14 Day North Island of New Zealand Golf Trail
Play 8 rounds of world-class golf on this 14-day North Island Golf Trail
Discover why the North Island of New Zealand is such a popular location for the avid golf traveller. We have golf courses designed by some of the greatest legends - Robert Trent Jones Jnr, Jack Nicklaus, Peter Thomson, Tom Doak and Sir Bob Charles to name a few. Stay great hotels in Auckland, Bay of Islands, Taupo, Napier and Wellington. Play 8 rounds of championship golf and enjoy a taste of NZ's top tourist attractions such as the stunning Waiheke Island, Hole in the Rock Bay of Islands Cruise, Hobbiton from Lord of the Rings, Waitomo Glow Worm Caves and enjoy the best wineries of the Hawkes Bay region!
PaR nz Golfing Holidays offers competitive golf holiday packages for a North Island Trail as well as around New Zealand, just ask us for a quote.
Our 14-day / 8 golf North Island Golf Trail golf package includes
- Day 1: Arrive into Auckland International Airport
- Day 2: Play golf at Titirangi GC
- Day 3: Play golf at Gulf Harbour CC. Drive to the Bay of Islands and stay for 3 nights
- Day 4: Day at leisure to explore. Options include Hole in the Rock dolphin cruise
- Day 5: Play golf at Kauri Cliffs Resort
- Day 6: Morning at leisure to explore the Waitangi Treaty grounds. Fly from the Bay of Islands to Taupo and stay 3 nights
- Day 7: Play golf at The Kinloch Club
- Day 8: Play golf at Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary.
- Day 9: Play golf at Cape Kidnappers Resort. Stay in Napier for 2 nights
- Day 10: Day at leisure to explore Hawke’s Bay
- Day 11: Drive Hawkes Bay to Wellington (approx. 4 hour drive). Check into Wellington Hotel staying 3 nights
- Day 12: Play golf at Royal Wellington GC
- Day 13: Play golf at Paraparaumu GC
- Day 14: Transfer to Wellington Airport for international connection home
Options to play other courses in the surrounding area or add-on a visit to Wellington or the South Island of New Zealand.
On our 14 day Golf Trail around the North Island play 8 rounds of championship golf
Titirangi Golf Club
Designed by great British golf course architect Dr Alister MacKenzie in 1927, Titirangi sits alongside some of MacKenzie's best work, including Augusta National in Georgia, Cypress Point in California, and Royal Melbourne in Victoria. It is notable for its sensitivity to the original, undulating bush-clad landscape and for its four signature 'round the compass' par-3 holes.
Titirangi hosted the New Zealand Open in 1933, 1951 and 1962 and has long been established as one of New Zealand's finest courses. The club has established reciprocal arrangements with clubs in New Zealand, Australia and England and, as it is only a 20-minute drive from central Auckland, it remains a favourite for golfers of all levels and nationalities.
Gulf Harbour Country Club
Gulf Harbour is the home club of New Zealand's top woman golfer Lydia Ko, the youngest winner in the history of the LPGA and Ladies European Tour events. Like Ko, Gulf Harbour started young. It hosted its first international tournament, the 1998 World Cup of Golf, only a year after it was completed. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, Gulf Harbour proved to be a lucky course for the winning English team of Nick Faldo and David Carter as well as top individual player, Scott Verplank. The 16th hole, (pictured) known as 'te moko', left a strong impression on World Cup field. A single bunker protects the green, from which players can savour the 270-degree sea views.
The course helped forge New Zealand's international golf profile when it hosted the 2005 New Zealand Open, the first time the event was co-sanctioned with the European Tour to attract top international players. The Open went back to Gulf Harbour in 2006.
A member-owned club since 2008, the country club is considered one of New Zealand's finest – having made Golf Digest's lists for top 100 courses outside the United States as well as the top five in New Zealand.
Its coastal location less than an hour's drive north from Auckland's CBD draws local players as well as international visitors itching to experience a golf course designed by one of the world's master golf course architects.
Kauri Cliffs Golf Resort
Designed and built by the late David Harman, one of the United States' prominent golf course architects, Kauri Cliffs is high on discerning international travellers' must-visit lists.
About four hours by car north of Auckland, in New Zealand's Northland region, this par-72 championship golf course is characterised by dramatic cliff-top views of the Pacific Ocean, a multi-award winning lodge, and its setting among 1600 hectares of picturesque farmland. It is ranked 74th in Golf Magazine's World Top 100 golf courses in the world and is 'elder sister' to another world-class course, Cape Kidnappers, near Napier.
