South Island Golf Highlights Itinerary

6 DAYS

22 km

Highlights

  • Dramatic golf holes
  • Championship courses
  • Stunning locations

Proximity

CAR-FREE TRAVEL OPTIONS

includes 1 flight to Queenstown

Discover the spectacular South Island, known for its soaring mountains and untouched landscapes.

Begin your journey in Christchurch at the classic Clearwater Golf Club and continue on to the golf haven, Queenstown, where you can visit an impressive line-up of courses including Jack's Point, Millbrook and The Hills.

Day 1: Clearwater Golf Club

Christchurch - Canterbury
Playing at Clearwater, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Clearwater Golf Club

Christchurch - Canterbury

CHRISTCHURCH - CANTERBURY

From the ocean to the Alps.

Highlights

  • Picturesque Clearwater golf course
  • Christchurch Botanical gardens
  • Punting on the Avon River

CLEARWATER GOLF COURSE

A venue for international professional golf for 13 consecutive years.

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Fly into picturesque Christchurch, a travel hub in the South Island. Set aside a few hours or a day to play Clearwater Golf Club, a short drive from the airport. The championship course has played host to a number of professional events on the PGA tour, Australasian PGA Tour, and Ladies European Tour. Designed by John Darby in consultation with New Zealand golfing legend Sir Bob Charles, you'll be starting your trip in style.

Christchurch City is the perfect mix of old and new, where urban regeneration and innovation mixes with heritage and culture. Visit the green heart of the Garden City, the Botanic Gardens or go punting along the Avon River

Day 2: Christchurch to Queenstown

Queenstown
View over Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

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Queenstown

QUEENSTOWN

Home of two New Zealand marquee golf courses.

Highlights

  • World ranked courses & spectacular views
  • Winery tours & hot pools
  • Stunning walking and hiking trails

Proximity

Start your day with a short flight from Christchurch to Queenstown. Enjoy sweeping views of mosaic farms and the Southern Alps. As you approach Queenstown you'll fly over several of the golf courses that have transformed the area into a golf haven.

Take the day to do something adventurous or sample delicious food and wine over lunch. There's so much to see and do in Queenstown.

Day 3: Spend the day at Jack's Point

Queenstown
Jack's Point, Queenstown, Queenstown

By Peak Golf Queenstown

Highlights

  • John Darby designed course
  • Dramatic rocky outcrops and steep bluffs
  • Stunning alpine backdrop

Proximity

  • By car: 20 min | 16 km  to Jack's Point
  • By bus: 55 min | by Otago Transport

JACK'S POINT GOLF COURSE

World-class golf course backdropped by the Remarkables Mountain range.

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Spend the day at Jack's Point, a breathtaking golf course set in a glacial valley. Designed with minimal earth moment, you'll experience amazing views of The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu.

The fairways navigate dramatic outcrops of alpine rock and matagouri scrub. A visit to the expertly designed clubhouse will top off your day.

Day 4: Spend a day at The Hills

Queenstown
The Hills, Queenstown

By Graeme Murray

Highlights

  • Stunning outdoor sculptures
  • Waterways and wetlands
  • Nearby heritage Arrowtown

Proximity

  • By car: 20 min | 20 km to The Hills
  • By bus: 1 h 10 min | by Otago Transport

The Hills Golf Club

New Zealand's most exclusive golf club.

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Travel a short distance from Queenstown to Arrowtown to play The Hills course. The vision of owner Sir Michael Hill has ensured The Hills stands out from the rest with its challenging holes and impressive sculptures. These are complemented by various lakes, waterways and wetland areas. 

Established during the Otago gold rush, Arrowtown is a picturesque settlement with tree-lined streets of restored cottages and gold mining sites. A definite must-see if you're in the area.

Day 5: Spend the day at Millbrook Resort

Queenstown
Millbrook Resort, Queenstown

By Graeme Murray

Highlights

  • Greg Turner designed coronet nine
  • Three interchangeable nines
  • Full spa service

Proximity

  • By car: 20 min | 19 km to Millbrook Resort
  • By bus: 1 h | by Otago Transport

MILLBROOK RESORT

One of the most scenic golf courses in the world.

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Spend the day at Millbrook Golf Course near Queenstown. Located in a natural alpine environment set against a backdrop of mountains, it's an incredible location.

The immaculate fairways navigate natural hazards including tussock, streams, schist stone and trees. The 27 holes offer a variety of playing options and a full-service spa and lush accommodation are just a short stroll away.

Day 6: Explore Queenstown

Queenstown
Onsen Hotpools, Queenstown

By Queenstown RTO

Highlights

  • Hot pools and spas
  • Delicious food, and winery tours
  • Adrenalin-pumping activities

Proximity

  • By car: Visit the local iSITE for day trips and tours

TOP EXPERIENCES IN QUEENSTOWN

Explore wineries, epic film locations, adventure activities or relax at a spa.

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There's so much to see and do in Queenstown, it's hard to know where to start. Take a trip up the Skyline Gondola for epic views (and maybe a ride on the Luge), or go for a stroll around picturesque Lake Wakatipu. Taste exquisite wine over lunch at a local vineyard and don't miss the wine cave tour at Gibbston Valley Winery.

If you're feeling adventurous, why not give bungy-jumping or jet boating a go? Finish the day off with a soak under the stars in the hot pools.

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