Best of New Zealand Golf Tours: Created By Golfers

Golf New Zealand’s top-rated courses with this itinerary designed by golfers. Cap off your golf tour with the crowning gems of New Zealand golf: Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs.

From $9,199
per person
19 days
Airfare not included
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2 travelers

This Best of New Zealand Golf Tours: Created By Golfers package showcases the best that New Zealand has to offer. New Zealand is quickly becoming one of the best golf locations in the world. We designed this trip for a couple from Florida, who stayed at the country’s most luxurious lodges and hotels while golfing the most famous courses. All green fees, golf carts for 2 passengers, and rental clubs are included in this golf lover’s dream itinerary.

We started their Best of New Zealand Golf Tours: Created By Golfers package in the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown. From here, they golfed at Millbrook and Jack’s Point. They also had some free time to take in Queenstown’s beautiful scenery and went on an optional wine tour of the Otago region. Next, they flew to quaint Christchurch and traveled to Canterbury to golf Terrace Downs Golf Course.

Continuing their Best of New Zealand Golf Tours: Created By Golfers package, they golfed Clearwater Golf Course, then hopped back up to the North Island for Paraparaumu Beach Golf Course and Kinloch Golf Course. These varied courses offer challenging golf for players of all levels, as well as beautiful views of iconic New Zealand scenery. During their free time in Wellington, the couple enjoyed a visit to Zealandia, a nature reserve filled with native flora and fauna that has been restored to the way New Zealand looked before humans arrived.

Then they drove to Hawke’s Bay for their amazing experience at Cape Kidnappers, one of New Zealand’s top courses, and enjoyed some of the world-renowned local wine. The last stop on their Best of New Zealand Golf Tours: Created By Golfers package was the crowning gem of the New Zealand golf courses, Kauri Cliffs. To many, this spectacular course is second to none.

After more than 2 weeks golfing some of the top-rated golf courses in the Southern Hemisphere, their vacation came to an end. They caught a flight to Auckland to begin their journey home.

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Day 1
Welcome to New Zealand! Arrive in Auckland in the early morning and meet our local representative, who will escort you to your domestic flight. A hop down to Queenstown in the early afternoon starts your trip. A delight for scenery lovers and adrenaline junkies alike, Queenstown is the outdoor adventure capital of New Zealand, if not the world. There are an endless supply of activities to let you fully experience the stunning natural landscape and get your adrenaline flowing. The feeling is that of a frontier town, with stunning mountains surrounding it and placid Lake Wakatipu alongside. You’ll be staying at a resort nearby for 4 nights in old gold mining country.
Millbrook Resort

Day 2
Today is yours to enjoy however you please. If you like, we can arrange additional activities, such as the famous adrenaline pursuits of bungy jumping, skydiving, canyoning, whitewater rafting, scenic helicopter flights, nature hikes (amazing in this region), and hundreds of other activities that make Queenstown unique. For wine lovers, a must-do is a tour to the Otago wine region, famous for its earthy pinot noirs.
Millbrook Resort

Day 3
This morning, you have a round of 18 holes at the resort’s scenic golf resort. Dwarfed by the surrounding mountain ranges of The Remarkables and Coronet Peak, the dramatic terrain challenges all levels of players. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. Perhaps a spa treatment at Millbrook if you’d like, or an afternoon hike.
Millbrook Resort

Day 4
Today, you’ll make your way to Jack’s Point Golf Course, where we have arranged a tee time that suits for 18 holes. This course is a par 72 championship course for golfers of any caliber. The course works with nature, not against it. Designed with minimal excavation, the course measures about 6900 yards from the championship tees and weaves through tussock grasslands, dramatic rock outcrops, steep bluffs, and swathes of native bush to the edge of Lake Wakatipu. The demanding, rugged layout demands some accurate golf to master, but will reward all players with incredible scenery and an unforgettable golf experience.
Millbrook Resort

