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    Update: This tour is now sold out.

     

    Join Voyages.golf in November 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.

    Tour Information

    • 14 Nights’ accommodation in a mix of 4 & 5-star hotels & resorts
    • Daily buffet breakfast
    • 8 Rounds of Golf (Shared carts where available)
    • Voyages.golf travel kit
    • Meals where specified in the itinerary
    • Various Non-golf activities
    • Daily golf prizes for Ladies & Gentlemen
    • All ground transport by two private VIP touring vans
    • Services of Voyages.golf tour hosts throughout
    • All taxes and fees included

     

    Not Included

    • Travel Insurance
    • Airfares, taxes and fees
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Room charges other than the room rate, breakfast and taxes

     

    Optional Extras

    • Airfares (We can sort out your airfares for a $55 booking fee on any return flights)
    • Sightseeing activities not mentioned in the itinerary (to be scheduled during leisure time to ensure extra activities do not clash with tour components)
    • Additional nights and custom holiday extensions

    Day 1 – Monday 21 November 2022

    • Arrive into Wellington International Airport & transfer to Sofitel Wellington (5-star) for three nights
    • Welcome dinner and drinks at our Hotel to meet and greet your fellow tour members.

     

    Day 2 – Tuesday 22 November

    • We kickstart the tour by playing the beautiful Royal Wellington Golf Course (shared carts included)
    • Spend the afternoon exploring Wellington at your leisure.

     

    Day 3 – Wednesday 23 November

    • This morning we play the renowned Alex Russell-designed Paraparaumu Beach links golf course, which has taken the NZ golfing world by storm with its Irish links influence and fierce undulations. Manual pull trolleys included.
    • After golf, we head back to Wellington to explore the rest of the city at leisure and finish the day with dinner included at a preferred waterfront location (meal locations will be advised at the beginning of each leg of the trip).

     

    Day 4 – Thursday 24 November

    • Today we have a rest day from golf while driving from Wellington to the famed Hawke’s Bay region.
    • Along the way, we will stop for lunch (included) in the scenic town of Martinborough
    • On arrival, we check-in to Porters Boutique Hotel in Havelock North for three nights.

     

    Day 5 – Friday 25 November

    • After breakfast, we head to the world #22 (Golf Digest) Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, designed by Tom Doak (shared carts). There will be plenty of photo opportunities at this remarkable golf course; savour the experience!
    • The afternoon is free to do as you please around Napier, Havelock North and Cape Kidnappers. There is plenty to see and do, but you may wish to recline and read a book.

     

    Day 6 – Saturday 26 November

    • This day is a rest day from golf
    • Today we embark on a winery tour and tasting at Craggy Range and Te Mata Estate, with a possible third stop at Elephant Hill Winery. Wine tasting is included as well as lunch.

     

    Day 7 – Sunday 27 November

    • Today we check out of Porters Hotel and drive to the heart of New Zealand: Lake Taupo, to check-in at the five-star Hilton Hotel that features lake views. We will stay in this luxurious hotel for three nights
    • The drive from Hawke’s Bay north-west to Lake Taupo is surreal; picture rolling coastal hills which transforms gradually with every corner into heavily forested countryside.

     

    Day 8 – Monday 28 November

    • Today we play Jack Nicklaus’ signature golf course The Kinloch Club. This stunning par-72 inland links golf course is a contemporary take on traditional links golf with award-winning results. Shared golf carts are included.
    • The afternoon is free to explore the Taupo region with plenty of natural attractions and things to do.

     

    Day 9 – Tuesday 29 November

    • After breakfast, we head just a short way from the Hilton Lake Taupo to Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary for 18-holes. The golf course was designed by Commander John Harris with a stunning parkland layout through Taupo’s rural forests. The region is situated on the ground bustling with geothermal activity and makes for unique scenery.
    • In the afternoon we have a cruise on Lake Taupo with cocktails and light finger food included. The famous Maori rock carving will be our destination for the cruise, but it is as much about the journey, so enjoy the lake’s tranquillity.

     

    Day 10 – Wednesday 30 November

    • After breakfast, we check-out of Hilton Lake Taupo before driving to the famous Rotorua region. Included is a visit to Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. The world-famous geothermal activity at Rotorua is exemplified at this wonderland.
    • After lunch in the town of Rotorua (included), we will take a scenic afternoon drive to Auckland to check-in at the Sebel Auckland Viaduct for two nights.

     

    Day 11 – Thursday 01 December

    • After breakfast at the hotel, today is a free day at your leisure to spend around Auckland.
    • Evening dinner in the Auckland Viaduct region is included (own drinks).

     

    Day 12 – Friday 02 December

    • After breakfast, we head to Titirangi Golf Club, designed by Alister MacKenzie in 1927. (MacKenzie also designed Cypress Point, Royal Melbourne and Augusta National). We’ll have lunch at the clubhouse, followed but an afternoon drive north to the majestic Bay of Islands.
    • On arrival in Keri Keri, we check-in to our final accommodation at Paihia Beachfront Resort for three nights.

     

    Day 13 – Saturday 03 December

    • In the morning we play Carrington Golf Estate a seaside golf course designed like with an inland links layout.
    • The afternoon is free to explore the region of Waitangi; with optional evening drinks at the scenic town of Russell

     

    Day 14 – Sunday 04 December

    • Today we play our last round, fittingly at the World #43 (Golf Digest) golf course: Kauri Cliffs. Designed by David Harman, the cliffside golf course overlooks the majesty that is The Bay of Islands, with a unique design moulded by the land’s geography.
    • Evening farewell dinner in the coastal town of Paihia

     

    Day 15 – Monday 05 December

    • After a memorable trip, we check out of Paihia Resort and head to Kerikeri airport for onward departure flights. We will be driving back to Auckland after Kerikeri. Anyone wishing to depart via Auckland is welcome to join us for the final leg of the journey.
    • It will be time to say goodbye; until next time.

