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GOLF IN NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand Deluxe

  
Selfdrive Golftour in the North and the South Island, giving you a exquisite holiday in 17 days - a bit different from the usual.  Since here in New Zealand, the islands of contrast at the most beautiful part of the world, everything is a bit different. 

Day 1

You are welcomed at Auckland Airport by your guide and accompanied to the hotel.  Sight-seeing tour through the city of Auckland, including a trip to the extinct volcanic cone of Mt Eden and the "Kelly Tarlton Underwater World".  Walking right through the middle of this aquarium you will be surrounded by Sharks, Stingrays and Moray Eels. 

ACC: Westin Hotel – Superior Room
Dinner at accommodation

Day 2

After a hearty breakfast you travel to Northland, via the Whangaparoa peninsula, 40 minutes north of Auckland.  At this place the Gulf Harbour Country Club (6400 m, par 72) opened its gates at the end of 1997 for exclusive golfing.  This was the venue of the WORLD CUP OF GOLF 1998, hosting the world's best golfers.  The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., one of the most famous golf course designers. After a game at this greens we drive on towards the Bay of Islands.

ACC: Carrington resort – Lodge Room
Breakfast and Dinner at accommodation

Dress Code at Golf Harbour

 

Day 3

Enjoy waking up to the sound of birds on this beautiful property. With great views and being  located in one of the best spots this lodge has everything to offer. Not just for the discerning Golfer but to any traveller wanting to experience luxury at its best.

After a great breakfast head out to the golf course and enjoy the perfect yet challenging lay-out of the greens.

The afternoon is free for your own use.

ACC: Carrington resort – Lodge Room
Breakfast and Dinner at accommodation

Day 4

Another day in paradise. For the enthusiastic golfer a second game of golf perhaps? (not included) or explore the surrounding area with a trip to Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach. (Daytrip - not included)
(Your guide will have a rest day today)

ACC: Carrington Resort – Lodge Room
Breakfast and Dinner at accommodation

Day 5

Today you travel to the western shores of Northland and you undertake a short walk in the rain forest to the mighty Kauri trees of Waipoua. The Kauris are up to 2000 years old and only a few have survived the years of logging.  Visit the Museum of Matakohe (Settler's era and Kauri exhibition). In the late afternoon we arrive back in Auckland.

ACC: Formosa Country Club – Golf package   
Breakfast and Dinner at accommodation

Day 6

After breakfast tee off at the Formosa Golf Club for a relaxing game before carrying on to Rotorua, the North Island’s most famous destination for overseas visitors and an important cultural centre. Visitors soon adapt to the distinctive sulphur smell, which escapes through many vents from the underground thermal region. Geysers, steaming lakes and streams, mud pools plopping and bubbling, multicoloured silica terraces and hot mineral pools known for their curative properties. We will have a closer look at these natural wonders and visit “Whakarewarewa Thermal Park”, renown for its boiling mud volcanoes and geysers that will make you sense the Pulse of the Earth.  In Rainbow Springs you will see the "night house" of New Zealand's national animal, the flightless Kiwi bird.

ACC: Kawaha Point Lodge – DLX Room DBB   
Breakfast and Dinner at accommodation

Day 7

We spend the entire day in Rotorua, with extensive commitment to golfing.  In the afternoon we will play at the Arikikapakapa Golf Course, unique in the world since all-over the course you find “hot-spots” creating natural hazards. When you loose your ball here it for sure stays lost.  The golfer can expect a truly unusual style of game here.  The remainder of the day is for your free disposal. You might want to relax at Wai Ora Spa or experience the adventure of a helicopter landing in an active Volcano. (Highly recommended – not included)

Arikikapakapa can be exchanged with the Wairaka International Golf Course if requested.

ACC: Kawaha Point Lodge – DLX Room DBB
Breakfast at accommodation

Day 8

Heading east on SH5 you reach Napier, a showcase of Art Nouveau buildings surrounded by vineyards. Some of the best New Zealand’s wine comes from here and the Wineries invite the discerning traveller to sample their wares and try some of the local food delicacies. With many artisan food shops the taste buds of all visitors are catered for.