Kauri Cliffs opened in 2001 and was the scene for a memorable match between Michael Campbell and Fred Couples in the 2003 Shell's Wonderful World of Golf. It co-hosted the 2008 and 2009 Kiwi Challenge, featuring top PGA Tour players aged under 30. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is frequently acclaimed as one of the world's best luxury hotel and resorts.
Kinloch Golf Club
Ranked the Number 1 golf course in New Zealand - Kinloch, on the shores of Lake Taupo, is the only course in New Zealand designed by 'The Golden Bear' Jack Nicklaus – and it is one of his favourite 25 signature courses.
The course received international accolades when it opened in 2007, earning the top spot on US Travel and Leisure Golf Magazine's rankings of new golf courses that year – the only one outside North America to be included in the top 10. Along with fellow New Zealand courses Cape Kidnappers, Kauri Cliffs and Paraparaumu Golf Club, Kinloch is included in Golf Digest's latest top 100 courses outside of the United States.
Nicklaus, a keen fly-fisherman, was familiar with the Taupo area because he had fished there many times. In his opinion, Kinloch has the views and contours needed for a great golf course.
Former British Open champion Sir Bob Charles likened the links layout to that of traditional coastal courses in Scotland.
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Wairakei International Golf & Sanctuary
Located on the Wairakei Geothermal Park, this public golf course was created by British golf course architect Commander John Harris, Australian five-time British Open winner Peter Thomson and his former golf course design partner, US Tour player Mike Wolveridge. Both architects reworked the design in the late 1990s to bring it more into line with their original concept, adding bunkers, water hazards and even waterfalls.
When Wairakei opened in 1970, it was hailed as New Zealand's first championship course but really hit its straps in 1996 when Golf Digest rated it among the top courses outside the United States. Still up there with the best, New Zealand Golf voted it the country's number one course in 2010.
Situated within a sanctuary, the tranquil surroundings of forests and stream-fed lakes contrast with the mental and physical challenges for the golfer. The Taupo area, on the North Island's central volcanic plateau, is a tourist hub well-known for its ski resorts, trout fishing, geothermal activity, multi-sport events, walking/biking trails and dramatic mountain scenery.
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Cape Kidnappers Golf Resort
Tom Doak, of Renaissance Golf Design, designed this spectacular par 71, 18-hole links-style golf course near Napier, on the east coast of the North Island. It opened in 2004 and has been ranked by Golf Magazine as the number 41 best golf course in the world.
In 2008 and 2009, it co-hosted the Kiwi Challenge with its sister course, Kauri Cliffs in Northland.
Cape Kidnappers is located in one of New Zealand's premier food and wine regions and it is telling that Condé Nast Traveler rated its luxurious accommodation as having the best food in Australasia and the South Pacific – and included it in its prestigious 2012 Gold List. Luxury Travel Magazine Australia described Cape Kidnappers as the Best Overseas Golf Resort in its 2013 Gold List, recognising the exquisite range of luxury accommodation and facilities.
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America awarded Cape Kidnappers the International Environmental Leaders in Golf Award in March 2012, two years after becoming the first New Zealand golf course to become a certified member of the Audubon Co-operative Sanctuary Program for Golf, which aims to protect natural areas and wildlife habitats provided by golf courses.
Nearby to the course is the world's largest and most accessible mainland gannet colony – home to 6,500 pairs of Australasian gannets, or takapu. The birds, members of the booby family, have nested at Cape Kidnappers since the 1870's and are now very much at home along the Cape's towering cliffs.
Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, Wellington
With a CCR of 72.40 and slope index of 125 off the black tees it is regarded by many as one of the greatest links courses in the southern hemisphere. The course was designed in 1949 by former Australian Open champion Alex Russell, the highly acclaimed course architect and onetime partner of Dr Alastair Mackenzie, the world renowned course architect and has been widely acclaimed over the years.
Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club is a world renowned layout on the undulating dune land of the Kapiti Coast. Located just a 45 minute drive from New Zealand's Capital City, Wellington, the course has hosted the New Zealand Open 12 times. A record unsurpassed by any other course. In 2002 it hosted the world’s number 1 golfer, Tiger Woods.
Royal Wellington Golf Club
A newly designed (2013), Turner MacPherson championship course in a stunning parkland setting, arguably one of the finest club courses and club house in New Zealand. Royal Wellington off the black tees has a NZCR of 75.5 and slope of index of 131.
The renovated course is, arguably, New Zealand's finest private members parkland course and certainly one of its most beautiful. Sited on an ancient river bed it weaves its way over crumpled ground through cultivated parkland hosting thousands of mature native and exotic trees. Birdlife is abundant. Water in the form of several creeks and a large lake are all in play and present a true challenge for the adventurers and the unwary. Undulating greens complexes provide further challenge.
Royal Wellington is a true test of golf and the most beautiful walk in the park
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