New Zealand Golf & Wellness Tour
Bryan (my sweetie, originally from NZ) and Christine (that’s me) designed this tour for couples where he loves to golf (that’s him)maybe she’s not so keen (that’s me), and both want a relaxing holiday in New Zealand with lots of local flavour.
NZ has wonderful scenery, amazing attractions, superb food & wine, friendly people.
The courses have been selected to provide challenges for golfers of all levels. Wherever possible you will mingle with local club members to create an authentic Kiwi golf experience.
Our aim is to ensure your day as a non-golfer is healthy, varied and fun with points of interest that are unique and different, and do so in a way that leaves you exhilarated – not exhausted.
See an outline of the itinerary below, or check out the full program http://www.christinekaywellness.com/nzgolf/
DAY 1–ARRIVAL: We’ll greet you, taking a tour of Auckland en route to the Hotel, ideally situated right on the waterfront, at 5pm we’ll get together in the hotel for a taste of local food favourites and a glass or two of Kiwi wine or beer.
DAY 2–MURIWAI: We’re all on the bus for 10.00am tee times at Muriwai. A touch of Scotland, Muriwai is one of NZ’s premier links courses with pot bunkering, sand dunes, the lot! Meanwhile, the non-golfers are going exploring, eventually heading for Kerr Farm Vineyard, where the golfers will join us for wine tasting.
DAY 3–GULF HARBOUR: Off for a ferry to Tiritiri Matangi Bird Sanctuary departing from Gulf Harbour for the non-golfers for peaceful NZ bush walks, birdsong and knowledgeable local guides. Golfers – Robert Trent Jones designed this beauty with ocean backdrops, cliff-lined fairways that will challenge your ability to focus on the holes at hand, with standards befitting the host of two NZ Opens.
DAY 4–WOW (WILD ON WAIHEKE): Wild on Waiheke Island is a vineyard, craft brewery and a playground for adult group activities. We’ll try archery and clay bird shooting, then wine and beer tasting.
DAY 5–TRAVEL: with a stop at Hobbiton, where we’ll enter the land of Hobbit Holes, the Dragon Inn, the double arched bridge and get an inside look at where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was based. Afterwards we head up on the central volcanic plateau to NZ’s largest lake, Lake Taupo, for 5 nights in lakeside accommodation.
DAY 6–WAIRAKEI: We drop off the golfers at Wairakei, consistently voted by Kiwis as NZ’s number #1 course, all set within a bird and local flora sanctuary and then on to nearby Wairakei Terraces. Here each non-golfer will get a ‘Maori massage’ and the opportunity to relax in thermal hot pools and spa baths.
DAY 7–KINLOCH/ORAKEI KORAKO: The golfers play Kinloch, contoured fairways and “natural” bunkering protect undulating greens that will challenge the very best of putters. Not for the faint of heart. The others are off to Orakei Korako, a geothermal wonderland with silica terraces, caves, mud pools, and geysers.
DAY 8–FREE DAY: The choices are endless. Fishing charters, boat cruises, jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking, walking trails. You’re ideally located just to mosey around the lake and the town. (For golfers, there’s an optional day excursion to Cape Kidnappers – min. 4 people, $650pp includes transportation and green fees)
DAY 9–TAUPO GC & JENNY: Home & Garden day. Our gracious host is Jenny Bishop, as featured in NZ House & Garden in 2011. Jenny will show her own garden, set in an exclusive corner of Taupo, then guide us around Waipahihi Botanical Gardens and on to Café L’Arte, a wonderful mix of great food and local artists’ pieces. Afterwards we join the golfers for dinner at Taupo Golf Club. A rare 36 hole facility, Taupo GC attracts lots of NZ amateur events in a mature park setting that is very walkable. We’ll be playing the better of the two courses, Centennial, joining in with a local business group and meeting them for dinner afterwards.
DAY 10–ALL THINGS MAORI: A short trip to Rotorua where we’ll tour Whakarewarewa, the Maori thermal village, absorb Maori culture, get up close to the thermal wonders and learn how to do the hongi, the traditional Maori greeting. You are free to explore until the evening when you’ll enjoy a Maori hangi-style feast and the Matariki Concert Party showcasing their Maori heritage.
DAY 11–ROTORUA: Rotorua is one of NZ’s tourist hot spots. We’ll visit the long famous Blue Baths mid-morning. These pools and spas are set in the Government garden grounds. Even if the pools don’t cure all your ailments you may choose to return for their evening cabaret.
DAY 12–TRAVEL: Back to Auckland. You’ll have a chance to shop or relax before the Wrap-up Dinner with a menu geared to local dishes and NZ wine.
DAY 13–TITIRANGI: Final day of the tour. Last chance for golf at Titirangi. A suburban course with large sections of the course tucked into natural bush surroundings, it’s the only NZ course designed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie (think Augusta!) Titirangi has challenges and features shared by no other NZ course such as four par 3s each one facing the 4 corners of the compass. Home to past NZ Opens and a true test of golf. Walkable, and with locals to golf with. The non-golfers have the day free for last minute shopping (the major Downtown shopping area is just minutes away) and a “surprise” excursion planned for you. Late afternoon departure to Auckland airport.
Land Tour Price $4,150 Single Occupancy add $975
The price of the tour includes:
- All overnight accommodation.
- Full breakfast daily, plus mixer on Day 1; 3 dinners
- All golf course fees and charges – with the exception of the Cape Kidnappers option as per Day 8
- All entrance fees and charges for non-golf activities as per the itinerary.
- All taxes – please note no gratuities are necessary in New Zealand.
- Transport by deluxe air-conditioned coach.