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Posted by Di Houghton on August 18, 2016

Maybe you put a big emphasis on luxury, ambience or location when you choose your holiday accommodation. And why shouldn’t you? Going on vacation is often the reward you look forward to after all your hard work, so you naturally want to be comfortable. Here are some of our favourites in New Zealand.

Luxury – Kauri Cliffs Lodge

A luxury lodge at the internationally acclaimed golf course of the same name sits on a cliff-top in subtropical Northland near the northern tip of the North Island. The main lodge overlooks the spectacular Cavalli Islands and incorporates the beautifully appointed living room, a spacious and comfortable meeting/TV room, a card room, and a small computer room.

 As well as the world class golf course, as a guest of Kauri Cliffs you will enjoy a range of leisure facilities including:

  • Two Astro Turf tennis courts
  • Beautiful full service day spa set in our native Totara forest
  • Fitness centre with an indoor lap pool and jacuzzi
  • Stunning infinity swimming pool
  •  Private à la carte dining is available in the main dining room or on the verandah overlooking the South Pacific Ocean.
  • Gourmet picnics can be arranged and enjoyed around the expansive grounds.

 Kauri Cliffs also has three private swimming beaches, including the famed Pink Beach where regular barbecues are held in the summer months. Mountain bikes, guided nature walks, fishing and horse riding are all popular activities on the property.

 

Ambience – The Crown Hotel

Boutique accommodation in a picturesque seaside setting in the Hawkes Bay city of Napier. The original Crown Hotel opened for business in 1859 on the corner of Waghorne & Barry Street.  It was destroyed by fire in the 1931 earthquake while the new hotel was being built. The building was to be three levels but was reduced to two levels due to the earthquake's damage.  Heritage suites located in the original 1932 Crown Hotel Building, have been lovingly restored to reflect the history and opulent style of the Art Deco era. we support local Hawke's Bay products and suppliers

“Rejuvenate and Invigorate”  Epitomises the following range of services and amenities designed with their guests in mind. 

  • House Bar and Mil & Honey Restaurant
  • Boutique Theatrette
  • Gymnasium
  • Business Facilities

In January The Crown Hotel was ranked number 3 within the Top 25 hotels in New Zealand for the 2016 Trip Advisors Travellers Choice.

Location – The Rees Apartment Hotel

Showcasing breathtaking panoramic lake and alpine views, The Rees Hotel Queenstown is a sophisticated hotel situated right on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, taking advantage of the spectacular views across the lake to the Remarkable Mountain range and just a gentle walk to Queenstown’s town centre.

Breath-taking views and luxury accommodation are just the beginning! The Rees Hotel also boasts a range of unique and sophisticated facilities to ensure you experience absolute comfort and enjoyment during your stay.

  • Health and Wellness Spa
  • True South Fine Dining Restaurant
  • Extensive Wine Cellar
  • Fleet of Mountain Bikes
  • Art gallery of original paintings and library of rare books
  • Private jetty, offering jet boat and water taxi service

 

The Rees, is proud to continue the tradition of hospitality established nearly 150 years ago by the pioneer settler and founder of Queenstown, William Gilbert Rees.  Rees was a man of extraordinary achievements – the explorer who literally put Queenstown on the map, the farmer whose merino grazed over more than 240,000 acres of Wakatipu basin land, a first class international cricketer and all round sportsman and an accomplished artist.

5 Reasons to Love Golfing in New Zealand

Posted by Di Houghton on June 01, 2016

Scenery

New Zealand is famous for its spectacular scenery. On the North Island, golf amongst emerald-green rolling hills overlooking sparkling blue waters, edged by dramatic black sand beaches. Tiny islands, wildlife sanctuaries and volcanic cliffs surround you. The South Island is a jewel, featuring snow-capped mountains over crystal-clear turquoise and violet lakes. Fill your sight with natural, unspoiled beauty as you enjoy golfing luxurious courses.

History

New Zealand has a long history with golfing. Immigrants from Scotland introduced golf to the country in the 1870’s, and the first national championship was played in 1893. British Open champion Sir Bob Charles and more recently Michael Campbell's win at the US Open in 2005 put New Zealand firmly in the modern golf spotlight. Golfing greats have experienced the fairways of New Zealand and publicly praised the unique beauty and quality of our courses.

Fewer crowds

With a population of less than 4 million, New Zealand has a course for every 10,000 people. Except for the larger city clubs, it's possible to walk onto many golf courses and play without booking in advance. Breathe, relax and enjoy golfing without crowds associated with many other destinations.

Climate

Unlike many northern hemisphere countries, golf is played all year round in New Zealand. The major club competition season runs from March to November to coincide with peak times of grass growth. Hard and dry conditions during hot summer months can see golfers hitting career best drives of over 300 yards! These courses are at their “best” during spring and early summer, but every season has its benefits.

Wineries

After a perfect day golfing, New Zealand offers a wide variety of activities for you to relax and unwind. From spa services to world-class wineries, you can enjoy internationally acclaimed flavours of refreshing local wine. Specialists can guide you through the experience for the ultimate pairing.

Best South Island Resort Golf Courses

Posted by Di Houghton on May 24, 2016

Package Includes

  • Personal assistance from your Golfers Dream Host throughout your tour
  • 8 nights twin share in your choice of accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • 5 rounds of golf with electric cart
  • Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
  • Late model rental vehicle of your choice including unlimited kilometers & comprehensive insurance
  • Daily travel itinerary and driving directions
  • Maps and regional activity guides

Suggested Activities we can arrange

  • Shotover Jetboat Ride
  • Queenstown Wine Tour
  • TSS Earnslaw cruise to Walter Peak Station for BBQ Dinner
  • Skyline Gondola Dinner with Maori Cultural Performance
  • Hot Air Ballooning

Tour is priced on a twin share basis

This tour can be customised to suit your requirements. As well as a self drive golf trip for two people, it is available as a private luxury golf vacation for a small group of friends or as a coach tour for a large group. You choose the type of accommodation to suit you and we are able to arrange any of the above suggested sightseeing and non golf activities along the way. Please complete the enquiry form and we will begin planning you the perfect itinerary.

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