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New Zealand Golf Vacations
Recent winner of "Undiscovered Golf Destinations of the World", New Zealand offers first class golf amidst stunning natural scenery.
The North Island features some of New Zealand’s best courses including Gulf Harbour CC, (Host of the 1998 World Cup), and Wairakei Golf Resort, (Rated among the top 20 golf courses in the world outside the USA). The South Island also features some of New Zealand’s most breathtaking courses including Clearwater CC (which hosted New Zealand’s PGA tournament in 2005), and Terrace Downs. No country beats New Zealand for physical beauty and on your golf tour you have the opportunity to visit some of the most scenic places on Earth. From the cosmopolitan, harbor city of Auckland, to the famous Huka Falls, to the volcanic areas of Rotorua, or cruising Milford Sound, New Zealand will leave you amazed and wanting more!
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Accomodation Highlights: Wairekei Resort
Today, Wairakei Resort is the largest international 4-star resort in the central North Island. Just 10 minutes north of the Lake Taupo township and surrounded by a wonderful variety of recreation and adventure activities, we are the ideal choice for your next holiday or conference.
Two stunning outdoor swimming pools beckon. Six large spa pools provide luxurious relaxation at day’s end. The Pavilion and Fairways Restaurants delight every sense. Our two bars offer a choice of setting to suit your social style.
Visit our spacious, fully-equipped gymnasium, squash court, tennis courts and sauna to energise body and mind. Play a round on our own 9-hole golf course, nestled in lush ever-green surrounds.
Rest in our manicured gardens, or spoil yourself with a divine beauty and body treatment. Of course, you can just forget the world around you exists and do nothing but relax in your suite – with room service at your beck and call any hour of the day.
Whether lively or languid, your most memorable New Zealand holiday awaits you at Wairakei Resort.
Golf Highlights: Gulf Harbour Country Club
Spectacular finishing holes, ocean views, rolling terrain and being designed by one of the world's great golf course designers, Robert Trent Jones II, all combine to make the Gulf Harbour Country Club one of the most exciting golf layouts in New Zealand.
This 6,400 metre, par 72 golf course is located at Gulf Harbour on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, just north of Auckland. It meanders through native grasses and vegetation and has a natural look and feel from start to finish.
Four sets of tees assure playability for every calibre of golfer, from beginners to professionals. Like all great courses, Gulf Harbour tantalises players with a variety of exciting holes. Several feature risk and reward opportunities, and none are tricked-up or artificial.
Golf Highlights: Wairakei Golf Resort
Wairakei International was built by the New Zealand government's Tourist Hotel Corporation in 1970. Spreading over 450 acres of natural rolling land the design was overseen by one of the most impressive combination of golf course architects ever seen at that time. Commander John Harris, Michael Wolveridge and 5 times British Open winner, Peter Thompson all combined to produce New Zealand 's first internationally recognised championship course.
Wairakei International golf course is set in the heart of the scenic Wairakei Tourist Park. The beautiful landscaping and magnificent tree lined fairways make a golf experience not to be missed.
This layout is so impressive, that in 1996 it was rated the 17th best golf course in the world outside of America by US Golf Digest magazine and is also featured in the exclusive World Atlas of Golf.
Golf Highlights: Cape Kidnappers
When American Julian Robertson decided to build a second golf course in New Zealand that could rival if not better his first, [the amazing Kauri Cliffs] he knew he had to do something special. He commissioned Tom Doak, probably the hottest Golf Course architect in the last 10 years and obtained a site of rare and awesome beauty.
Cape Kidnappers sits above towering cliffs with every hole having a view of the Pacific ocean. Parts of the design incorporate several picturesque fairways along the edge of the cliff tops, with greens situated where any ball that badly misses will plunge down into the ocean.
This course indeed rivals the David Harman designed Kauri Cliffs, New Zealand's highest rated course, [No. 49 in the world, US Golf Magazine's 2003 list] as well as many other top golf courses in the world.
Sightseeing highlights: Milford Sound
Lying at the most northern and accessible end of Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is reached either by road, air or foot. The road to Milford Sound is considered to be one of the world’s finest alpine drives. There are plenty of tour operators providing travel to Milford, or you can take your own time and drive yourself. Visitors to Milford normally opt for a cruise of the sounds by launch, and the experience for most is unforgettable. This is a unique opportunity to get close up views of some of the best scenery Fiordland has to offer. Be inspired as mountain peaks soar overhead and waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres into the sea below. Often, dolphins accompany your cruise up the sound and seals are a common sight as they bask on rocks.
Sightseeing Highlights: Rotorua
The heartland of New Zealand, spiritual home to the Maori, nature’s spa of the South Pacific, host to some of the world’s most incredible earth forces, and the country’s adventure playground – Rotorua boasts an array of icon experiences that together encapsulate the essence of our remarkable country. Our welcome to you is “Rotorua – feel the spirit – Manaakitanga”.