Day 5
A short flight today brings you to Christchurch, where you’ll pick up your rental car and drive about an hour out to Rakaia Gorge. Located in the heart of a rural high country community, your resort is nestled on the edge of the Rakaia Gorge at the base of popular ski territory, Mt. Hutt.
4.5-star resort in the Rakaia Gorge, Canterbury

Day 6
A round of 18 holes at Terrace Downs Golf Course is the itinerary for today. A par 72, 18-hole championship golf course, it has been rated as one of the top courses and golfing destinations in New Zealand. Based at the foothills of the Southern Alps, there are very few scenic alpine courses like it. It offers a unique mixture of parklands and links style with integration into the natural environment. The views of the Rakaia Gorge and mountains will provide a challenge for those trying to focus on the ball! The 16th hole is the signature hole, as at par 3 it plays 100 meters off the regular tees and the fairway clings to the side of the gorge with spectacular views. The rest of the day is yours at leisure to go skiing, hunting, fishing, jet boating, or hiking.
4.5-star resort in the Rakaia Gorge, Canterbury

Day 7
Drive about 45-60 minutes today to your next destination, Clearwater Golf Course, for another 18 holes. Designed by John Darby, in consultation with New Zealand golfing legend Sir Bob Charles, the course combines links and parklands golf. The course meanders around a succession of spring-fed lakes and trout-filled streams, with uninterrupted views of the spectacular Southern Alps. There are 5 tee positions to suit players of all abilities. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Christchurch, a European-style city with charming streets, punting on the Avon River, and lovely botanical gardens. We can also arrange a half-day food and wine tour in the region just for you.
Peppers Clearwater Resort

Day 8
A short flight today takes you back up to the North Island to Wellington, your home for 3 nights. The dining and artistic hub of New Zealand, Wellington is filled with cafés, museums, and art; theatre performances and galleries abound. It is truly the “Coolest Little Capital in the World” (Lonely Planet). Surrounded almost entirely by beaches and bays, the hills of Wellington leave almost every location with a breathless view of the Cook Strait and the islands beyond. Your accommodations are in the city’s best hotel, where you have a suite in the city center, within walking distance of all the major sights. Special bonuses for booking with Down Under Endeavours include a complimentary bottle of local wine, tapas for 2, and tickets to the Zealandia nature park.
The Bolton Hotel

Day 9
Self-drive a short way north today to Paraparaumu on the windswept Kapiti Coast for 18 holes at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Course, where Tiger Woods famously played. Regarded by many as one of the greatest links courses in the Southern Hemisphere, this course has hosted the New Zealand Open 12 times, a record surpassed by no other course. The course was designed by former Australian Open champion Alex Russell, onetime partner of Dr. Alistair McKenzie.

After an exciting day of golf, the afternoon is yours to enjoy Wellington at leisure. Tonight would be a good time to use your tickets for Zealandia, a nature preserve in the middle of Wellington where you can spot elusive kiwi birds, rare tuatara lizards, and the strange morepork in a setting that has returned to the way it looked before humans arrived.
The Bolton Hotel

Day 10
Today is entirely at your leisure. Perhaps visit Te Papa Museum to see spectacular collections of local and Maori art. Enjoy this day off from golfing, resting your right arm in preparation for the best courses yet to come.
The Bolton Hotel

Day 11
Drive a few hours to Lake Taupo in the center of the North Island. You’ll be staying at an elegant hotel just minutes from downtown, with views over Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park beyond. Additional recommended activities include kayaking across Lake Taupo to Maori rock carvings, as well as visiting Huka Falls for a rush of fresh waterfall spray.
Hilton Taupo

Day 12
Today, drive a short way to Kinloch Golf Course for 18 holes in a parkland style layout designed by Lester George, dedicated to providing guests a premier golf experience with world-class course conditions. The course is designed to encourage walking (although you’ll have your own golf cart if you want it). This is a championship course of about 7200 yards from the tips, and is routinely rated as one of the best and most professional courses in New Zealand.
Hilton Taupo

