11 DAY NORTH ISLAND
PANORAMA GOLF TOUR ITINERARY
"Dear New Golf New Zealand - just a quick word to say how much Rita and I enjoyed your golf tour of North Island. The courses were excellent, you organised a great program for us all and we appreciated your attentiveness to the individual needs of the group. We would certainly like to come on your South Island tour soon"
Malcolm Barker, England
Our most popular North Island Self Drive Tour.
DAY 1 ARRIVE AUCKLAND/ BAY OF ISLANDS
On arrival at Auckland International Airport you pick up your reserved hire car from Thrifty Car rental. After rental formalities are complete you drive North over the Auckland Harbour Bridge en route to the beautiful Bay of Islands. The colourful holiday resort of Paihia is your base for the next 3 nights. Accommodation is at the primely located Waterfront Suites on the Paihia waterfront.
DAY 2 GOLF AT WAITANGI GOLF CLUB
This morning’s round of golf is at the scenic Waitangi Golf Club which has spectacular water views from many holes. The club is one of the friendliest in New Zealand and you will enjoy your day here. After golf the afternoon is free to maybe try some of the first class fishing that is available or just relax at the hotel. The ferry ride to historic Russell, which is a nice place for dinner, is relaxing and fun.
DAY 3 BAY OF ISLANDS
At 9.00am you take the famous Cape Brett “Hole in the Rock” cruise from which you can see these beautiful waterways with their many pristine, secluded islands. On this cruise you will normally see dolphins and an abundance or marine life before you visit the Hole in the Rock at the end of the Rakaumangamanga Peninsula. After the cruise the afternoon is free to do some sightseeing in the scenic and relaxing area.
DAY 4 BAY OF ISLANDS / GOLF AT GULF HARBOUR/ AUCKLAND
This morning you head back South towards Auckland via Whangerei and the beautiful Hibiscus Coast. It is here that you stop at the magnificent Gulf Harbour Resort for a round of golf this afternoon. This layout is so highly regarded that it was awarded the 1998 World Cup of Golf only 12 months after opening. The designer, Robert Trent Jones II likens this layout to the illustrious Pebble Beach in California. After golf you head South to downtown Auckland where you will be staying for the next 2 nights. Accommodation is at the well appointed Quest Suites in trendy Parnell.
DAY 5 GOLF AT MURIWAI LINKS
Today’s round of golf is at the excellent Muriwai Links Golf Club. A scenic 45 minute drive from Auckland takes you to the rugged West Coast and this great seaside links layout which has been totally remodelled the last few years. After your round visit the unique gannet colony perched high on the rocks on a headland overlooking the course.
DAY 6 AUCKLAND/ ROTORUA
Today after a leisurely departure time you travel further South through Auckland and on to the amazing Geo Thermal wonderland of Rotorua. This afternoon is free in Rotorua to check out some of the attractions here. The Polynesian Spa is very relaxing and Rainbow Springs and the Agrodome show very entertaining. The local Gondola ride provides panoramic views over the whole area while the lake is great for cruising and fishing. For the very keen golfers consider an optional round of golf this afternoon at the Lakeview Golf Club. Tonight’s accommodation is at the new Quest Rotorua Suites Central
DAY 7 GOLF AT ROTORUA/ TAUPO
Today’s round of golf is at the Rotorua Golf Club course locally known as “Arikikappakappa”. The course has some beautiful new holes as well as 18 recently remade undulating greens. The volcanic nature of the layout and its surroundings make for some hazards well worth avoiding. After golf a 50 minute drive will have you at the excellent Beechtree Suites in Taupo where you will be staying for the next 2 nights.
DAY 8 GOLF AT WAIRAKEI INTERNATIONAL
This morning’s round of golf is at the wonderful Wairakei International Golf course in a motorised cart. Rated in the top 20 Golf courses in the world outside the US by Golf Digest, Wairakei is a course of magnificent natural beauty and charm. Its testing layout which was redesigned by 5 times British Open winner Peter Thompson is also very special. After golf there will be time to relax back at the hotel or have a look around Lake Taupo.
DAY 9 TAUPO/ AUCKLAND
This morning is free to look around beautiful Lake Taupo. You can take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront taking in the fresh air before driving back to Auckland. For the next 3 nights you stay back at the Quest Parnell Suites.
DAY 10 GOLF AT WINDROSS FARM
Windross Farm is a spectacular golf course located only 30 minutes south of the Auckland CBD. Designed by Brett Thomson of RBT Design, with course consultant Phil Tataurangi in 2011, the course is known for its challenging degrees of interest. The par 3’s are designed to play in all directions of the compass while the par 5’s have been designed with the prevailing wind in mind. Apart from the undulating greens, 38 bunkers and minimal tree presence, the major feature of the course is the water in its many forms with four large lakes interlaced with numerous burns (streams) threading their way in and out of impressive, yet imposing, wetland areas.
DAY 11 DEPART AUCKLAND
This morning there may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing. Drop your rental car off to Thrifty full of petrol in preparation for your flight home. You will leave New Zealand with memories of some beautiful golf courses in this scenic country.
Included in the Tour are,
- 10 nights quality accommodation at the level of your choice, twin share.
- 6 rounds of Golf on New Zealand 's best courses.
- Superior Class Car Hire with Thrifty Car rentals with insurance and unlimited km's. Quad share Toyota Tarago [Previa].
- Twin share Toyota Corolla + $AUD110
- Motorised carts included [twin share] at Gulf Harbour, Wairakei and Windross farm. Carts are available at all other courses.
- Great sightseeing including the famous Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock" cruise
- Non golfing partner reduction - $AUD645
QUALITY ACCOMMODATION [ 3 to 4 star]
Seaspray Suites Paihia One Bedroom Deluxe
Quest Suites Parnell Auckland Studio Room
Quest Suites Rotorua Central Studio Room
Quest Taupo Studio Room
This tour is
per person twin share
DELUXE ACCOMMODATION [ 4 to 5 star]
The Waterfront Suites Paihia One Bedroom Suite
Quest Suites Parnell Auckland One Bedroom Suite
Quest Suites Rotorua Central One Bedroom Suite
Beechtree Suites Taupo Deluxe Studio
This tour is
per person twin share