Not only does New Zealand have stunning scenery, superb lodges and hotels but we are also lucky enough to have nearly 400 golf courses. On this journey you get to play some of the country’s best courses in breathtaking landscapes, stay in some of the finest locations and experience thrilling activities like the Huka Falls Jetboat Tour, Mt Cook Ultimate Scenic Flight and an exclusive Helicopter Tour to Milford Sound including Overnight Cruise.
‚Play and Stay‘ at some of the most reputable places in the world. Please study our outstanding itinerary below!
The details below are for each of the days where there is a major driving leg.
Times are based on a reasonable average of between 70 and 80 kph (45-55 mph approx).
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The following summary lists driving information for each major driving day of your itinerary. Times and distances are based on ideal conditions without stops. Plan to take longer to allow time to explore and enjoy some stops.
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The trip from Auckland to the Bay of Islands takes around 3.5 hours but give yourself some leeway for stops and sightseeing. As you go through Puhoi, take in the bohemian atmosphere of this historical township. Stop for a breath of fresh salty air in Whangarei and take another break at Kawakawa – home to the world famous Hundertwasser toilets. Enjoy the native bush surrounds and marvel at the endless golden beaches as you arrive into the subtropical Bay of Islands region. Continuing north its just a short drive to Whangaroa Harbour and Matauri Bay, your destination for the night.
Accommodation – Kauri Cliffs:
Set on 6,000 acres near Matauri Bay, Northland, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs affords spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean. Cape Brett and the offshore Cavalli Islands are part of the panorama which can be viewed from the verandas, lounge and dining rooms. A championship golf course also graces the lodge.
Ranked the number one hotel in the world in 2014 by Conde Nast, Kauri Cliffs is also home to two astroturf tennis courts, an infinity swimming pool, spa and fully equipped fitness centre. Five-star gourmet a la carte dining is available both indoors and on the veranda outside, as well as informal barbecues and lunch hampers.
Enjoy the Kauri Cliffs experience and their magnificent golf course
Located on 6,000 spectacular acres near Matauri Bay, Northland, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is a secluded oasis. With panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Cape Brett and the Cavalli Islands, guests stay in one of 22 cottage suites, each with their own private porch and open fireplace. While best known for its world-class golf course, Kauri Cliffs has many other activities on offer including horseback riding, cycling, swimming, sailing, a guided farm tour, and access to it’s day spa – nestled within native Totara forest. Discover New Zealand’s pristine shores on one of three private beaches or fish and dive in the clear blue waters.
Kauri Cliffs was designed and built by David Harman. The par 72 championship golf course measures 7,119 yards / 6,510 metres and offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level. Fifteen holes view the Pacific Ocean, six of which are played alongside cliffs which plunge to the sea. The beautiful inland holes wind through marsh, forest and farmland. Kauri Cliffs is currently ranked #39 in the world by Golf Digest Top 100 Greatest Golf Courses in the World.
Kauri Cliffs recently underwent a renovation from world-renowned golf course architect Rees Jones. The 5th hole received a complete redesign and was transformed from a long, uphill, forced carry par-3 to a short „drop shot“ par-3. Other notable changes were the addition of tees on the 2nd and 9th holes and a bunker renovation on the 4th hole. The golf complex includes a world-class practice range, putting and chipping greens, a well-stocked golf shop, and ladies’ and men’s locker rooms. Premium ladies’ and men’s rental clubs are available.
Accommodation – Kauri Cliffs
Today you’ll drive through the heart of the South Island, crossing the vast Canterbury plains. Catch your breath in Geraldine before continuing through Fairlie. Ascending Burkes pass you’ll come to the picturesque lakeside town of Tekapo.
Follow the road and take in the view of Aoraki Mt Cook (New Zealand’s tallest mountain) from the shores of Lake Pukaki, known for its glacier fed turquoise blue color. Continue along the lake to your final destination Mt Cook Village.
Please note there are no food or shops at Mount Cook you will need to stock up prior to arriving in Mount Cook if you wish to self cater.
View the spectacular Aoraki Mount Cook from above on this 55 minute scenic flight. See the incredible scenery surrounding New Zealand’s tallest peak, including hanging glaciers, calved icebergs, rivers of ice, the forests of the West Coast and the renowned Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. You’ll also land on the glacier itself – a truly unique experience.
Accommodation – Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium Plus Experience the best views in the park from the spacious top floor rooms of the magnificent Hermitage Hotel.
Today you venture by private helicopter to Milford Sound
Exclusive Milford Sound Heli Cruise
Breathtaking, magnificent and truly spectacular, a Milford Sound Heli Tour is a must do when visiting New Zealand. Descend through carved glacial valleys to Milford Sound where you’ll join an informative cruise on the fiord itself. The unique character of Milford Sound is due to the huge volume of rainfall this region receives – resulting in a surreal world of moss, rainforest, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. You’ll cruise the waterways carved by glaciers all the way to the wild west coast. On your return flight to Queenstown experience an alpine landing where you can step foot on pristine wilderness rarely seen by people.
Accommodation – Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown
Depart Queenstown today
Your final morning in Queenstown before driving to the airport and catching your next flight. Depending on when your flight departs you might have time for one last Queenstown adventure before dropping your car off at the airport and catching your flight.
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