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Luxury New Zealand Escapes specialise in high end New Zealand golf vacations. Each itinerary is customised to suit your interests and your chosen length of travel. Choose to stay at the very best New Zealand luxury lodges, through to New Zealand’s top rated 5-star properties. New Zealand’s top highlights are also not to be missed, imagine soaring above Milford Sound in a private helicopter before landing atop a mountain for a champagne lunch; visiting New Zealand’s best wineries on a private tour, dining on freshly caught crayfish on a private yacht…….. the list is endless.
Guided or Semi-Guided Golf Tours
Suitable for the single golf enthusiast, golfing couples, and small groups (friends, families or corporates). Your tour will be lead by a top New Zealand tour guide and golf expert, who will be on hand throughout your full tour, or private transfers will be organised at each location (semi-guided). We will work with you to fully customise your golf tour; booking tee times, accommodation, non-golf activities, transfers (land or air), luxury car hire and anything else you may require.
For those guests wishing to explore and go off-route, New Zealand Luxury Escapes offer a range of luxury vehicles to suit your golf vacation. Aston Martin Vantage V8, Maserati Gran Turismo Sport, Porsche Cayenne S, Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover Vogue, are some of the popular models that suit our clients and New Zealand roads.
Flight transfer Auckland to Northland – 1 hour
Your exclusive New Zealand golf experience begins in Auckland, the gateway to the North Island. Get a glimpse of the city before being whisked away to Northland a subtropical wonderland of islands, marine life, kauri forests and Maori myths and legends.
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is where you will spend the next three days being immersed in relaxation, while creating lifelong golfing memories at a course currently ranked #39 in the world by Golf Digest Top 100 Greatest Golf Courses. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is set on 6000 acres and affords spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, giving access to three private beaches.
Named the number one resort in Australia and New Zealand by Travel + Leisure, Kauri Cliffs is a leisure travellers dream. Activities abound with immersive local heritage tours, bountiful fishing, bush walks, mountain biking, quad biking and a spa sanctuary hidden within native forest.
Stay 3 nights in the Northland.
Accommodation: The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
The par 72 championship golf course measures 7,119 yards / 6,510 metres and offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level. With cliff-edge fairways perched 140 metres above sea level and with a surface that remains firm and fast, this course offers holes unlike anything you will find elsewhere in the world. While every hole has spectacular views of the Bay, some play cautiously alongside deep ravines as others intimidate golfers with deep cliff top bunkers and sheer drops off the very edge of the earth. In contrast, the beautiful inland holes wind through marsh, forest and farmland, offering a range of scenic experiences in one location.
Looking for something more relaxing? Pamper yourself at The Spa, nestled at the edge of a Totara forest, overlooking a verdant fern glen and winding stream. Each treatment room, including the couple’s room, has floor to ceiling views and opens onto a private outdoor patio. The spa has a sauna, jacuzzi spa pool, indoor heated lap pool and fitness centre.
One of the many fine dining options at the lodge will make the perfect end to your day.
A day of adventure exploring Northland – fish, heritage, surf, fly, picnic, walk – the choice is yours.
Fishing is a religion around these parts. Join a local guide at one of the beaches on the property and test your skill at hooking a snapper or kahawai (similar to a blue fish). Bring your catch back to the lodge and the chef will prepare it for your dinner.
The Kauri Cliffs Guided Heritage Discovery tour will give you unparalleled insight into New Zealand’s complex identity. Journey through time as your experienced guide unravels the rich and diverse tapestry of history and culture that all took place at this vast property.
Surf some of New Zealand’s most beautiful untouched scenery including Kauri Cliffs. It is as though nature designed the Northland coastline with surfers in mind. Tiny coves, long sandy beaches, river mouths, point breaks, sandbars and reefs . . . all within a short drive. Enjoy a two-hour beginner’s lesson at Kauri Cliffs or an all-day Surf-safari of Northland beaches.
Discover the rich and diverse beauty of the Bay of Islands from the perspective only possible by air with a Helicopter Bay of Islands Discovery Tour. Fly out to the world famous “Hole in the Rock”and take a bird’s eye view of Russell, Paihia & Waitangi townships.
Flight transfer Northland to Taupo – 2 hours
The Lodge at Kinloch is set within the tranquil 254ha grounds of the Kinloch Club Golf Course, on the shores of Lake Taupo. This modern uber-luxury lodge has been designed to emulate a version of the Kinloch region namesake Scottish castle, but with a truly modern 21st century design concept. The main lodge, with local schist stone exteriors features dramatic framed vistas of the sensational views of the golf course and the ever changing Lake Taupo. A commanding gangway entrance to the lodge leads to the lush central courtyard on guest arrival, with outdoor fireplace and reflecting pool.
