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
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 Coromandel Peninsula 178 km / 110 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.
A short drive from Whitianga is another top-rated golf course, The Dunes. This course provides a unique golfing experience – bordering the picturesque Whangapoua Harbour and a beautiful sandy pacific beach.
This world-class golf course sits at the tip of a sand spit, with its sand base providing the ideal all-weather course. Combined with the challenging layout, this championship course provides a challenge for golfers with both high and lower handicaps. This course is one of New Zealand’s best kept golfing secrets!
Driving time Coromandel Peninsula to Rotorua 252 km / 157 miles, 3 hours
Enjoy the scenic journey to Rotorua, distinguished by Maori culture and geothermal activity. This diverse city will put on a display as you encounter geysers, mud pools, steaming craters and 16 beautiful lakes.
Relax and explore Rotorua in the afternoon, with the option to take a trip to one of the surrounding towns. One destination you may want to visit is Hamurana—this small township with 900 dwellings is located 15 kms (20 mins drive) northeast of Rotorua, and is renowned for the stunning Hamurana Springs. A stream-side walk runs through a redwood grove with beautiful views of the crystal-clear water that runs into Lake Rotorua.
Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.
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.
In the evening option to add on a traditional Maori Cultural Experience including a Hangi Dinner.
Driving time Rotorua to Taupo 76 km / 47 miles, 1 hour
Enjoy a short drive south to Taupo, rich in natural beauty providing attractions such as the Huka Falls and bungy jumping. The Huka Falls is New Zealand’s most visited attraction, where more than 220,000 litres of water thunder over the cliff face every second.
Keeping with the water theme, Taupo is a great lake for trout fishing, boat cruises, 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.
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 Napier 140 km / 86 miles, 2 hours
Head to the East Coast and discover Napier, the Art Deco Capital of New Zealand. Set within the country’s oldest and second largest wine-growing region, Hawkes Bay, Napier is surrounded by picturesque vineyards and wineries.
Explore the Napier and Hasting wine region in the afternoon if you wish and visit vineyards and cellar doors at your leisure.
Stay 2 nights in Napier.
Option to play golf at Cape Kidnappers Golf Course today, please enquiry for further information. Or add on a wine tour of the Hawkes Bay region.
You might also like to visit the National Aquarium of New Zealand, home to the country’s most diverse range of sea life. You might also like to visit Otatara Pa (Maori Fortified Village) which was the largest Pa in the Hawkes Bay region, now a historical reserve showcasing many of the foundations of terraced dwelling sites and food pits.
Driving time Napier to Wellington 328 km / 203 miles, 5 hours
Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, has so much to offer. Set on the edge of a stunning harbour, surrounded by rolling hills, it’s a city rich in culture waiting to be explored. From shopping to live theatre, Te Papa Tongarewa the Museum of New Zealand and more – Wellington has something for everyone.
Wellington’s top attractions include Te Papa, Weta Workshop, Wellington Cable Car, Mt Victoria Lookout and Wellington Zoo.
Stay 1 night in Wellington.
Sailing time Wellington to Picton 70 km / 43 miles, 3 hours
Driving time Picton to Kaikoura 156 km / 97 miles, 2 hours
It’s all about the journey today as you board the Interislander Cook Strait Ferry, which will transport you on a scenic cruise to Picton. Enjoy the coastal drive along the South Island’s East Coast to Kaikoura.
Kaikoura is a stunning coastal township offering a backdrop of majestic mountains. Kaikoura, being an important fishing port, is a mecca for seafood lovers. Local specialties include blue cod, paua (abalone) and of course crayfish (lobster).
Stay 1 night in Kaikoura.
Driving time Kaikoura to Christchurch 188 km / 117 miles, 2.5 hours
Christchurch, New Zealand’s Garden City awaits you.
Discover the vibrant and picturesque garden city, renowned for its natural beauty, lively entertainment scene, and strong cultural heritage. With its stunning botanical gardens and tree-lined avenues, Christchurch is both a sophisticated city and beautiful place to relax.
You have the option to add on one or more of Christchurch’s top attractions including the Gondola, Tramway, Punting on the Avon River and Botanical Gardens Tour.
Stay 2 nights in Christchurch (option to stay at Clearwater Resort).
Today walk in the footsteps of Clearwater graduates such as Jason Dufner, Bubba Watson and women’s golf star Lydia Ko on Clearwater’s manicured fairways and greens surrounded by natural spring-fed lakes as you enjoy your 18 hole round of golf.
