This is an epic golf tour of New Zealand, which is perfect for your first visit to this beautiful part of the world. We start in The City of Sails, Auckland, New Zealand's cosmopolitan city. Here you have 2 nights staying centrally at the Heritage Auckland. Upon arrival, you will enjoy a city tour, eat at one of Auckland's best restaurants, and golf at Muriwai Links Golf Course and get your first view of New Zealand’s rugged Coastline.
Transfer 3 hours south to Taupo by bus, a picturesque lakeside town with a lust for the outdoors. The Golf is brilliant, with a Jack Nicklaus Signature - Kinloch and then Wairakei International Golf Club, a New Zealand favourite which combines Golf with a wildlife sanctuary. A bus will take you 2 hours East to a charming Art Deco city, Napier, where you will soak up some local culture and play Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, continuously rated in the top 20 best courses in the world.
The final leg will be spent in the most scenic, Queenstown, the home of Adventure, outdoor sports including hiking and golf. We have you placed well at Peppers Hotel lakeside on the sunny shores of Lake Wakatipu and near the home of beautiful eateries and tasteful bars. In Queenstown, you will play Jacks Point Golf Course and Millbrook Golf Course, 2 very different courses with equally breathtaking backdrops and spend a day on the Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand's 'big 3' hiking trails.
- 2 x nights: The Heritage Auckland (5 Star)
- 2 x nights: Hilton Taupo (5 Star)
- 2 x nights: Crown Hotel Napier (4 Star)
- 5 x nights: Peppers Queenstown (5 Star)
- Daily Breakfast
- Welcome dinner at Oyster and Chop Auckland
- Leaving Dinner at Lone Star, Queenstown
- Internal flight Napier to Queenstown
- Full Transfers
- 7 Rounds of Championship Golf including Muriwai Links, Kinloch, Wairakei International, Cape Kidnappers, Jacks Point, Arrowtown, Millbrook.
- A day-hike on the Routeburn Track.
- 8 Tours: Auckland City Sites, The Skytower Viewing Platform, Waitomo Caves / Hobbiton (Lord Of The Rings) Tour, Napier Wine Tour, Onsen Hotpools, Gondola Sky Tour with Luge.
Non Golfer Tour Options
- Day trip to Waiheke
- TSS Earnslaw Cruise
Day 1: Auckland Tour
Arrive at Auckland and check into the 4-Star Heritage Hotel for 2 nights. In the afternoon there will be a City Highlights Tour of Mt Eden, Bastion Point and up the Sky Tower. Gain a full understanding of Auckland and an introduction to New Zealand from these vantage points - approx 2 hours. Welcome dinner at Oyster and Chop in the lively Viaduct and enjoy the liveliness of the area.
Day 2: Muriwai Golf Links
Have breakfast at Hotel. Golf Muriwai Links - A great links course on Auckland's rugged West Coast. After Golf have a look at the Gannet Colony and an optional swim. Non-Golfers: A day trip to Waiheke Island.
Day 3: Taupo via Hobbiton (Lord of the Rings)
Have breakfast at your hotel. Transfer approx 3 hours to Taupo. Stopping off on the way at Hobbiton - the Lord of the Rings Set & Waitomo Caves - to view the spectacular Glow Worms. Check into The Hilton Taupo for 2 nights.
Day 4: Kinloch Golf and Country Club
Have breakfast at your hotel. At 8:30 am - Drive 30mins to Kinloch Golf and Country Club. Golf Kincloch: A Jack Nicklaus signature, a challenge for golfers but a rare links course that sits lakeside. After Golf return to your Hotel.
7:30pm - Spend 2 hours at Wairakei Geothermal Pools, relax and unwind after golf- sulphur water is a natural remedy for your skin.
Day 5: Wairakei International Golf Club
Have breakfast at your hotel. Transfer 15 minutes to Golf. 9:00 am: Golf Wairakei International - A fantastic golf course located in a nature reserve, with amazing native New Zealand bush, birds and animals. After Golf you will drive 2 hours to Napier across rolling hills and farmland. In Napier take a short 45-minute tour explaining this Art Deco Town and the effects of the massive Earthquake. Check into the charming Crown Hotel, Napier for 2 nights.
Day 6: New Zealand's Best Vineyards
Have breakfast at your Hotel. Optional wine tour of the regions in the afternoon, where you will get the chance of visiting New Zealand's best vineyards. Trying the local Syrah and Chardonnay in particular.
Day 7: Cape Kidnappers Golf Course
Have breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to Cape Kidnappers - approx 40 minutes.
09:00 Golf at Cape Kidnappers an amazing experience where after Golf you can spend hours looking around the farm and admiring this incredible landscape.
