Arrive in Auckland – the “City of Sails” is New Zealand’s largest city and is bordered by two stunning harbours. Collect your rental car from the airport and make your way to your accommodation.
Enjoy Auckland in the afternoon. The Sky Tower, Auckland Museum, Auckland Zoo, and Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World are popular options, or you may even like to do a spot of shopping. Auckland is a shopaholic’s paradise, with everything from top-end designers to open air street markets. Discover the diverse range of cafés and restaurants offering cuisine from around the globe and check out the buzzing nightlife of the central city. Favourite spots include Wynyard Quarter, the Viaduct Harbour, the Britomart precinct and City Works Depot.
Stay 2 nights in Auckland City.
Ranked as one of New Zealand’s top courses and Auckland’s number one course Titirangi Golf Course is a great way to get into the swing of your golf holiday. Designed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie is situated in a beautiful bushland setting between the lower slopes of the Waitakere Ranges and the Manukau Harbour. In 2009 this course underwent a multi-million dollar upgrade. This par 70 course features elevated tees, rolling fairways, challenging bunkers and greens with pronounced undulations. Enjoy Kiwi hospitality at it’s best at this top golf course only 20 minutes from Auckland city.
Driving time Auckland to Bay of Islands 219 km / 136 miles, 3 hours
Drive to the Bay of Islands, renowned for its 144 Islands and surreal maritime park where an abundance of marine life includes whales, penguins and dolphins.
Paihia is the perfect base if you would like to discover the coves and beaches of the Bay of Islands! Paihia is also of historic importance to New Zealand, as this is where the historic Treaty House on the Waitangi Treaty Grounds is located, which marks the beginning of New Zealand as a nation. Just west of Paihia is Haruru, where you’ll find an impressive waterfall and a boardwalk.
Stay 1 night in Paihia, Bay of Islands.
Driving time Bay of Islands to Karikari Peninsula 111 km / 68 miles, 2 hours
Journey further north today to Karikari Peninsula where you will stay at the Peppers Carrington Resort and Golf Course. Relax and enjoy the many amenities available at the Carrington Resort and activities in the area including walking trails and wine tasting at Karikari Estate Winery and Vineyard.
Stay 2 nights in Karikari Peninsula.
The Northland golf course at Peppers Carrington Resort is located between sweeping ocean views to the north and east, and hill side vineyards of Karikari Estate to the south. The championship standard 18 hole Carrington golf course was designed by American golf course designer Matt Dye and encompasses a variety of terrains from rolling vales to challenging water holes. The course is designed to accommodate golfers of all abilities and offers a great variety of hole play. Spectacular views of the golf course, wetlands, Northland beach and ocean beyond are visible from the clubhouse and lounge complex. The clubhouse is sited on a high ridge in the middle of the golf course in order to take full advantage of the unique combination of vistas.
Driving time Karikari Peninsula to Bay of Islands 111 km / 68 miles, 2 hours
At your leisure travel back to the Bay of Islands today.
Explore Paihia in the afternoon. You can relax on one of the many warm secluded beaches or add on a Discover the Bay Cruise and see for yourself the best of what the Bay of Islands has to offer. Journey to the Hole in the Rock and if weather permits, sail through it. See marine wildlife including Dolphins and stop off at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island to have a swim, go for a walk and relax. This cruise includes a delicious BBQ lunch.
Stay 2 nights in Paihia, Bay of Islands.
Relax and enjoy your day in the Bay of Islands. For a great day trip, hop on the ferries from Paihia (passenger ferry) or Opua (vehicle ferry) to Russell. Russell is a significant place in New Zealand’s history, being New Zealand’s first European settlement and sea port, while Okiato, near Russell, was New Zealand’s first capital. Russell is also home to the Duke of Marlborough, New Zealand’s first licensed hotel and pub, which has been refreshing rascals and reprobates since 1827! The pub is located on the waterfront in Russell—why not sit back and relax on the verandah overlooking the bay?
Other options include venturing off-road to Cape Reinga via 90 Mile Beach, or experiencing a spectacular scenic flight over the Bay of Islands in a plane or helicopter.
