Australia New Zealand Golf: Great Golf Courses

This New Zealand Australia golf vacation was designed by a passionate golfer for two passionate golfers from North Carolina, and is a wonderful combination of Australia and New Zealand’s great golf courses. They started in beautiful Tasmania where they golfed both Lost Farm and Barnbougle Dunes.  Tasmania is renowned for its untouched wilderness, pristine coastline, cool climate wines and fresh local produce. The rugged north east coast of Australia’s island state is one of the most ideal places in the world for a links golf course. It’s on this coastal strip, where stark beaches fold into undulating farmlands, that Barnbougle Golf Links has been crafted out of an extraordinary landscape.  From there they flew to Melbourne, so that they could golf at the world famous, Kingston Heath.  Kingston Heath Golf Club is ranked as the number two course in Australia and the 20th best course in the world, Kingston Heath enjoys an enviable reputation for its superb conditioning all year round.  The 18 holes were built on only 125 hectares (most courses in the modern era are built on over 250 hectares), it is perfectly manicured and its bunkering and clever use of dips and hollows visually fools the non observant golfer.  Then the couple traveled to the city of Sails, Auckland, where they golfed at Golf Harbour Country Club Course. Then their New Zealand Australia golf vacation took them to the sunny, warm Bay of Islands in New Zealand for golf and beautiful views at Kauri Cliffs.  And lastly they ended at stunning Cape Kidnappers, which is a bit farther south, for the absolute best golfing in New Zealand in spectacular scenery. Suggested Length: 16 Days

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Suggested Length16 days
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Destinations

Day 1
Cross the ocean to Tasmania. Arrive at the island’s north for a four-night stay at the Lost Farm next to Barnbougle Dunes. Explore Tassie’s magnificent natural attractions including the spectacular Cataract Gorge and beautiful parks and gardens. Stop in at The Pub In The Paddock and explore waterfalls. Then grab your clubs for a few spectacular rounds.
3.5-star lodge at Barnbougle and Lost Farm golf courses

Days 2-3
Tee times are arranged for you on each day for you to golf Barnbougle and Lost Farm Golf Courses, both highly acclaimed. Barnbougle was recently voted the top course in Australia and 35th best course in the world! It mirrors the wild coastal links courses of Scotland along undulating dunes. The Lost Farm shows a different challenge with its coastline fairways. Your trip includes all green fees.
3.5-star lodge at Barnbougle and Lost Farm golf courses

Day 4
Today is completely at leisure. Try Craig’s legendary Quoll Patrol, a huge favorite for our travelers. It is a private photographic safari, it will give you the chance to capture the elusive platypus in the wild. You could also try a tour of the Tamar Wine Valley, well known for pinot noir, riesling, chardonnay and sparkling varieties.
3.5-star lodge at Barnbougle and Lost Farm golf courses

Day 5
Today it’s a flight over to Australia’s “second city,” and the hub of chic style and delicious food, Melbourne. Explore the café culture and St. Kilda. Additional touring suggestions: A relaxing day being pampered in a spa, viewing wild Little Blue Penguins, a visit to Healesville Sanctuary to pet a koala and feed a kangaroo, a flight to King Island for a day tasting gourmet cheeses and wines, helicopter flights over the Twelve Apostles.
4-star hotel in central Melbourne

Day 6-8
These days are at your leisure to explore the fantastic nearby golf courses. A rental car is included so that you can get to wherever you’d like to golf most. We recommend a tee time at Kingston Heath, the Royal Melbourne, or a links course on the Mornington Peninsula such as Moonah or The Dunes. The Royal Melbourne was the location of the Presidents Cup 2011 and our contacts can get you in for an exclusive tee time.
4-star hotel in central Melbourne

Day 9
A nonstop flight today gets you to Auckland, where you’ll pick up a sedan and drive to the northern part of the city, the stylish Northshore. Just off Takapuna Beach and ten minutes from downtown Auckland, your accommodations have panoramic views of Rangitoto Island, Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.
3.5-star hotel in Northshore Auckland