     

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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.

     

    Carrington Golf Estate

    A modern links golf course in far North New Zealand, Carrington Golf Estate is a marvel to behold. Designed by Matt Dye (nephew of Pete Dye), the Carrington Golf Course encompasses a wide variety of topography by incorporating rolling vales to challenging water holes. The Black Angus hed of Carrington Farms grazes on gently rolling pasture lands to the east and west of the golf course and the views are stunning. The 100-acre golf course has been designed to accommodate golfers of all abilities with various tee boxes, but the course itself presents numerous challenges. Visually stunning, technically challenging and relaxingly tranquil, Carrington Estate is a fantastic golf experience.

     

    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.

    Sofitel Wellington

    (Previously Changed from the Intercontinental). Uniquely French, the Sofitel brand blends a multitude of cultures into a boiling pot filled with luxury in Wellington. The Sofitel Wellington embraces the vibrant Kiwi culture while delivering world-class charms throughout the premises which are conveniently located between the quay and botanical gardens. Each Sofitel draws inspiration from local culture and tradition while celebrating innovation and the French art de Vivre to offer a one-of-a-kind, luxurious hotel experience. Not much more needs to be said about the quality of the Hotel, we’ll skip to its close proximity to the following attractions: The Beehive and Parliament Buildings, Te Papa Museum, Wellington Botanical Gardens, Cable Car, Sky Stadium, Mount Victoria, Wellington Zoo, the Zealandia Sanctuary, Weta Workshop and Cuba Street.

     

    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.

     

    Wairakei Resort Taupo

    With a focus on wellness and surrounded by tranquillity, the Wairakei Resort in Taupo offers fantastic service with simple luxuries near the beating heart of the North Island. The Resort has a 9-hole golf course but it is not to be mixed up with the 18-hole Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary course which is next door. With abundant leisure activities and attractions nearby, we don’t think you’ll be spending much time indoors at Taupo. Embrace the Waikato River, Huka Falls, bike tracks and walking trails that flow past The Resort. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, an airy Pavilion Restaurant, Geyser House Bar, tennis courts, swimming pools, squash courts, spa and nearby hiking or biking trails.

     

    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.

    Included Experiences

    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.

     

    Other experiences

     

    Wellington

    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.

     

    Hawke’s Bay

    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:

    • Overland Gannet Safari – Tours to Cape Kidnapper’s gannet colony. Get within metres of the world’s largest, most accessible gannet colony under the overwhelming cliffs of Cape Kidnappers
    • Waimarama Maori Tours – Experience Maori culture both past and present. The intimate tours are private and explore the 62-hectare Hakikino Conservation Reserve with guided learning of history, traditions and spirituality within this facet of Maori culture in Hawke’s Bay
    • Fishing Tours – We can arrange custom fly fishing tours with the best access in Hawke’s Bay
    • Bike Tours – A trendy pastime in Hawke’s Bay, we can arrange or self-guided or tour options around Hawke’s Bay bike trails.
    • Muse Art Gallery – A contemporary gallery with regular exhibitions showcasing emerging talent, as well as some of New Zealand’s top artists.

     

    Taupo

    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.

    • Lake Taupo is revered as a fresh-water fishing destination, providing large brown and rainbow trout year-round. It is an angler’s paradise, with self-led or charter tours offered throughout the year; fly fishing is another option. Other water activities include kayaking, lake cruising, paddle boarding and white-water rafting.
    • Aratiatia Rapids & Huka Falls: Visit the Aratiatia Rapids where thousands of litres of water are released from the Aratiatia Rapids throughout the day. The Huka Falls are a must-do in Taupo, with nearly a quarter of a million litres of water per second erupting from a natural gorge and transcending an 11-metre drop into the Waikato River.
    • Otumuheke Stream at Spa Thermal Park: Enjoy geothermal waters from Otumuheke Stream where bathers can relax in natural hot springs and healing mineral waters. Other hot springs include Taupo Debretts which are family-friendly but have spa treatments and private pools available.
    • Hiking & Walking Trails: Taupo is strategically located in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island. The wilderness encapsulates Lake Taupo and makes for some excellent walking. Hike the Huka Falls track which weaves along the banks of Waikato River with impressive views. Another hike is the Great Lake Hike, which offers over 71km of walking and biking tracks that can be experienced in different parts as you see fit. For those wanting a closer connection to the trees, enjoy the Pureora Forest Park; discover an ancient world of moss-covered trees, crystal-clear rivers and abundant birdsong.

     

    Auckland

    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:

    • Cruising to the tip of Cape Brett and visiting its lighthouse
    • Cruising or swimming with the dolphins
    • Sea kayak tours
    • Visiting the treaty house at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, which marks the birthplace of New Zealand as a nation.

    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.

    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.

    Twin/Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
    $8,598 $10,998

     

    Flight Guide (all flight prices are indicative and are subject to change)

    Please let us know if you wish to arrange your own flights or want us to book them for you (we book & ticket flights in-house)

    • Sydney to Wellington | Kerikeri-Auckland-Sydney – $800
    • Extra luggage on all flights for golf bags – $120
    • Total – $920 (includes all taxes and fees)

    Terms:

    • 25% to confirm your place
    • Balance due 90 days prior to departure
    • Please see our full Terms & Conditions.

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