In the afternoon: Fly down to Queenstown when you will check into Peppers Beacon Hotel (5 Star) for 5 nights
Day 8: Millbrook Golf Club & TSS Earnslaw
Have breakfast at your Hotel. 9:30 am Transfer to Millbrook (30mins). Play Millbrook Golf Club - a stunning 27 hole Golf club in Arrowtown. After Millbrook spend the afternoon in Arrowtown, a quaint little minors town. Pan for Golf or enjoy one of the cute bar and eateries. Non-Golfers: Take a trip on the famous TSS Earnslaw Cruise before linking with the others. 5:30 pm - Return to your hotel and enjoy an evening to yourselves.
Day 9: Arrowtown Golf Club
Have breakfast at your hotel. 8:30 am - Transfer to Arrowtown Golf Club, 20 mins. Play Arrowtown Golf Club. A local favourite and tricky course with impressive surrounds of rolling hills and mountain ranges. 1:30 pm - After Golf, return to your hotel 2:30 pm - Take a trip up the Gondola and view the special sites on top of Queenstown. Either relax at the Cafe or the adventurous can return to the bottom by Luge. Evening to yourselves
Day 10: Routeburn Track
Have breakfast at your hotel. 09:00 am: A day tour on the famous Routeburn Track. It’s a full day’s guided hike on one of the Big 3 Tracks in New Zealand. This will exemplify how beautiful a country it really is. Non-walkers: A cruise to Milford Sound for a $60 surcharge. Evening at The Onsen Hot Pools - spectacularly perched above Queenstown.
Day 11: Jacks Point Golf Course
Have breakfast at your hotel. 8:30 am: Transfer to Jacks Point (30mins) Golf Jacks Point - saving the best until last this golf course is the antithesis of New Zealand beauty. Leaving Dinner - Lone Star or similar
Breakfast at Hotel before departing New Zealand.
Muriwai Golf Links
Situated on New Zealand's wild and wonderful West Coast around 40 minutes from Auckland, Muriwai Golf Links provides a great links golfing experience. The black-sand based layout allows all-weather golf and the championship layout provides a thrill and challenge for all golfers. The course is easy walking on tightly-mown Kikuyu fairways. It has lots of well-designed greens with smart bunkering and the challenging Bentcross/Poa greens roll beautifully despite the many testing contours. Kinloch Jack Nicklaus’ much-anticipated signature Kinloch course opened in 2007 and has been a big hit with golfers ever since. Located just 20 minutes from Taupo, it is a very testing inland links course that flows over rolling countryside with fescue and heather grasses. To really enjoy this championship course you must select the right tees to play from and drive well. Having a good short game will help you navigate the sloping greens, too. The front nine offers a good mix of short and long holes but it’s standing on the par-4 10th where reality hits – you are presented with an amazing vista overlooking the back nine and Lake Taupo.
Wairakei Golf Course
The Wairakei Golf Course is located only a couple of minutes from Taupo and is New Zealand’s “original” resort golf course. Built in 1970, more than 30,000 native and exotic trees have recently been planted, along with the introduction of 200 mixed-colour pheasants, Kiwis and a small herd of deer. Golfers love the feeling at Wairakei of “owning” the fairways; it is relaxing to play and very playable for all levels of golfers thanks to its large greens and very true roll.
Cape Kidnappers Golf Course
Cape Kidnappers Golf Course is perched high above the cliffs at the southern tip of the Hawkes Bay, looking out across the Pacific Ocean. Like Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers is spread out over 6,000 acres of rolling farmland and native bush and has drawn international fanfare since it opened in 2004. Designed by Tom Doak, it also ranks in the world’s Top 100 golf courses and is an absolute showstopper to play. The layout itself is a stern challenge and flows nicely, leaving you in awe of the surroundings while offering two distinct nines. The closing nine is a big hit with visitors and plays along a ridge and valley out towards Cape Kidnappers. The par-5 15th is the hero, rated by Aussie star Adam Scott as his favourite hole anywhere in the world. In truth, it’s one of 18 holes that will have you coming back for more, too.
Jack's Point Golf Course
Jack's Point is located on the eastern side of Lake Wakitapu, a 20-minute drive from Queenstown and just five minutes from Queenstown airport. The golf course is located between the lake and The Remarkables mountain range, so everywhere you look you’ll see amazing scenery. The course, laid out on land that needed minimal modifications, boasts dramatic rocky outcrops, tussock areas, wetlands and native vegetation that blend effortlessly throughout all 18 holes. The heritage stone walls herald back to the last century when the land was a majestic high country farm. Breathtaking tee shots and challenging approaches are the norm here and the stretch of holes along the lake (5-8) provide stunning photo opportunities.
Millbrook Golf Course
Millbrook Golf Course is an internationally acclaimed golf resort and this is reflected in the quality of the 27-hole course and facilities on offer. Located just outside of Arrowtown and a 20-minute drive from Queenstown, the resort is set in a natural alpine amphitheatre against the backdrop of The Remarkables mountain range. The Remarkable and Coronet nines make up the championship 18-hole layout while the Arrow nine is also an enjoyable test of golf. The course weaves around the resort, lakes and schist rock encompassing some magnificent views. Millbrook will again be on the world stage in 2017 after being announced as the home of the NZ Open.