escorted wine tour of some of Waiheke’s boutique vineyards. Later in the afternoon take the ferry back to Auckland. Collect your rental car from the downtown depot before returning to your hotel
- Day 3
Golf at Gulf Harbour Country Club
This morning travel north (approx 1 hour) to the Whangaparoa Peninsula for an afternoon 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. The course has four tee positions enabling golfers of all abilities to enjoy the challenging layout.
Gulf Harbour Country Club
- Day 4
Auckland to Taupo – Golf at Wairakei International Golf Course
Travel to Taupo this morning and play 18 holes of golf on the challenging Wairakei International Golf Course this afternoon. 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 natural contours, 108 well placed bunkers and three water hazards guard the course from those over-ambitious shots. The large greens provide a false sense of security. The subtle breaks and fast pace demand accurate approach shots.
- Day 5
Taupo to Napier – Half Day Wine Tour
Drive to Napier this morning, the city by the sea, is renowned for its 1930 Art Deco architecture, stately Norfolk pine, surrounding wineries and local fresh produce. Your guide for the afternoon tour has an excellent knowledge of wine and the Hawke's Bay wine scene. Every tour is tailor made to reflect your interest and wine preferences ... maybe the barrel sample you taste will be the next international award winner ... you be the judge.
- Day 6
Golf at Cape Kidnappers
Your 18 holes of golf today are at the Cape Kidnappers Course. 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 7
Napier to Wellington
Leave Hawke’s Bay this morning and travel through the Wairarapa wine region to Martinborough a charming historic wine village an easy drive from Hawke’s Bay. River terraces and long hot summers provide the terroir for over 30 boutique vineyards producing fine award winning wines, especially acclaimed Pinot Noir. Martinborough is a leading New Zealand wine region. The region also produces outstanding and award winning olive oil.
- Day 8
Golf at Paraparaumu Beach Links
Today it's a 45min drive to the Kapiti Coast for golf on New Zealand’s premier links course of the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club where Tiger Woods played the New Zealand Open in 2002. The well drained undulating fairways; fierce rough, fast greens and intimidating bunkers combine with the naturally windy coastal weather to create a truly challenging golfing experience.
Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club
- Day 9
Wellington to Queenstown – Golf at Millbrook Resort
Depart on a morning flight to Queenstown. On arrival collect your rental car and proceed to Millbrook Resort for your game today. 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.
- Day 10
Queenstown Wine Tour
Today enjoy an escorted full day tour of the Central Otago wine region. Visit some of the award winning vineyards in this region, such as Gibbston Valley Wines with its wine cave, Carrick Winery where you stop for lunch before continuing onto the small family and operated Aurum Wines or the up-market Rockburn Wines for more sampling before leaving the area. Your next visit is the very impressive Peregrine Wines you finish the day with a tasting and cheese and pickles platter at Chard Farm.
- Day 11
Golf at Jacks Point Golf Course
Play the brand new Jacks Point golf course, set within one thousand acres of unspoiled rolling grasslands, montane highlands and spreading downs bounded by the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu. 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.
Jacks Point Golf Course
- Day 12
Queenstown to Christchurch
Today is at leisure in Queenstown before a late afternoon flight to Christchurch. There are numerous activities for you to enjoy. Try an exhilarating ride on the Shotover Jet, speeding through the towering, rocky canyons of the South Island’s river of gold, a Scenic Flight and Cruise of Milford Sound or a morning cruise on the TSS Earnslaw.
- Day 13
Golf at Terrace Downs
Your 18 hole game this morning is 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. After golf travel 1 hour to Christchurch.
Terrace Downs Resort
- Day 14
Golf at Clearwater Resort
This morning play a 18 holes of golf on 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. Water comes into play at 14 of the holes with numerous grass hazards of tussocks and marram grasses. There are five-position tees, including the championship tees, and is the home of the New Zealand PGA Championship.
Clearwater Golf Club
- Day 15
Depart New Zealand
Sadly your time in New Zealand comes to an end as you return your rental car to the airport for your onward flight. Here, we bid you a fond farewell to your homeland and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay in New Zealand.
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