Designed by one of the games best strategic thinkers, Kinloch is New Zealand’s only Jack Nicklaus designed golf course. With panoramic views of New Zealand’s largest fresh-water lake, Lake Taupo and the natural beauty of rugged rural farmland, this world-class championship Par 72 course is a hybrid between a Links and a Parkland course although it is often compared to the classic link courses of Scotland and Ireland.
Stay 3 nights at The Lodge at Kinloch, Taupo.
Accommodation: The Lodge at Kinloch
A Top 100 golf course, the Kinloch Club measures 6519 yards off the white tees, and 7363 yards off the Championship tees, Kinloch offers an exceptional golfing experience.
The design philosophy behind Kinloch was to enhance the natural environment – and allow the surroundings of the stunning Taupo region to shape each hole. But beware, it’s tough. The only flat lie you will have is on the tee box, so be prepared. Extensive bunkering guards the front of the greens and you’ll have to think carefully of every single hole shot. As Kinloch’s Director of Golf Tom Long states ‘’If you don’t come out of Kinloch mentally exhausted, your scores going to blow out.’’
There’s only one thing better than the satisfying feeling of holing out on the 18th at Kinloch, and that’s relaxing with friends in the superb luxurious Kinloch Clubhouse. The Kinloch Clubhouse features outstanding panoramic vistas all year round with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating to savour the views. With full gourmet catering and bar facilities available before, during and after your round of golf you’re sure to stay you energised and refreshed.
Today is spent at your leisure, either relaxing at the lodge, playing another round of golf (perhaps at Wairakei International), or exploring what Taupo has to offer.
Taupo is home to some of New Zealand’s most amazing natural wonders. Visit the Huka Falls, where you can witness the phenomenon of natural hydro power with more than 220,000 litres of water per sec barreling over an 11meter high waterfall. Take a kayak or boat tour around the scenic Western Bays of Lake Taupō to see the huge Māori rock carving at Mine Bay. Get active and hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing with a private guide, often described as New Zealand’s greatest day walk; lava flows, an active crater, emerald-coloured lakes and magnificent views combine to make this an unforgettable walking journey. Or visit Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland which showcases New Zealand’s most colourful and unique geothermal elements sculpted by thousands of years of volcanic activity.
Flight transfer Taupo to Cape Kidnappers – 1 hour
Far out to the east of Hawke’s Bay wine country, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers Luxury Lodge, sits atop rolling hills and rugged cliffs that give way to vast sea views and an ever-present horizon. Named as one of the world’s most extraordinary luxury destinations, set on a 6,000 acre sheep and cattle farm, this unique property not only offers an exquisite luxury lodge and spa, it also boasts one of the world’s top golf courses.
Ranked as one of the top two hotels in New Zealand and Australia by Travel + Leisure, and within the top 20 hotels in the world by Conde Nast Traveller, Cape Kidnappers delivers stunning exclusive guest experiences including the Can-Am Farm Tour, Kiwi Discovery Walk, Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony and much, much more.
Stay 3 nights in Cape Kidnappers.
Accommodation: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers boasts a par 71 championship golf course designed by Tom Doak. The golf course measures 7,119 yards (6,510 meters) and will challenge golfers of all skill levels. Completed in 2004, this spectacular New Zealand golf course has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf. Built on a ridge-and-valley landscape and with stunning sea views, Cape Kidnappers Golf Course plays high above the ocean atop dramatic cliffs.
With cliff-edge fairways perched 140 metres above sea level and with surface that remains firm and fast, this course offers holes unlike anything you will find elsewhere in the world. The golf complex includes a world-class practice range, putting and chipping greens, a well-stocked golf shop, club house and premium ladies’ and mens’ rental clubs are available.
A diverse range of activities can be arranged, from hikes across the farmland, to a visit to the gannet colony, picnics at Black Reef, can-am adventure tours, clay-bird shooting, shepherding shows, kiwi discovery walks, wildlife tours, horse riding and heli-fishing.
Hawke’s Bay, the destination in which the lodge is set, is one of New Zealand’s leading wine regions; notably for its red wines – cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah – and stunning chardonnays. It is also New Zealand’s Art Deco capital, with the cities of Napier and Hastings rebuilt in the architectural styles of the time following the devastating 1931 earthquake.
