15 Day Golf North & South Island of New Zealand Golf Trail
Travel around New Zealand on a 15-day golf trail playing 7 rounds of world-class golf
Discover why 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 in great hotels in Auckland, Bay of Islands, Taupo, Hawkes Bay and Queenstown. Play 7 rounds of championship golf and enjoy a taste of NZ's top tourist attractions, cultural activities and wine trails
PaR nz Golfing Holidays offers competitive golf holiday packages for a North & South Island Trail as well as around New Zealand, just ask us for a quote.
Our 15-day / 7 golf North & South Island Golf Trail golf package includes
- DAY 1: Arrive Auckland International Airport, stay 2 nights 4-star Spencer on Byron Apartments
- DAY 2: Day at leisure to explore Auckland and the fabulous wineries on Waiheke Island
- DAY 3: Play golf at GULF HARBOUR CC (Robert Trent Jones Jnr designed). Drive north to the Bay of Islands, stay 3 nights 4-star Millennium Hotel
- DAY 4: Hole in the Rock Half Day Boat Cruise
- DAY 5: Play golf at KAURI CLIFFS GOLF RESORT, (David Harman designed)
- DAY 6: Fly south to Taupo, stay 3 nights 4-star Millennium Manuel, Taupo
- DAY 7: Play golf at KINLOCH GOLF COURSE, (Jack Nicklaus designed)
- DAY 8: Maori Cultural Day Tour & Maori Cultural Dinner, Rotorua
- DAY 9: Play golf at WAIRAKEI GOLF & SANCTUARY (John Harris designed). Drive east to the Hawkes Bay, stay 2 nights 4 1/2 star boutique County Hotel, Napier
- DAY 10: Play golf at CAPE KIDNAPPERS GOLF RESORT, (Tom Doak designed). Afternoon wine tour.
- DAY 11: Domestic Flight From Napier to Queenstown. Stay 4 nights 5-star Millbrook Resort
- DAY 12: Play golf at MILLBROOK GOLF RESORT, (Sir Bob Charles & Greg Turner designed)
- DAY 13: Milford Sound Boat Cruise & Mt Nicholas High Country Farm Tour
- DAY 14: Play golf at JACKS POINT GOLF RESORT, Queenstown (John Darby designed)
- DAY 15: Depart New Zealand from Queenstown International Airport
On a 15-day Golf Trail around the North & South Islands play 7 rounds of championship golf
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. Thomson and Wolveridge 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 1870s and are now very much at home along the Cape's towering cliffs.
Millbrook Golf Resort
Co-host (with The Hills) of the 2015 New Zealand Open, Millbrook has distinctive, award-winning style and qualities – not least of which is the awesome sight of The Remarkables mountain range in the background.
Sir Bob Charles designed the first 18 holes of this championship course for its opening in 1993 – with Greg Turner renovating the course and extending it to 27 holes in 2010. Like many courses in New Zealand, it is a mix of parklands and links styles with tussocks, streams, schist stone, trees and buildings forming hazards for the golfer. Set among 200 hectares (500 acres) of natural landscapes and rolling hills, golfers also enjoy views of Lake Hayes.
Millbrook was voted the Leading Golf Resort in Australasia in 2010, 2011, and 2012 at the World Travel Awards as well as the Best Resort in New Zealand for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The five-star resort is less than 30 minutes' drive from the centre of Queenstown, about 20 minutes from the international airport at Frankton, and only two minutes from historic Arrowtown. The Hills is across the road from Millbrook Golf Course.
Jacks Point Golf Club
On the shores of Lake Wakatipu, the 18-hole championship course follows the natural terrain below The Remarkables mountain range, presenting the golfer with tussock grasslands, stone walls and rock outcrops, steep bluffs, and native bush.
John Darby, who also created The Hills, designed Jack's Point. The course was included in the Top 100 Golf Courses of the World list shortly after it opened in 2009. It has a dramatic setting in the Wakatipu basin, and Darby deliberately gave each hole a distinctive perspective and character while being sensitive to the natural landforms.
The clubhouse incorporates design elements, such as trusses made from Southland saleyard timber, that link it to the South Island's rich farming history.
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