Day 10
Green fees, golf cart, and rental clubs are covered for you this morning at Gulf Harbour Country Club a short drive from your hotel. Consistently rated in the top five courses of New Zealand, Gulf Harbour contains ocean views and rolling terrain across the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. Your afternoon is at leisure to enjoy all that Auckland offers.
3.5-star hotel in Northshore Auckland

Day 11
It’s a 4-5 hour drive up to the Northlands to the Karikari Peninsula, home of Carrington Golf Resort. See spectacular Kauri forests and sea vistas along the way to this location right near the Bay of Islands. Covering 3000 acres, your resort has an infinity pool, hot tub, vineyard and winery. 900 acres are restored wetlands, allowing for plenty to do during your leisure time.
4-star resort on Karikari Peninsula

Day 12
18 holes, an electric golf cart, and rental clubs have been arranged for your tee time today at Northland golf course at Carrington Resort. This championship standard course compasses a variety of terrains with sweeping ocean and vineyard views. Then drive to one of the most spectacular accommodations in the world not just for golfers – Kauri Cliffs. You’ll have two nights at this spectacular lodge, including multi-course dinner and full cooked breakfast as well as pre dinner drinks and canapés, complimentary minibar, and use of all lodge facilities except spa treatments.
5-star lodge in Matauri Bay

Day 13
You’ll golf Kauri Cliffs today, with golf cart and rental clubs ready. The par 72 championship golf course offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level. Fifteen holes view the Pacific Ocean, six of which are played alongside cliffs that plunge to the sea. The beautiful inland holes wind through marsh, forest and farmland. Golf Magazine ranked Kauri Cliffs as the eightieth best golf course in the world in 2011. The afternoon is at leisure to try a boat charter in the Bay of Islands or just relax at your luxurious lodge.
5-star lodge in Matauri Bay

Day 14
Take two short flights to Hawke’s Bay today for the second of the two most famous courses in New Zealand after Kauri Cliffs — Cape Kidnappers. Your stay includes pre-dinner drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a la carte dinners, heated infinity pool, Jacuzzi, mountain bikes, and ample walking trails. A wild gannet colony dominates the point off the edge of the property in season. This is one of the best lodges in New Zealand and the scenery along Hawke’s Bay coastline is well worth it.
5-star lodge in Hawke’s Bay

Day 15
You’ll have 18 holes at the amazing Cape Kidnappers Golf Course today. In 2011, this course was ranked the 33rd best golf course in the world by Golf Magazine. Stand 140 meters above sea level and look out across the waves far below in Hawke’s Bay. Three times, you’ll have to make the perilous leap from the end of one ridge to the end of the next. Careful — it takes ten seconds of hang time for your ball to reach the ocean below. The afternoon is at leisure to explore wineries and waterfalls.
5-star lodge in Hawke’s Bay

Day 16
Your final day in New Zealand, today you’ll drive yourself to the airport for your flight to Auckland and then home with your swing perfected and eyes agog at the amazing views and vistas from Australia and New Zealand’s best golf courses.

  • 16 days rental car
  • 4 nights Tasmania
  • 3 nights Melbourne
  • 2 nights Auckland
  • 1 night Karikari Peninsula
  • 2 nights Matauri Bay
  • 2 nights Hawke’s Bay
  • Barnbougle Dunes Golf Course
  • Lost Farm Golf Course
  • Golf Harbour Country Club Course
  • Carrington Golf Course
  • Kauri Cliffs Golf Course
  • Cape Kidnappers Golf Course
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • 24-hour local assistance for all your needs while traveling
  • Australian visa processing for US citizens

Strangely, the clubhouse at Barnbougle Dunes does not overlook the golf course. However, the club house at Lost Farm more than compensates. The views out the windows are unbelievable, but don’t miss the outside balcony area tucked away on the northern end. Sit back, have a beer and I dare you not to talk about your golf game and how you played. -Shannon, Down Under Endeavours