Flight transfer Cape Kidnappers to Queenstown – 4 hours
Today your journey takes you to Queenstown, the ultimate luxury destination on New Zealand’s South Island. From world-class luxury lodges to indulgent spa experiences, an array of world renown golf courses, Queenstown is a delight to experience.
Your accommodation in Queenstown is at Matakauri Lodge, spectacularly situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Matakauri’s take on luxury is understated and welcoming, with the stunning mountain landscape taking the place of honour. Voted one of the top five lodges in New Zealand and Australia, Matakauri is the ultimate sanctuary as well as a convenient base for exploring Queenstown.
For travelling partners not golf inclined the next few days can be spent at your leisure, either relaxing at Matakauri Lodge and perhaps indulging in spa treatments on offer, or adding an activity from the wide array available in Queenstown. Options range from guided nature walks and private cruises on Lake Wakatipu to more adrenaline-fuelled activities such as jet-boating and rafting.
Stay 4 nights in Queenstown.
Accommodation: Matakauri Lodge
The Hills is New Zealand’s most exclusive golf club. Members and guests enjoy an unparalleled level of service in a unique environment that incorporates a championship golf course with full practice facilities and the finest clubhouse hospitality.
Kiwi entrepreneur Sir Michael Hill’s private golf course in Arrowtown, was designed by Darby Partners and opened in 2007 to host The New Zealand Open. Set over 500 acres of land across a glacial valley, the layout highlights the dramatic elevation changes and rocky schist outcrops that are a feature of the area. Sculptures crafted by New Zealand artists compliment the natural beauty of the courses lakes, waterways and wetland areas. The 6596 meter par 72 championship course features numerous elevated tees offering players an excellent view of the challenge ahead and 360 degree views of spectacular snow capped mountain scenery. There are no parallel fairways and no two holes alike.
While primarily a private club, The Hills accepts a limited number of visitor bookings daily. Players visiting have access to the clubhouse, locker room facilities, and driving range for the day of their booking. The clubhouse restaurant is open to players for both breakfast and lunch, and food and beverages can be delivered on course by request.
With a backdrop of 2300 vertical metres of the Remarkables mountain range and an armchair view of outstanding lake panoramas, Jack’s Point Golf Course is one of the most visually spectacular in the world. As an 18 hole par 72 championship course it offers golfers of any calibre a challenging and unforgettable experience.
Jacks Point Golf Course works with nature, not against it. Designed with minimal excavation, the 6388 metre (7088 yard) course is built on the most spectacular of Jack’s Point terrain, weaving through tussocks grasslands, dramatic rock outcrops, steep bluffs and swathes of native bush to the edge of Lake Wakatipu. Stone walls adjacent to the fairways evoke its high country farming heritage, so the entire Jacks Point golf course has been designed to take advantage of its history and terrain – raw, dramatic and wild.
Set in a natural alpine amphitheatre against the backdrop of the Remarkables Mountain Range this 27 hole golf course exploits the dramatic terrain and delivers world-class golf. Millbrook is simply an unforgettable Queenstown golfing experience.
This award winning golf course has also been voted Best Golf Hotel at the World Golf Awards and named Oceania’s Best Golf Hotel in New Zealand. The course was originally designed by renowned professional golfer Sir Bob Charles, then renovated by Greg Turner in October 2010 with the addition of The Coronet Nine. Millbrook is a breathtaking environment to tee off at and offers three fabulous nine hole courses, each named after local prominent Queenstown landmarks- The Remarkables, The Arrow and The Coronet Nine.
Explore the Queenstown area today on an exclusive heli wine tour. Depart Queenstown mid-morning on a scenic helicopter flight into the dramatic Remarkables Range, where you will land amidst the alpine scenery to take in the spectacular views. From there, explore the gorges and valleys between Queenstown and Banockburn before arriving in the heart of the wine region.
Your guide will meet you at the Bannockburn vineyard to begin your private, chauffeured journey through Cromwell, Bannockburn and the Gibbston Valley wine regions. Indulge in the best of Central Otago with four wine tastings including an exclusive tasting hosted by a local winemaker or vineyard owner, a cheese and wine pairing at a local vineyard, and a superb a la carte lunch at Mt Difficulty.
Discover Queenstown today, there are many options available including lake cruises or discovering nearby towns such as Glenorchy and Arrowtown. If you are an adventurous soul, you may like to add on sky diving, bungy jumping, jet boating, rafting, heli-biking or a 4WD back country experience.
As your unforgettable New Zealand golf vacation draws to a close, soak in the views one last time before departing Queenstown.
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