Acc: The Crown Hotel – Napier
Dinner NOT included
Breakfast at accommodation

Day 9

Try your hand at a round of golf on a course that has been declared the top in the world for 2009. Cape Kidnappers is a golf course that needs to be experienced. Sweeping greens and a view that seems to go on forever. Relax afterwards at the lodge or head over to the vineyards close by and try the some of the local wine. Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony is close-by and well worth a visit. (optional)

Acc: The Crown Hotel – Napier
Breakfast at accommodation, Dinner NOT included

Day 10

Today you will drive to Napier where you board your plane to the South Island and in particular Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. Enclosed by steep mountains this city has to offer every visitor something.

Acc: Grand Mercure St Moritz
Breakfast at accommodation, Dinner NOT included

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Day 11

Enjoy a relaxing day in Queenstown. We suggest a Trip out to the quaint little town of Arrowtown that has kept its old world charm. The drive to the pleasant countryside invites you to stop at the many vineyards that are dotting the landscape. With award wining wines and delectable food offerings the wary traveller is drawn in to sit and enjoy the atmosphere of the wine cellars.

Acc: Grand Mercure St Moritz
Breakfast at accommodation, Dinner NOT included

Day 12

Having had a relaxing day yesterday, we have booked for you a 4WD into Skippers Canyon or Macetown. (Optional)
You are being taken by 4WD to the far out-back and experience Mother Nature just like the first settlers seen it when arriving in this part of New Zealand. (Your driver has its legal rest day today)

Acc: Grand Mercure St Moritz
Breakfast at accommodation, Dinner NOT included

Day 13

A golfing delight on the luxury golf resort of Millbrook Resort (6400, par 72m) that was designed by Bob Charles.  The course is located in a fascinating alpine environment, surrounded by mountains.

After a relaxing game, you head south direction Te Anau. In the late afternoon you reach Te Anau, the hub for sightseeing activities in the region, nestled on the tranquil shores of Lake Te Anau. Boat cruise across the lake to see the Glow-worm grotto (optional)

ACC: Fiordland Lodge
Breakfast and Dinner at accommodation

Day 14

To be the highlight of your trip to New Zealand, we take you on a day of incredible sights to the renown Milford Sound, part of Fiordland.
Fiordland is one of the largest National Parks in the world and a World Heritage area. Here the power of nature stuns the enthralled visitor - from its waterfalls tumbling hundred of metres into virgin, forested valleys and lonely fiords, to endless stretches of shimmering lakes and granite peaks.
From Te Anau the road to Milford Sound winds down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys then through the Homer Tunnel to be met by Mitre Peak towering from the glassy waters of Milford Sound. Milford Sound is the most famous and accessible of the fiords.
We board the ship, where we will really get an opportunity to see the sights, spot the seals and dolphins, fish the depths and generally soak up the beauty. Lunch on board the vessel.

After the end of the tour you head over to the East Coast of the South Island. Dunedin, founded by Scottish emigrants has not lost the charm of yesteryear.

ACC: Fletcher Lodge
Breakfast  at accommodation

Day 15

A game of Golf starts of your day. Founded in 1905 St. Clair Golf Club is part of a rich history of Golf in NZ. After a good game of golf, head over to Otago Peninsula to find gigantic Albatrosses rearing their young. A short distance away you can see eye to eye with the endangered yellow-eyed penguin.

ACC: Fletcher Lodge
Breakfast  at accommodation

Day 16

Heading north your trip takes you past the famous Moeraki Boulders. This unique structures can be found along the beach looking like giant marbles. A stroll on the beach will astound the visitor, while giving him a chance to stretch his legs.

Onwards the road leads north to Christchurch. Our last stop on this tour is Clearwater Resort, a short drive outside Christchurch. The 188 ha (465 acre) resort, with luxury hotel and stunning views of lakes and mountains, is not just for championship golfers.

ACC: Clearwater Resort
Breakfast and Dinner at accommodation

Tag 17

Today is the last day of your tour through NZ. We have booked tee-off at Clearwater Resort for you. Enjoy a game on this magnificent golf course.

Rest of day at leisure. We suggest a drive into this beautiful city for a stroll through Mona Vale Gardens, or a visit to the new Art Gallery.

ACC: Clearwater Resort
Breakfast and Dinner at accommodation

Tag 18

Drive to the airport.
Check-in for your flight

 

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