Day 13
Drive a few short hours to Hawke’s Bay for one of the most famous courses in New Zealand: Cape Kidnappers. You’ll be staying right at the famous Farm at Cape Kidnappers, which 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.
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Day 14
Today, you’ll have 18 holes at the amazing Cape Kidnappers Golf Course. Designed by architect Tom Doak, the par 71 course measures 7119 yards and challenges golfers of all skill levels. Stand 140 meters above sea level and look out across the waves far below in Hawke’s Bay. The layout is not true links terrain, with its wrinkles of sand dunes; instead, the land tilts toward the sea as a series of ridges jutting out toward the edge of the cliffs. 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 10 seconds of hang time for your ball to reach the ocean below.
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Day 15
Today is yours enjoy Hawke’s Bay at leisure. Optional additional activities include: food and wine tours of famous Hawke’s Bay vineyards, Maori cultural tours, drives up the coast to waterfall hikes, scenic helicopter flights, and plenty more to keep you occupied.
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Day 16
Today, you’ll take 2 short flight hops up to Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands with a private transfer to Kauri Cliffs Lodge. Along with Cape Kidnappers, this is the most famous lodge in the country and houses the most famous golf course. The tariff includes pre-dinner drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a la carte dinners, a complimentary mini bar including domestic beers (excludes liquor and wines), and use of the heated infinity pool, hot tub, lap pool, sauna, jacuzzi, tennis courts, 3 private beaches, mountain bikes, and ample walking tracks. Nearby is the Bay of Islands, home of famous Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock.
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

Day 17
18 holes at the famous Kauri Cliffs Golf Course, designed by David Harman, have been arranged for you today. The par 72 championship golf course measures 7119 yards and offers 5 sets of tees to challenge every skill level. Fifteen holes view the Pacific Ocean, 6 of which are played alongside cliffs that plunge to the sea. The beautiful inland holes wind through marsh, forest, and farmland.
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

Day 18
This is your final full day in New Zealand, and yours to use however you wish. Your lodge has excellent spa treatments, and the nearby area offers many additional activities: guided tours of Waitangi Treaty Grounds (where modern-day New Zealand history began), sails and cruises through the Bay of Islands, guided tours of enormous kauri tree forests, visits to quaint seaside townships, dolphin swimming, day trips up to Cape Reinga, or simply relaxing on the beach.
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

Day 19
Enjoy your final scrumptious breakfast at the lodge this morning, then board your flight back to Auckland and then home. Give your back a rest after this luxurious golf holiday by opting for a business class flight—you’ll find it’s well worth it!

  • 4 nights Millbrook Resort, Queenstown
  • 2 nights Canterbury
  • 1 night Peppers Clearwater Resort, Christchurch
  • 3 nights Bolton Hotel, Wellington – includes bottle of wine, tapas plate, and entry to Zealandia
  • 2 nights Hilton Taupo
  • 3 nights The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Napier
  • 3 nights The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Bay of Islands
  • 18 holes at Millbrook Resort Golf Course, Jack’s Point Golf Course, Terrace Downs Golf Course, Clearwater Golf Course, Paraparaumu Beach Golf Course, Kinloch Golf Course, Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, and Kauri Cliffs Golf Course
  • Zealandia entry in Wellington
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 dinners
  • 15 days rental car
  • Private airport transfers

After your day of golf, I recommend you head to downtown Queenstown for dinner. They have some amazing restaurants and bars. For fine cuts of beef and exceptional dining, I recommend Botswana Butchery. Or, for the best burgers in town, you can’t miss Queenstown’s famous Fergburger!
–Emily, Down Under Endeavours

Bolton Hotel

Partner Information

  • Location: Wellington
  • Type of Accommodation: Hotel
  • Comfort Level: Superior Comfort
  • Free WiFi
  • Valet Parking
  • In-Room iPads
  • Fitness Room and Lap Pool
  • Artisan Dining House

Things To Do

  • Te Papa National Museum
  • Weta Studios Tour
  • Zealandia Nature Park
  • Mount Victoria Lookout
  • Wellington Cable Car