14 Day New Zealand Golf Itinerary
Travel from North to South, experiencing New Zealand's most exclusive golf courses. Our 14 day itinerary is the luxury golf vacation of a lifetime.
Welcome to New Zealand! Upon arrival at Auckland International Airport, you will fly by private heli to Kauri Cliffs Lodge in the Bay of Islands. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, opulent and luxurious and with three private beaches, is the ultimate seaside haven. Nestled into the hillside overlooking luscious farmland, the golf course and ocean, Kauri Cliffs’ Suites are thoughtfully-designed rooms with open fireplaces, east-facing balconies, king-sized beds and elegant bathrooms with twin vanities. Located down a meandering path away from the lodge and with attention to detail that is second to none, you’ll feel immediately at home in these classic and refined rooms. Upon arrival at the lodge, indulge in some R&R in the luxurious spa.
Time to tee-off at Kauri Cliffs. Following breakfast, it’s time to hit the green on the first course of your New Zealand golf tour. Kauri Cliffs was designed and built by David Harman of Golf Course Consultants, Orlando, Florida. The par 72 championship golf course measures 7,119 yards / 6,510 meters and offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level. The beautiful inland holes wind through marsh, forest and farmland. Kauri Cliffs is currently ranked #39 in the world by Golf Digest Top 100 Greatest Golf Courses in the World.
Explore Keri Keri. After a leisurely morning with breakfast included, enjoy a private wine tasting, sampling some of the Bay of Islands and New Zealand's finest wines. Finish your day with a leisurely self guided walk on the Rainbow Falls Track. This short walk will take you to three viewing platforms overlooking the falls. You may hear tui call, and see fantails flitting about while you walk. Puriri, totara, karaka, and manuka also shelter on the path to the viewing platforms. The evening is yours to enjoy.
From paradise to a geothermal land. Fly from Keri Keri Airport to Taupo. Here you will be transferred by road to your accommodation – the famous Huka Lodge. True retreats in every sense, the Owners Cottage or Junior Lodge Suites at Huka Lodge each open onto the Waikato River and are designed to offer personalized luxury and a harmonious flow with the spectacular natural landscape outside. Designed to welcome the natural beauty of the landscape inside, the open-plan lounge offers guests a serene place to contemplate the ever-changing waterway, with French doors opening onto outdoor terraces and rolling green lawns. Guests are spellbound by views of the deep, hypnotic waters of the Waikato River beyond.
Tee-off in Taupo at Kinloch Golf Course. A top 100 golf course, the Kinloch Club is a Championship inland links style Jack Nicklaus signature design. Measuring 6519 yards off the white tees, and 7363 yards off the Championship tees, Kinloch offers an exceptional golfing experience. A must-play on any golf vacation itinerary for visitors to New Zealand, Kinloch is a world-class championship design from top golf course architect Jack Nicklaus (18 times Major winner).
Explore the geothermal land of Rotorua with a privately guided day. Your local private guide will collect you from your lodge in the morning to head to Te Puia. Te Puia showcases the famous Rotorua mud pools and over 500 geothermal wonders, including Pohutu Geyser which is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest active geyser. Te Puia is also the home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute where you can see traditional Maori carving and weaving performed before your eyes. There is also a model Pre-European Maori Village and sacred Marae giving you a rare glimpse of how Maori people lived prior to European settlement. This day includes private return transfers in a premium vehicle, Professional Trip Leader guide, Casual Dining Lunch, Forest Concessions for optional local walks. The evening will be yours to enjoy at leisure.
Take to the world-renowned Hills Golf Course in neighboring Arrowtown. Sir Michael Hill's private golf course in Arrowtown was designed by Darby Partners and opened in 2007 to host The New Zealand Open. Set over 500 acres of land across a glacial valley. The Hills is home to an incredible array of flora including native brown top grasses and wild native mountain tussocks. Sculptures crafted by New Zealand artists compliment the natural beauty of the course's lakes, waterways and wetland areas. The 6596-meter par 72 championship course features numerous elevated tees offering players an excellent view of the challenge ahead and 360-degree views of spectacular snow-capped mountain scenery. There are no parallel fairways and no two holes alike.
Lift off from the Over the Top departure lounge for a spectacular and exclusive helicopter flight over alps and glacial lakes before descending into Milford Sound, the first of fourteen fiords, or into the heart of Fiordland, Dusky Sound in the South West corner of the South Island of New Zealand. Wind your way up or down the remote and rugged coastline of the Tasman Sea depending on what fiord you have chosen. Discover the Fiords and beaches accessible only by helicopter.
Queenstown is home to an eclectic array of wine makers - meet the pioneers in their various field. Enjoy a day exploring some of Central Otago’s finest wineries, meeting the makers themselves and of course sampling and sipping as you go. The day will be tailored to your preferences and can include a winery lunch at the globally renowned Amisfield winery.