The Great New Zealand Golf Tour

10 DAYS

2099 km

Highlights

  • World-ranked courses
  • Breathtaking locations
  • Accessible

Proximity

CAR-FREE TRAVEL OPTIONS

This route includes two domestic flights

Experience the very best of New Zealand golf on these world-ranked courses, set in breathtaking locations. In the North Island play the clifftop courses of Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs. Visit the Jack Nicklaus signature course, Kinloch Club, and the must-play Wairakei course.

Continue your ultimate golf journey in the South Island at the expertly-designed courses of The Hills and Jack's Point.

Day 1 - 2: Auckland to Bay of Islands

Northland & Bay of Islands
golf New Zealand, Northland & Bay of Islands

By Fraser Clements

Northland & Bay of Islands

NORTHLAND

A place of history, long beaches and giant trees.

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KAURI CLIFFS GOLF COURSE

Ranked as one of world's top 100 golf courses.

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Heading north from Auckland, travel through rolling hills past sea landscapes to semi-tropical Northland. On the east coast of Northland in Matauri Bay, you will find Kauri Cliffs luxury lodge and golf course. Perched on a clifftop with incredible views, it has been called "Pebble Beach on steroids".

Nearby, laidback Paihia and Kerikeri are also worth exploring. The charming towns offer a wide choice of accommodation, delicious dining options and plenty to do.

Take a boat ride to explore the 144 islands that make up the Bay of Islands, or hop on a scenic flight to marvel at the spectacular scenery from above.

Day 3: Bay of Islands to Auckland

Auckland
Titirangi Golf Course, Auckland

By Titirangi Golf Club

Auckland

AUCKLAND

Vibrant city style and spectacular landscapes.

Highlights

  • Marquee golf courses
  • New Zealand's largest kauri tree
  • Food and wine culture

TITIRANGI GOLF CLUB

A world-class golf course situated in a beautiful bushland setting

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Start your day by travelling south back to Auckland. Take the west coast route and stretch your legs in Waipoua Forest to see Tane Mahuta, New Zealand's largest kauri tree. Along with towering trees, Waipoua is also home to spellbinding Maori legends and rare birds.

Once back in Auckland, play a round of golf in Titirangi Golf Club, New Zealand’s only Alister MacKenzie-designed golf course, founded in 1909. MacKenzie is known for his sensitivity to the nature of the original site.

Auckland has a massive food culture and good restaurants can be found in Ponsonby, Federal Street, Britomart and Wynyard Quarter.

Day 4 - 5: Auckland to Taupo

Lake Taupo
Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary, Lake Taupo

By Gary Lisbon

Lake Taupo

TAUPO

Home to Australasia's largest lake.

Highlights

  • Wairakei Golf Course & Kinloch Club
  • Maori culture
  • Geothermal attractions

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After travelling through the rolling dairy country of the Waikato, spend the day playing the Wairakei Golf Course, known for its natural surroundings of native birds and bush. 

Next, travel a short distance from Taupo to the picturesque Kinloch. Play a round at the Jack Nicklaus designed Kinloch Club. The links-style course spans across volcanic terrain and includes challenging green complexes.

In your downtime, take a boat ride to see the Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, or soak in the geothermal waters of Wairakei Terraces

Day 6: Taupo to Napier

Hawke's Bay
Cape Kidnappers Sunrise, Hawke's Bay

By Cape Kidnappers

Hawke's Bay

HAWKE'S BAY

Wineries, fresh produce and Art Deco design

Proximity

CAPE KIDNAPPERS GOLF COURSE

Stunning clifftop course, ranked 16th in the world.

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When you're ready, take a road trip to Napier, our Art Deco city. The Hawke's Bay region is a gem of the North Island thanks to its award-winning wines, warm weather and charming, orchard-lined roads.

Visit the stunning Cape Kidnappers, ranked no. 16 in the world. The sea views will astound, particularly on the 15th hole, where you will play 243 metres above the ocean with perilous drops on both sides.

To experience the glamour and style of the jazz era, take an Art Deco Vintage Car Tour around the city before grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants. Be sure to try a drop of the local pinot gris or syrah.

Day 7: Napier to Wellington

Wellington
Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, Wellington

By Graeme Murray

Wellington

WELLINGTON

Mix of culture, history, nature and cuisine

Highlights

  • Paraparaumu Beach Golf Course
  • Royal Wellington Golf Club
  • Museums and eateries

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Next stop is Wellington, the world's "coolest little capital", according to Lonely Planet.  Where nature meets culture, and creativity meets cuisine, there's plenty to see and do, including the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa

To get some golf in, head to Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, considered by many to be the spiritual home of New Zealand golf. For somewhere closer to the city, try the Royal Wellington Golf Club, the first golf club in the country to receive royal status.

Day 8 - 10: Wellington to Queenstown

Queenstown
The Hills, Queenstown

By Graeme Murray

Queenstown

QUEENSTOWN

Home of two New Zealand marquee golf courses.

Highlights

  • The Hills, Jack's Point & Millbrook
  • Delicious food, and winery tours
  • Adventure capital

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Jump on a flight from Wellington to Queenstown where the flight alone promises dramatic views of the Southern Alps. Known for its vibrant town, you won't struggle to find exquisite food and wine in Queenstown. If you want to venture further than the centre, visit a vineyard or push your limits with an adventure activity. There's no shortage of things to do here.

Jack's Point, an area with a ski resort feel, boasts a golf course set against a stunning backdrop of The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu. Or travel the short distance to Arrowtown and play The Hills course, a standout with challenging holes and impressive sculptures. 

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