Commencing in Auckland and concluding in Christchurch this 21-day/20-night package has everything that makes a wonderful New Zealand golfing vacation. Experience the best New Zealand courses and have plenty of time to take in all the must do activities that make a perfect golf holiday.
- Day 1
On arrival at Auckland International Airport you will be met by your Golfers Dream personnel. 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
Auckland at your leisure
You start with a free day in Auckland to rest after your long flight. Take the Auckland Explorer Bus, a Hop-On, Hop-Off sightseeing tour with full commentary visiting Auckland's Big 14 Attractions or let us arrange a “Welcome to the City of Sails" Tour of Auckland starting with a drive along the scenic waterfront to Mission Bay then up the dormant volcano of One Tree Hill to enjoy magnificent views of this spectacular city and harbour. Visit beautiful Eden Gardens, the Auckland Domain and Cornwall Park and the trendy shopping area of Ponsonby before crossing the Auckland Harbour Bridge to the quaint North Shore village of Devonport.
Collect your rental vehicle from downtown before you return to your accommodation this afternoon
- Day 3
Golf at Titirangi Golf Club
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. With its dramatic undulation, deep gullies, trees and especially its bunkering, Titirangi has a similar feel to MacKenzie’s Pasatiempo, even Augusta, with the pine straw beneath the trees, on perhaps a slightly less grand canvas.
Titirangi Golf Club
The fairways are firm, fast and well drained, the subtle pure poa greens are generally large and can be extremely slick.
- Day 4
Auckland to Bay of Islands
Begin your journey North by driving over the Auckland Harbour Bridge towards the bays and beaches of Auckland’s North Shore. The motorway will quickly sweep you northward, until the suburban scenery gives way to peaceful farmland. A series of small settlements will lead you north until you take the scenic route up the west coast of Northland. Visit the fascinating Matakohe Kauri and Pioneer Museum, which houses the biggest collection of Kauri Gum in New Zealand, before continuing on through the Waipoua Kauri forest where giant Kauri trees, of up to 1000 years old can be viewed
- Day 5
Golf at Waitangi Golf Course
Play golf at Waitangi Golf Course this morning which not only provides an exciting and ever changing challenge to the golfer but also the most tremendous panorama of sea and island views over the Bay of Islands and Russell. These views are complemented by well groomed greens and fairways surrounded by areas of flowering native trees which provide sanctuary for many varieties of native birds.
Waitangi Golf Club
This afternoon is free to delve into NZ history in Russell and visit the Waitangi Treaty House, Maori Meeting House and War Canoe. Other options include a Bay of Islands cruise. Feel the excitement as this luxury catamaran threads its way through the famous 'Hole in the Rock'. Pass beautiful beaches and secluded bays as you spot marine wildlife in one of New Zealand's finest Maritime Parks. A relaxing way to discover the Bay!
- Day 6
Golf at Kauri Cliffs Golf Course
A golfing highlight of the tour is 18 holes of golf at Kauri Cliffs Golf Course with amazing views over the Cavalli Islands and many holes running parallel to the Pacific Ocean. Fifteen holes view the Pacific Ocean, six of which are played alongside cliffs that plunge into the sea. The beautiful inland holes wind through marsh, forest and farmland. Golf Digest USA selected Kauri Cliffs 'Best New International Golf Course of 2001'.
Kauri Cliffs Resort
- Day 7
Paihia to Gulf Harbour – Golf at Gulf Harbour
This morning travel south (approx 3 ½ Hours) 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 8
Gulf Harbour to Taupo
Travel south to Taupo this morning visiting the Waitomo Glow-worm caves and Orakei Korako Thermal Park. Waitomo Caves are world renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors. The Waitomo glow-worm is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light as an expert guide provides informative commentary on the Caves' historical and geological significance.
“Orakei Korako is possibly the best thermal area left in New Zealand and one of the finest in the world” ~ Lonley Planet Guide. Also known as the Hidden Valley, Orakei Korako is a unique visitor attraction – not to be missed. It’s a geothermal wonderland, one of nature’s true gifts. Explore a world of gushing geysers, hot springs, bubbling mud pools and some of the largest and most amazing silica terraces in the world.
- Day 9
Golf at Wairakei International Golf Course
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 10
Taupo to Napier – Golf at The Kinloch Club
Enjoy a round of golf at The Kinloch Club Course, the only Jack Nicklaus design course in New Zealand which has been created around the unique natural features of the site rather than transforming the landscape to meet a uniform golf course design. The course fits the landscape with ease, and the backdrop of Lake Taupo provides a magnificent setting. After golf depart for the Hawke’s Bay town of Napier. In 1931 a devastating earthquake nearly leveled this city. It was rebuilt in the style of the times, and is now considered the Art Deco Capital of the world.
The Kinloch Club
- Day 11
Golf at Cape Kidnappers
Your golf today is 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 12
Napier to Queenstown – Queenstown at your leisure
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.
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 13
Golf at Millbrook Resort
It’s golf at Millbrook Resort 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 14
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. 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; coach in fly out, fly in fly out, helicopter in fly out, whatever suits you
- Day 15
Golf at Queenstown Golf Course
Bring your camera as well as your clubs today for your 18 holes of golf on the scenically spectacular Queenstown Golf Course ranked among the world’s most beautiful. From every hole there is a majestic backdrop of snow capped mountains and crystal clear lake. The fifth hole “Shoreline” is one of the most photographed holes in golf. It’s a hilly layout, on a peninsular bounded by the lake. It becomes particularly challenging when the westerly blows through the Southern Alps and down the lake.
Queenstown Golf Club
- Day 16
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 17
Queenstown to Lake Tekapo
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.
Lake Tekapo & Mt Cook
- Day 18
Lake Tekapo to Terrace Downs
The scenic route to Terrace Downs leads you out of the Mackenzie Country, Enjoy historic sights and museums in the country towns of Fairlie and Geraldine. At Mt Somers and Staveley there are historic cottages and lime kilns. The highly scenic climb up to Mount Hutt is followed by the natural beauty of the braided Rakaia River. Explore the old coal mining settlement of Glentunnel before arriving at Terrace Downs.
- Day 19
Terrace Downs to Christchurch - Golf at Terrace Downs Resort Course
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 20
Golf at Clearwater Resort
Your final round of golf is at the Clearwater Golf Club. 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 21
Depart New Zealand
Sadly you depart New Zealand today. Return your rental car to the Christchurch airport where you will board your onward flight. We trust you have had a wonderful time in our country and return home with many great memories.
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