15 DAY NORTH ISLAND
Top of the range North Island Tour with Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers.
PREMIER GOLF TOUR ITINERARY
"We learned about Golf New Zealand through the internet, as we were looking for someone to arrange a golf tour of the North Island of New Zealand. All arrangements were done by e-mail from British Columbia, Canada. James and his team organized a wonderful trip, that took care of the smallest details to ensure that we had two weeks of worry free travel. Great courses, great accommodation throughout."
Robert Fairweather, British Colombia, Canada
DAY 1 ARRIVE AUCKLAND
On arrival at Auckland International Airport you will pick up your reserved hire car from Thrifty Car rental. After rental formalities are complete you drive to the Auckland downtown area for your first nights accommodation at the Quest Parnell Suites.
DAY 2 AUCKLAND / BAY OF ISLANDS
Today's drive takes you North over the Auckland Harbour Bridge en route to the beautiful Bay of Islands. At 1.30pm 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. The colourful holiday resort of Paihia is your base for the next 2 nights. Accommodation is at the primely located Waterfront Suites on the Paihia waterfront.
DAY 3 GOLF AT KAURI CLIFFS
Today's round of golf is at the incomparable Kauri Cliffs. When American owner Julian Robertson decided to make a golf course he could be proud of, he did just that. He commissioned the David Harmon Team from Florida USA for the design and has conceived what we believe is one of the most spectacular and brilliant golf courses you will ever play. It has just been rated no. 18 in the world in golf course rankings. All this makes a day of golf you will never forget.
DAY 4 BAY OF ISLANDS / GOLF AT GULF HARBOUR
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 in a motorised cart. 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. It will host the New Zealand Open for the next 3 years.
TOUR BONUS* OVERNIGHT GULF HARBOUR LODGE
Complimetary upgrade to Premier Room at Gulf Harbour Lodge, normally in our Deluxe range of accommodation.
DAY 5 GULF HARBOUR/ LAKES RESORT PAUANUI
Today after a leisurely departure time you travel further South through Auckland and on to Coromandel Peninsula an area of beautiful unspoilt scenery. Here you will be staying at the new Lakes Resort for the next 2 nights in one of the Deluxe Villas.
DAY 6 GOLF AT THE LAKES RESORT
The Lakes Resort has recently opened to rave reviews. Canadian design team Sid Puddlecombe and Associates oversaw design and construction here of this great new layout. The setting is in an unspoilt wetlands area in a valley that is bordered by forest and abundant in local wildlife.
DAY 7 PAUANUI/ ROTORUA
Your drive this morning takes you down the east coast through Tauranga and onto Rotorua, New Zealand's Geo Thermal capital. This afternoon there will be some time for some sightseeing. 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.
TOUR BONUS* AUTHENTIC TRADITIONAL HANGI AND CONCERT
Tonights dinner and concert is at the Tamaki Maori Village. This cultural feast was recently rated the no.1 Tourist attraction in New Zealand. It is fantastic. The next 2 nights accommodation is at the new Quest Suites Central Rotorus.
DAY 8 GOLF AT ROTORUA GOLF CLUB
Todays 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.
DAY 9 ROTORUA/ NAPIER
Today you head back out to the east coast to the Hawkes Bay area and Napier, where you will be staying at the Deco City Motor Lodge for the next 2 nights. Napier is known for its Art Deco architecture and the area is also one of New Zealand 's premier wine growing districts.
DAY 10 GOLF AT CAPE KIDNAPPERS
The sister course to the already world rated Kauri Cliffs is the second remarkable golf course development taken on by American billionaire Julian Robertson. World renowned course designer Tom Doak was employed to get the most out of this amazing undulating land and its mind blowing views and position. Completed in 2004, this spectacular New Zealand golf course has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf. Cape Kidnappers golf course is currently ranked the 41st best golf course in the world by US Golf Magazine.
DAY 11 NAPIER/ TAUPO
A leisurely departure this morning will have you in Taupo by early afternoon. There will be some tome to look around and do some sightseeing at New Zealand 's largest fresh water lake.
DAY 12 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 Resort or try some fishing or cruising on Lake Taupo.
DAY 13 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 2 nights you stay back at the Quest Suites Parnell.
DAY 14 GOLF AT MURIWAI LINKS
This morning's round of golf is out on the rugged West Coast at Muriwai Links Golf Club. A scenic 45 minute drive will take you out to this hidden gem and its stunning coastline position. The layout features very large undulating greens that are always in great condition and fairways dotted with black sand pot bunkers giving the course a real British Open look.
After golf you can relax in the friendly clubhouse or take a quick drive up to the road to view the amazingly beautiful and famous gannet colony at the top of the headland.
DAY 15 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 amazing golf courses in this scenic country.
Included in the Tour are,
- 14 nights accommodation at the level of your choice, twin share.
- 7 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 + $AUD140
- Motorised carts included [twin share] at Gulf Harbour, Lakes Resort, and Wairakei. Carts available at all other courses
- Great sightseeing including award winning Maori Hangi and Concert and famous Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock" cruise
- Non golfing partner reduction - $AUD1490
QUALITY ACCOMMODATION [ 3 to 4 star]
Quest Suites Parnell Studio room Auckland
Seaspray Suites Paihia
Gulf Harbour Lodge [upgrade at Gulf Harbour ]
Lakes Resort Villas Pauanui
Quest Suites Rotorua Studio room [Rotorua]
Quest Napier Studio room Napier
Wairakei Resort Deluxe room Taupo
This tour is $AUD 4949.00 per person twin share
DELUXE ACCOMMODATION [ 4 to 5 star]
Quest Suites Parnell 1 Bedroom suite Auckland
The Waterfront Suites Paihia
Gulf Harbour Lodge Gulf Harbour
Lakes Resort Villas Pauanui
Quest Suites Rotorua Central 1 Bedroom suite Rotorua
Quest Suites Napier 1 Bedrrom Suite Napier
Wairakei Resort Executive Room Taupo
This tour is $AUD 5149.00
per person twin share