The course features both the standard Par 72 championship layout (5 tees) and an Executive Par 60 “30|30″ challenge designed by Sir Bob Charles. Set within nearly 200 hectares of the Clearwater Resort and just minutes from Christchurch International Airport, New Zealand’s premier championship golf course has something for everyone.
Driving time Christchurch to Lake Tekapo 227 km / 141 miles, 3.5 hours
Depart Christchurch and travel south to Lake Tekapo. This far-reaching road adventure takes you from sea level to the mountains. You will begin with the flat green tranquillity of the Canterbury Plains, but it won’t be long before you climb through the tussocky wilds towards the Southern Alps.
An amazing smoky turquoise lake announces that you have arrived in Lake Tekapo. Lake Tekapo presents many world-class attractions such as the famous Church of the Good Shepherd, the luxurious spa complex Tekapo Springs and of course the world-famous Mt John Observatory.
Stay 1 night in Lake Tekapo.
Driving time Lake Tekapo to Wanaka 199 km / 123 miles, 3 hours
Venture past Lake Pukaki a picturesque turquoise glacial lake, before you travel through the dramatic Lindis Pass which links the Mackenzie Basin with Central Otago. Before arriving into Wanaka boasting panoramic views, a relaxed atmosphere and a myriad of walking tracks.
There is so much on offer in Wanaka, enjoy one of the many stunning walking tracks; take a look around Wanaka’s boutique shops, visit Puzzling World, Wanaka’s iconic illusional attraction as well as the famous National Toy and Transport Museum and Warbirds and Wheels Museum, or just sit back and relax and take in the stunning views.
Stay 2 nights in Wanaka.
Option to play a challenging 18 holes of golf today at the picturesque Wanaka Golf Course surrounded by mountains and overlooking Lake Wanaka! It is nestled above the township of Wanaka boasting superb views and a very high standard of course maintenance.
The course at Wanaka Golf Club is set in spectacular alpine scenery. The front nine is blessed with views over Lake Wanaka township to the lake and mountains beyond. The back nine has more of a parkland feel with tree lined fairways and views of Mt Iron, Mt Gold and the Cardrona Valley. Snow-capped peaks surround the course in winter, but the climate in Wanaka ensures it is playable all year round. Please enquiry for further information.
Driving time Wanaka to Queenstown 70 km / 43 miles, 1 hour
Drive over the beautiful Crown Range, one of New Zealand’s highest alpine roads, and admire the vistas from fantastic viewing points. Be sure to stop at the historic Cardrona Hotel for a refreshment before your arrival into Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital and scenic resort town.
Relax and explore Queenstown this afternoon, with the option to visit the Kiwi Birdlife Park, the Underwater Observatory, or the Ivan Clarke Gallery; ride the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for panoramic views over the Wakatipu Basin; or simply enjoy a lakefront stroll or a bit of boutique shopping.
Stay 4 nights in Queenstown or Arrowtown.
Enjoy 18 Holes of Golf at the prestigious Millbrook Golf Resort. This scenic golf course will provide you with the most unforgettable Queenstown golfing experience.
Designed by renowned professional and master golf Sir Bob Charles. Millbrook’s course is best described as a mix between the world-class immaculately manicured ‘Parklands’ courses and ‘Links’ courses, offering a variety of natural hazards including tussocks, streams, schist stone, trees and buildings.
Relax and explore Queenstown today or take the short drive to the historic mining town of Arrowtown.
In the afternoon enjoy a breathtaking scenic helicopter flight taking you over the Remarkables mountain range and Kawarau river. Watch jet boats race up the Shotover and take in the amazing Lake Wakatipu from the air. Landing in the Wakatipu Basin for a great photo opportunity and to take in the surrounding mountains. This 20 minute flight will be a highlight of your travels.
Today finish your holiday on a high with a round of golf at Jack’s Point championship golf course. The course is carved from former high country station farmland, backdropped by the Remarkables Mountain range and overlooking Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu, is billed as one of the world’s most spectacular courses.
The John Darby designed 18-hole par 72 course provides a range of challenges for both experienced and beginner golfers. The undulating course follows natural contours and features tussock grasslands, dramatic rocky outcrops and steep bluffs offset by striking alpine and lake views.Wetlands and native bush have been preserved and new plantings complement the surrounding environment creating a course where every hole has a unique appeal. Dry stone walls lining the fairways reflect the course’s heritage as a high country farm. As Queenstown’s newest course, built in 2008, it already has a world-class reputation which is attracting an international following. Jack’s Point is ranked the best South Island course in NZ.
Celebrate a fantastic golf holiday at the 19th hole!
Drop your rental car off at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.
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