The great New Zealand golf tour
These world-ranked courses, nestled in magnificent locales, showcase the finest of New Zealand golf. Play the clifftop courses at Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs in the North Island. Kinloch Club, a Jack Nicklaus hallmark course, and the must-play Wairakei course are also worth a visit. Continue your ultimate golf experience in the South Island with The Hills and Jack's Point, two expertly-designed courses.
Day 1 - 2: Auckland to Bay of Islands
Traveling north from Auckland, across undulating hills and past seascapes, you'll arrive in semi-tropical Northland. Kauri Cliffs luxury lodge and golf course is located at Matauri Bay on the east coast of Northland. It's been dubbed "Pebble Beach on steroids" because of its location on a clifftop with breathtaking vistas. Paihia and Kerikeri, both close by, are also worth seeing. The picturesque villages provide a diverse range of accommodations, delectable food options, and a diverse range of activities. Explore the 144 islands that make up the Bay of Islands on a boat excursion, or take a scenic flight to take in the breathtaking scenery from above.
WaitangiWaitangi, New Zealand
Day 3: Bay of Islands to Auckland
Begin your day by returning to Auckland from the south. Take the west coast route to visit Tane Mahuta, New Zealand's largest kauri tree, and stretch your legs in Waipoua Forest. Waipoua is home to fascinating Maori mythology and unique birds, as well as tall trees. Play a round of golf at Titirangi Golf Club, New Zealand's only Alister MacKenzie-designed course, which was established in 1909. MacKenzie is noted for his sensitivity to the original site's characteristics. Good restaurants may be found in Ponsonby, Federal Street, Britomart, and Wynyard Quarter in Auckland, which has a thriving food culture.
Kauri Bay BoomrockKauri Bay Boomrock Clevedon-Kawakawa Road, Clevedon, New Zealand
Day 4 - 5: Auckland to Taupo
Spend the day at the Wairakei Golf Course, which is famed for its natural settings of native birds and bush, after traveling through the Waikato's undulating dairy heartland. After that, drive a short distance from Taupo to Kinloch, a lovely town. Play a round at the Kinloch Club, which was designed by Jack Nicklaus. The links-style course winds its way across volcanic landscape and features difficult green complexes. Take a boat excursion to Mine Bay to see the Maori rock sculptures, or relax in the geothermal waters at Wairakei Terraces.
TaupōTaupō, New Zealand
Day 6: Taupo to Napier
Take a road journey to Napier, our Art Deco city, when you're ready. The Hawke's Bay region, with its award-winning wines, pleasant weather, and lovely, orchard-lined roads, is a jewel of the North Island. Visit the breathtaking Cape Kidnappers, which is ranked 16th in the world. The sea vistas are breathtaking, especially on the 15th hole, which is 243 meters above the ocean with deadly drops on both sides. Take an Art Deco Vintage Car Tour about the city to get a sense of the splendor and style of the jazz era before eating at one of the many restaurants. Try a glass of pinot gris or syrah from the area.
NapierNapier, New Zealand
Day 7: Napier to Wellington
The next stop is Wellington, which Lonely Planet describes as the world's "coolest small capital." There's lots to see and do where nature meets culture and innovation meets gastronomy, including the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. If you want to play some golf, go to Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, which is widely regarded as the spiritual home of New Zealand golf. Try the Royal Wellington Golf Club, which was the first golf club in the country to be granted royal status.
WellingtonWellington, New Zealand
Day 8 - 10: Wellington to Queenstown
Take a flight from Wellington to Queenstown, which offers breathtaking vistas of the Southern Alps. Queenstown is known for its dynamic town, and you won't have trouble finding delicious food and wine there. Visit a winery or test your limits with an adventure activity if you wish to move outside of the city center. There are plenty of things to do in this town. The golf course at Jack's Point, which has a ski resort feel to it, is set against a spectacular background of The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu. Alternatively, go the short distance to Arrowtown and play The Hills course, a standout with difficult holes and beautiful sculptures.