Join Voyages.golf in March 2022 for a North Island Adventure in The Land of the Long White Cloud. This Voyages.golf ‘Signature Experience’ is indulgent, adventurous, and much anticipated. Picture a spacious van, New Zealand’s quiet roads, abundant flora and fauna, renowned golf, and a range of experiences enjoyed with friends old and new. Non-golfers are always welcome, activities will be arranged as required to suit your interests. Spaces are strictly limited.
Our last tour to New Zealand involved a cruise from the South Island to the North Island. In 2022, we return to New Zealand’s shores for what will be a tremendous journey through the heart of the North Island by road. Starting in the Nation’s Capital of Wellington, we head north, playing Royal Wellington and Paraparaumu Beach before heading to Hawke’s Bay and playing Cape Kidnappers. The heart of our New Zealand adventure will see us spend three days in the lovely Lake Taupo region (New Zealand’s largest lake). In Taupo, we play the scenic Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary as well as the Jack Nicklaus-designed Kinloch Club, the only course in New Zealand designed by the Golden Bear. Next, we head to Auckland and play Titirangi Golf Club while spending two nights exploring the country’s largest city, before heading to the serene Bay of Islands to play Waitangi Golf Club before finishing at the majestic Kauri Cliffs golf course.
All transport is by two private VIP high-top touring vans with ample space for all. The best way to see New Zealand’s fabled countryside is by cruising its meandering roads. Join us in 2022 as we explore The Land of The Long White Cloud, taking in fantastic scenery, indulging in revered culinary experiences, playing world-class golf, and making lifelong friends along the way. Non-golfers are always welcome.
Day 1 – Monday 28 February 2022
Day 2 – Tuesday 1 March
Day 3 – Wednesday 2 March
Day 4 – Thursday 3 March
Day 5 – Friday 4 March
Day 6 – Saturday 5 March
Day 7 – Sunday 6 March
Day 8 – Monday 7 March
Day 9 – Tuesday 8 March
Day 10 – Wednesday 9 March
Day 11 – Thursday 10 March
Day 12 – Friday 11 March
Day 13 – Saturday 12 March
Day 14 – Sunday 13 March
Day 15 – Monday 14 March
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This tour explores some of New Zealand’s best golf courses. Where possible, shared golf carts will be provided, though some golf courses are walking only. Each round consists of 18 holes with daily prizes within the tour group.
Royal Wellington Golf Course
One of the most accessible golf clubs from New Zealand’s capital, the Royal Wellington Golf Club is an exceptional parkland course. Located in Upper Hutt, just thirty minutes by car from Wellington, the golf course is ideal for day trips. The golf course at Royal Wellington Golf Club was designed by Greg Turner and Scott MacPherson with a par of 72 and total course length just over six kilometres. What makes this parkland layout so phenomenal is its fantastic layout among an area of outstanding beauty. It is a kick-starter for a New Zealand golf tour with plenty of lakeside holes, doglegs through trees and exceptional club facilities.
Paraparaumu Beach Golf Course
A little further north than Royal Wellington lies Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club. Residing just inland from the Tasman Sea, Paraparaumu Beach Golf Course features undulating links terrain that is reminiscent of traditional Scottish and Irish courses. It was designed by golf architect Alex Russell, whose layout has hosted over 12 New Zealand Open tournaments. Paraparaumu Beach is a rising star in the North Island’s golf list, sitting in Aus Golf Digest’s Top 50 NZ courses at eighth. It is easily walkable and fairly open.
Cape Kidnappers Golf Course
Perched atop a cliff on the south side of New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay resides the renowned Cape Kidnappers golf course. Designed by Tom Doak, the sprawling golf course sits atop a series of finger-like peninsulas divided by deep ridges that descend into the Pacific Ocean. Cape Kidnappers is owned by Robertson Lodges who also own Kauri Cliffs. Rated by Golf Digest as the 22nd best course in the world, Cape Kidnappers is sure to delight with its unique 18-hole route. To play Cape Kidnappers is a bucket-list moment for most golfers; its isolation on New Zealand’s North Island adds to its reverence.
Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary
One of New Zealand’s best kept secrets in the international world is the lake Taupo region, which includes the Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary. Set 10-minutes from the regional town of Taupo and New Zealand’s largest lake, Wairakei Golf Club is set on 450 acres. Rolling terrain filled with abundant flora and fauna features an 18-hole parkland golf course carved between a pine forest and pockmarked with bunkers. The Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary is unique in that it doubles as a conservation sanctuary. Geothermal activity underfoot makes for a microclimate that produces flourishing seasonal flora year-round. A round at Wairakei aligns with what Mark Twain said: “Golf is a good walk spoiled.”
