Starts: Kerikeri (or Auckland)
10 Night Golf tour includes overnights in Bay of Islands, Auckland, Napier, Queenstown and Christchurch. While experiencing some amazing scenery, food and people that make up your New Zealand sojourn, take the opportunity to tee off on various golf courses throughout New Zealand including two of the top courses in the world! Hotel style accommodation is included to complete your golfing journey.
DAY 1 – Arrive Kerikeri
Kia Ora and welcome to New Zealand! Over your next 11 days you will play some of the top golf courses in the world and at the same time experience some fantastic scenery, food and people that are New Zealand!
On arrival to New Zealand you will take your domestic flight to Kerikeri then collect your rental car from the Budget rental car desk and make your way to your accommodation in Paihia.
BAY OF ISLANDS – This was the name given by Captain James Cook when he described the area 200 years ago. The Bay, studded with over 150 islands, is a “drowned river system,” an area where the sea has invaded and drowned a number of river valleys. Its sheltered waters offer some of the finest boating and fishing to be found anywhere. The Bay of Islands was the site of the first Christian Mission station in New Zealand, as well as having New Zealand’s first capital city, Russell, which is now a quiet little seaside village.
DAY 2 – Golf: Kauri Cliffs
Today experience one of New Zealand’s most spectacular golf courses, Kauri Cliffs. Kauri Cliffs was designed and built by David Harman of Golf Course Consultants, Orlando, Florida.The par 72 championship golf course measures 7,119 yards/ 6,510 metres and offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level. Fifteen holes view the Pacific Ocean, six of which are played alongside cliffs which plunge to the sea. The beautiful inland holes wind through marsh, forest and farmland. The golf complex includes a world-class practice range, putting and chipping greens, a well-stocked golf shop, and ladies and mens locker rooms. Callaway ladies and mens rental clubs are available. Following your day at Kauri Cliffs please return to your accommodation in Paihia.
DAY 3 – Paihia / Auckland (approx 146 miles)
Depart Paihia and travel south through Whangarei, Wellsford and Warkworth before arriving at New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland.
AUCKLAND – an exciting, sporting and cultural city, sprawled on a narrow isthmus, between two harbours. The Waitemata and Manukau Harbours, are a main feature of the city, along with numerous volcanic cones such as Mount Eden and Rangitoto Island. The city’s many beaches, marinas and parks, make it ideal for outdoor pursuits such as yachting, rugby, cricket or a day at the beach. The Auckland metropolitan area is New Zealand’s biggest city, and the population mix of European, Maori, and Pacific Islander, make Auckland the largest Polynesian city in the World.
DAY 4 – Auckland
Today is at your leisure to explore Auckland and its surrounding suburbs.
Gulf Harbour Country Club: Spectacular finishing holes, ocean views, rolling terrain and classic, traditional values. All combine to make the Gulf Harbour Country Club one of the most exciting new developments in New Zealand.This 6,400 metre, par 72 golf course is located at Gulf Harbour on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, just north of Auckland. It meanders through native grasses and vegetation and has a natural look and feel from start to finish.Four sets of tees assure playability for every calibre of golfer, from beginners to professionals. Like all great courses, Gulf Harbour tantalises players with a variety of exciting holes. Several feature risk and reward opportunities, and none are tricked-up or artificial.
Titirangi Golf Club: You are welcome to enjoy the splendour of one of golf’s greatest challenges only 20 minutes from downtown Auckland, NZ.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 – The Titirangi Golf Club.Reminiscent of another of his famous designs – Augusta – with the ‘Amen Corner’ at 12,13 & 14 – this is a memorable walk among tall exotics, native New Zealand Bush and undulating landscapes.
DAY 5 – Auckland / Napier (approx 261 miles)
Today please make your way south to Napier. Travel through Hamilton, Tokoroa and Taupo before arriving at your destination. Napier, Hawke’s Bay: New Zealand’s second most important wine-producing area is based on the twin art deco cities of Napier and Hastings. Vineyards were first planted here 150 years ago by French Marist missionaries. Today, the tradition is continued by the Marist brothers and their Mission Vineyard is an important wine producer and a tourist attraction, with a comprehensive wine shop and restaurant. There are now over 49 vineyards and we recommend 10 worth visiting. The region’s extended dry growing season, low humidity and high sunshine hours enables the full ripening and flavour development of the classic wine grape varieties. These include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Muller Thurgau, Gewurtztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
DAY 6 – Golf: Cape Kidnappers
Today please make your way to Cape Kidnappers.
Cape Kidnappers: Designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak, the par 71 golf course measures 7,119 yards (6,510 meters) and will challenge golfers of all skill levels. Completed in 2004, Cape Kidnappers has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf and is currently ranked the 41st best golf course in the world by Golf Magazine.
Following your challenging round of golf enjoy the remainder of the day exploring the Hawkes Bay. A visit to a few of the numerous world renowned vineyards is a must!
DAY 7 – Fly Napier to Queenstown
This morning please make your way to Napier Airport for your domestic flight to Queenstown. Return your rental car to Napier Airport before checking in for your flight to the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’, Queenstown. On arrival to Queenstown collect your new vehicle before making your way to your accommodation.
QUEENSTOWN – is the South Island’s most popular resort, set alongside the shores of Lake Wakatipu, under the gaze of the Remarkables Ranges. See the contrast of smooth glacier rounded hills, and jagged mountain summits that reach high above the ancient ice floor. The town is renowned for its jet boating, bungy-jumping, skiing and awe-inspiring scenery. Local story has it, that the gold prospectors of the 19th century pronounced the town as “fit for any Queen”, and so she was called Queenstown.
DAY 8 – Golf: Jack’s Point
Today please make your way to one of New Zealand’s newest International Golf Courses, Jack’s Point.
Jack’s Point: With a backdrop of 2300 vertical metres of the razorback Remarkables mountain range and am armchair view of an outstanding lake and mountain panorama, Jack’s Point Golf Course is not only one of the most spectacular in the world, but as an 18 hole 72 championship course it offers golfers of any calibre a challenging and unforgettable experience.
The course works with nature, not against it. Designed with minimal excavation the course measures 6338 metres (6986 yards) from the championship tees and is build on the most spectacular of Jack’s Point terrain, weaving through tussock grasslands, dramatic rock outcrops, steep bluffs and swathes of native bush to the edge of Lake Wakatipu.
DAY 9 – Queenstown / Christchurch (approx 300 miles)
Today travel to Christchurch, the Garden City. Christchurch is the largest of the South Island cities with Grand architecture, historic homesteads and immaculate parks. Visit the town square, explore the cathedral or enjoy a punt along the Avon River.
DAY 10 – Christchurch / Methven / Christchurch (approx 70 miles each way) Golf: Terrace Downs
Today please make your way to Methven and the Rakaia Gorge. Terrace Downs is today’s golfing challenge.
Terrace Downs: Terrace Downs is a unique New Zealand getaway destination located in the heart of a rural Canterbury High Country community and within close proximity to various ski fields. Catering to guests of all ages the luxury resort features deluxe accommodation, award winning cuisine and an 18-hole championship golf course with stunning views up to Mt Hutt. With four tee positions for each hole, the Terrace Downs Golf Course caters to golfers of all abilities from beginners through social golfers to professionals.
DAY 11 – Depart Christchurch
Return your rental car to Christchurch Airport before checking in for your departure flight.