Driving time Bay of Islands to Auckland 219 km / 136 miles, 3 hours
Travel back to Auckland today at your leisure. In the afternoon relax and explore Auckland, you can add on a sailing cruise on the Waitemata Harbour or America’s Cup Sailing Experience for a 2- hour sailing experience on an actual America’s Cup yacht!
This evening, if you would like to dine with a spectacular view, you might like to visit the Sky Tower. You are spoilt for choice with three restaurants and cafés up the Sky Tower, including the Orbit 360-degree dining revolving restaurant; The Sugar Club, which is superbly chic and elegant; or the Sky Café, where you can relax with a coffee, cheese board or ice cream. You will have the opportunity to view the city from 328 metres high above street level and take in the beautiful views, up to 80 kilometres in every direction. Spot the key landmarks, including a number of volcanoes and historical locations within the greater Auckland area.
Stay 1 night in Auckland City.
Driving time Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula 179 km / 111 miles, 2.5 hours
Renowned worldwide as a spectacular holiday destination, with warm white sandy beaches, misty rainforests and wilderness a-plenty, the Coromandel is the ideal place to relax and unwind. Dig your own hot pool at Hot Water Beach or sea kayak the coastline, exploring beaches, caves and the world famous Cathedral Cove!
Whitianga is the main settlement of Mercury Bay, an attractive township with a deep-water harbour. Now a vibrant coastal town, Whitianga is evolving into a delightful place to visit. Whitianga has an excellent selection of restaurants and cafés, and the thriving retail community provides an interesting collection of outlets.
Stay 2 nights in Whitianga, Coromandel.
Today, join the Glass Bottom Boat for a unique boat cruise. Depart from the Whitianga Wharf to explore the breathtaking volcanic coastline, including the famous Cathedral Cove. See the stunning Champagne Bay, plus a range of blow holes and sea caves, including Orua’s Sea Cave, the second largest sea cave in New Zealand! See what lies above and below the surface in the Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve and be amazed by all the marine life to be seen. You can choose your own level of fun. Either sit back and enjoy the amazing marine life through the glass boat, or take the plunge and snorkel amongst the fish. All equipment supplied and no experience necessary. Blue penguins are a common sight year-round.
Driving time Coromandel Peninsula to Rotorua 252 km / 157 miles, 3 hours
Rotorua is distinguished by Maori culture and geothermal activity!
This diverse city will put on a display as you stroll through Hell’s Gate, to view a steaming thermal reserve, with mud pools, craters and activities including the chance to try Maori weaving and wood carving. Sit back and relax with the Hell’s Gate Excite Experience, enjoy a soak in a private mud bath, followed by a sulphur spa to ease your muscles after a couple of great rounds of golf.
Stay 1 night in Rotorua.
Driving time Rotorua to Taupo 76 km / 47 miles, 1 hour
Enjoy a short drive south to Taupo, rich in natural beauty with attractions such as the Huka Falls and boat cruises. Taupo is a great lake for trout fishing, water-skiing, sailing and kayaking. The Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, which can only be seen from the water, make for a great boat trip or kayaking excursion. The forests surrounding the lake offer hiking and mountain biking to suit all levels of experience.
Enjoy a Peek at the Lake Taupo Scenic Floatplane Flight with highlights including flying over the ‘Craters of the Moon’.
Stay 2 nights in Taupo.
Wairakei Golf Course is a unique golf course, unlike the others you have played that have been surrounded by coastline, beaches and ocean, Wairakei is surrounded by geothermal fields. Designed by British Golf Course Architect Commander John Harris who saw the potential to create a championship golf course like no other in this unique location. Skirting the edges of active geothermal fields he used the volcanic contours to sculpt fairways, elevated tees and greens and bury hazards within the natural landscape. Enjoy a truly unique day on this majestic golf course.
Driving time Taupo to Auckland 284 km/ 176 miles, 3.5 hours
Travel back to Auckland at your leisure and explore the city or add on a
This evening enjoy a meal in Auckland and raise a glass to fantastic New Zealand golf holiday!
Stay 1 night in Auckland City.
Drop your rental car off at Auckland Airport and depart Auckland.
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