The Kinloch Club Golf Course
King of Lake Taupo’s golf courses is The Kinloch Club. Designed by The Golden Bear Jack Nicklaus, it is the only course designed by the 18-major winner in New Zealand and reserves a ‘signature’ status; which aligns perfectly with the tour. Overlooking Lake Taupo, the golf course features an inland links layout by design, with the Kinloch Manor & Villas looming over the opening and finishing holes. The Kinloch Club is Taupo’s signature golf course and rated by Australian Golf Digest as the Third Best Golf Course in New Zealand. The inland links course is unlike any Nicklaus-designed golf course; its international renown is a testament to The Golden Bear’s design philosophy coupled with the natural lay of the land. Modern influences on the links course include water features with doglegs wrapping around lakes, while traditional influences come in the form of hilly tussocks, wasteland areas and fescue grass disrupted by the occasional tree.
Titirangi Golf Course
Residing just 20-minutes south-west of Auckland, Titirangi Golf Course is the brainchild of Dr Alister MacKenzie, who designed it in the 1920s. The golf course is rated as 13th Best Golf Course in New Zealand by Australian Golf Digest. It is no wonder the 18-hole parkland layout is rated so highly; MacKenzie also designed Augusta National, Cypress Point and Royal Melbourne. You will find lush flora everywhere at Titirangi, as well as cascading streams, still ponds and dramatic elevation changes. One of the closest golf courses to Auckland, Titirangi is perfect for a day-trip from New Zealand’s largest city.
Waitangi Golf Course
North-west of Auckland is the stunning Bay of Islands region and the beautiful Waitangi Golf Club. The 18-hole golf course sits comfortably within Australian Golf Digest’s Top 50 Golf Courses in New Zealand. After playing Titirangi in Auckland, the Waitangi Golf Course will provide a breath of sub-tropical air with amazing coastal views. The course plays alongside the ocean; picture dotted hills with lush vegetation and white yachts sailing in turquoise waters. Waitangi Golf Club resides near where the famous Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840; we will have the opportunity to visit the treaty grounds after our round.
Kauri Cliffs Golf Course
We save one of the best for last for this New Zealand Signature Golf Tour. Kauri Cliffs golf course is the sister of Cape Kidnappers, with a sub-tropical parallel clearly visible from the first tee when comparing its Hawke’s Bay sibling. Designed by Florida native David Harman, the Kauri Cliffs golf course is a wonder to play. It overlooks Matauri Bay in the majestic Bay of Islands, north-west of Auckland. It is rated by Golf Digest as 43rd Best Course in the World and has reached a best of 37. With an elevated position, you will enjoy bay views of the surrounding countryside and rugged coastline. Kauri Cliffs is a perfect way to complete this golf tour.
Located in Wellington’s Lambton Quay, the five-star Intercontinental Hotel is one of Wellington’s most luxurious hotels overlooking the bay. With a state-of-the-art fitness centre, an indoor pool and free Wi-Fi throughout, there is no end to the luxuries at Intercontinental Wellington. Indulge in fantastic cuisine right in the hotel, with your choice of two restaurants: Chameleon Restaurant and The Lobby Lounge. The centrally-located hotel means you can walk to and from the quay and Wellington’s main attractions.
Porters Boutique Hotel (Havelock North)
Porters Boutique Hotel is a unique sanctuary situated in the upmarket town of Havelock North, just outside Napier and Hastings. The charming Hotel enjoys close access to the town and its hive of cafes, galleries and attractions. At the same time, its rooms showcase a comfortable luxury with tranquil balconies overlooking the village’s lush treetops. You will find plenty of dining options in the Hotel, such as Malo Restaurant and lounge, Maina Café & Bistro, and Smith and Sheth Cellar Door & Wine Lounge. The restaurants and eateries at Porters Boutique Hotel showcase the Hawke’s Bay gastronomy.
Hilton Lake Taupo
Residing near New Zealand’s largest lake, Hilton Lake Taupo features a magnificent blend of Victorian architecture and contemporary living on a 19th-century property. Enjoy the heated spa pool, tennis courts, and lake-view dining with balcony seating. Guest rooms at the Hotel are spacious and well-appointed with new-world luxuries, including a balcony or patio and large working desk. Dining at Hilton Lake Taupo is a treat with the Bistro Lago being the latest addition to New Zealand’s renowned Nourish Group, and its menu designed by executive chef Simon Gault. Lake views complete the experience outside, and a fireplace completes the inside. The Hotel is minutes away from the town of Taupo.
Sebel Suites Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Overlooking the grand yachts moored in Viaduct Harbour and just moments from the CBD, the Sebel Suites offer luxury in close proximity to the centre of New Zealand’s largest city. Spacious, stylish and homey, the suites feature daily housekeeping, a kitchenette, and a furnished balcony overlooking the harbour and city. Enjoy close proximity to the Viaduct Harbour or La Cigale Market which offers a taste of France, whilst the city’s best bars, restaurants and shops are all within walking distance.
