The following North Island golf itinerary is based on one of our most popular vacations for those who are limited on time; however it is for those who wish to experience the very best of what New Zealand golf has to offer. Along with remarkable new golf, this New Zealand golf vacation package includes the marvel of travel to New Zealand with its diverse and striking landscape.
New Zealand has a long history with golf as Scottish pioneers introduced the game over a century ago. In recent times, New Zealand’s become home to world class courses and state of the art facilities. With dramatic scenery, greenery, long stretches of coast and soaring mountains, New Zealand is a natural playground.
Kauri Cliffs Golf Course is situated in the Bay of Island’s, one of New Zealand’s most naturally beautiful regions. Kauri Cliffs has received a multitude of accolades including being ranked 18th best golf course in the world by ‘Golf Magazine’s‘ world top 100 golf course ranking panel. It 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 meters 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.
Taupo is a popular resort town, nestled on the banks of Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. Taupo offers superb golf clubs and golf courses catering for all levels of skill. Play a round of golf cross (a variation on the original golf game, using an oval shaped ball), improve your game at a golf driving range or enjoy a game of golf at a golf course in Taupo.
Arrival into Auckland and take a domestic flight to Kerikeri, Bay of Islands where make your stay arrangements.
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 meters 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 men’s locker rooms.
Transfer to Kerikeri Airport for schedule airplane which will transfer to Taupo where make your stay arrangements. Evening is free to explore on your own.
GOLF AT WAIRAKEI INTERNATIONAL GOLF COURSE
Only minutes north of Lake Taupo, this world-acclaimed 6,444 metre par 72 golf course is set in 450 acres of gently rolling countryside. Its parkland layout features 108 large bunkers, magnificent tree-lined fairways and large plateau greens, all bordered by dense pine forest.
In 2009 plans began to create a wildlife sanctuary, including the erection of a 2 metre high electrical rodent proof fence which surrounds the whole property. Kiwis have been released along with a number of exotic native birds. A new professional shop and driving range have also been completed in late 2010, bringing Wairakei International right back up to one of the very best golfing facilities in the country.
Jack Nicklaus’ first signature and only design in New Zealand has added another gem of a course to the New Zealand landscape. Travel and Leisure Golf Magazine rated The Kinloch Club the best new course in 2007 outside North America. The course takes advantage of the natural terrain created by the supervolcanic Taupo eruption 26,000 years ago, which deposited pumice across a wide area.
One of the most incredible Helicopter journeys today, takes you on a volcanic safari over the Tongariro National Park and over the Ruapehu Crater lake. Experience the wonders of the volcanic plateau as you fly from Taupo directly to Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club.
Considered one of the country’s premier links courses, Paraparaumu Beach was designed in 1949 by Australian Open champion Alex Russell, partner of the highly acclaimed course architect Dr Alistair McKenzie. The home course of Tiger Woods’s caddie, Steve Williams, it has played host to the New Zealand Open championship on 12 occasions, with Tiger Woods himself playing in the 2002 event.
Laid out over naturally rolling topography, the well drained fairways, fierce rough and intimidating bunkers of this 5,919 meter par 71 course combine with coastal winds to create a truly challenging golfing experience. Often likened to a traditional Scottish links course, it has ranked within the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World by Golf Magazine.
After golf your helicopter will collect you from the golf course and transfer you to Cape Kidnappers.
This wonderfully dramatic course, set high on craggy cliffs some 140 metres above the sea, was designed by American Tom Doak of Renaissance Golf Design. Arguably one of the most spectacular sites in the world, the 6,533 meter par 71 course provides a firm and fast surface for seaside golf at its finest.
In 2008 the Daily Telegraph of the UK, described Cape Kidnappers as the No.1 Golf Course in the World. Host to the Kiwi Challenge, where 4 of the young stars of world golf come together in a 36 hole tournament, the 2009 contest featured Anthony Kim, Hunter Mahan (defending champion), Sean O’Hair and Camilo Villegas. At Cape Kidnappers players may one minute be hitting shots over the tops of tea trees and then the next across a deep gully or along the edge of a deep ravine. Holes aptly named the Pirate’s Plank and the Widow’s Walk perhaps give you some indication of just how exhilarating this course is, overlooking the Hawkes Bay.
Sadly, your trip to New Zealand comes to an end, as you transfer to Napier airport for a short domestic flight to Auckland international to meet your International flight home. You will agree on departure that you will have experienced one of the most incredible golf destinations in the world and you will vow to return another day!