Paihia Beach Resort (Bay of Islands)
Located in the tranquil seaside town of Paihia in the Bay of Islands, the Paihia Beach Resort and Spa is a boutique accommodation with distinctive features. Designed with maximum comfort in mind, the Resort features a heated outdoor pool, La Spa Naturale and ocean-facing bedrooms. You will also find complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the Resort, as well as private balconies or patios depending on what level your room is on. The Glasshouse Kitchen and Bar is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, showcasing dishes from the Middle East, South Asia and Kiwi classics. The Resort takes a fresh, revitalizing approach to comfort, cuisine and life; you will leave feeling reinvigorated. It also overlooks the beach and is within walking distance of the towns’ cafes, bars, shops and restaurants.
All prices are per person in AUD; please contact us for prices in different currencies. The tour is priced for 12-14 golfers travelling together.
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Hawke’s Bay Winery Tour & Tasting
The Hawke’s Bay region in New Zealand is world-famous for the wine it produces. It is the oldest and second-largest wine-producing region on the east coast of the North Island., and represents over 10% of the country’s production. Craggy Range Winery is owned by the Peabody family. The family-run winery was conceived in 1993 and has since developed into one of the most well-known wineries in the country. The estate and winery is as picturesque as the second stop on our winery tour: Te Mata Estate. First planted in 1892, the vineyard has five sites on the north-facing slopes of Havelock Hills. The wines produced by these vineyards are renowned for producing wines with a distinct, robust flavour.
The third stop on our tour may include Elephant Hills Winery, depending on the time remaining. The winery is situated on the southern end of Hawke’s Bay overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the nearby Cape Kidnappers. The winery is owned by the German Weiss family; its grapes hand-picked and sustainably produced.
Lake Taupo Cruise
Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s largest lake, covering a surface area of 616 square kilometres, and a max depth of 186 metres. Its 193-kilometre perimeter is a haven for walking, cycling, fishing, boating and kayaking. Formed by an enormous volcanic eruption millions of years ago, The Lake is ingrained in Maori culture with its geothermal activity adding to its history. Lake cruises offer exclusive access to the fascinating Mine Bay rock carvings which are only accessible by water. The rock carving stands 14-metres above the water level and is considered one of New Zealand’s most extraordinary Maori artworks. The lake cruise is enjoyed in style with cocktails and finger food included. All that is left to do is sit back and relax, taking in Lake Taupo’s supreme beauty and learning about Maori culture while floating.
Rotorua Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Known around the world for its geothermal activity, Rotorua is the best place to experience shooting geysers, mud baths and natural hot springs. The Wai-o-Taipu park is considered New Zealand’s most diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction, covering over 18 square kilometres. To walk through the park, seeing the spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and multi-coloured pools is extraordinary.
Wellington Cable Car
Located adjacent to our accommodation at The Double Tree Hilton, the Wellington Cable Car offers panoramic views over the city and harbour. The relaxing ride has been ferrying passengers for well over 100 years between Lambton Quay and Kelburn. It is an iconic feature of the Nation’s capital.
Mount Victoria Lookout
A fun, free activity is to head to the apex of Mount Victoria. Its lookout offers breathtaking views over Wellington’s CBD, the bay and surrounding hills. There are abundant nature trails to walk, or you can enjoy fish and chips on the grass.
Food and Drink
Wellington is famous for its gastronomy. Visit Hannah’s Lane for your dose of barista coffee and baked goods. The harbour houses renowned seafood and steak restaurants, while the CBD contains a wide range of international cuisines that is synonymous with New Zealand’s diverse culture.
From our accommodation Havelock North, there are many experiences for golfers and non-golfers alike. To do them all is impossible with the time given to us, but here is a curated list:
Taupo and its surrounding countryside are a nature lover’s paradise. Both in the town and on the lake, there are numerous things for you to enjoy. Taupo is the North Island’s answer to the South Island’s Queenstown in terms of adventure and outdoor activities.
Enjoy New Zealand’s largest city with numerous options for shoppers, nature lovers and travel must-doers. The CBD of Auckland houses an eclectic mix of shopping, dining and entertainment during the day and bustling bars and eateries at night. If architecture is your thing, visit Auckland’s Sky Tower for commanding views over the city and surrounding bay. At 328-metres high, the Sky Tower is New Zealand’s tallest building. You will have the opportunity to SkyWalk around a narrow platform 192 metres above the ground, or SkyJump with nothing but a wire between you and the ground. For more down to earth travellers, we recommend the Shuckleferry, which offers a guided cruise around the waters of Mahurangi Harbour with a treat of Pacific oysters while you relax.
Bay of Islands
New Zealand’s Bay of Islands is an area of outstanding natural beauty with untouched, pristine coastline and lush vegetation wherever there land can be seen. From our accommodation in Paihia, the best local attractions include:
All land transportation within the tour is included and will be by two high-top touring vans with ample space for luggage. The vans contain air-conditioning, large windows, as well as being Mercedes Benz purpose-built touring vehicles. Contact us for flights and holiday extensions before or after the tour dates.
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