Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping - you’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland.
Acclaimed golf greens worth scalping are set against epic backdrops of alpine mountains, cliff or sandy beach coastlines, lakes and rolling hills. It is inspirational golfing at its pinnacle for novice and fanatics alike.
The only level of difficulty you need consider as a beginner or a pro is in choosing where to play. Want cliffs that shatter into the ocean combined with a championship course? Seek out Kauri Cliffs designed and built by David Harman of Golf Course Consultants, Florida. Stay at Kauri Cliff's resort-style "The Lodge" and you'll enjoy the spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Cape Brett and the Cavalli Islands. Kauri Cliffs is currently ranked 49th ranking golf course out of Top 100 courses in the world.
The subtropical Northland experience promises a contrast between the relative sophistication of the east coast and the soulful simplicity of the west coast.
Much of Northland's extensive coastline remains unspoilt - an aquatic playground for adventure activities and escapist relaxation. Whangarei and Opua are havens for international and local yachts; Tutukaka and Russell are game fishing hot spots; the beaches of Doubtless Bay are endlessly beautiful.
New Zealand's golf courses are of world standard set in scenery that is nothing short of out of this world. Whether you're thinking of a New Zealand golfing holiday or just a quick round of golf during your vacation, New Zealand is both a golfer's paradise and simply paradise for a round of golf.
The Lake Taupo region in New Zealand's volcanic heartland is rich in Maori tradition. It also has some of the country’s finest untouched, spacious and unique landscapes. The lake itself was the result of the most violent volcanic eruption the world has seen in the past 5000 years, the ash affected the sunsets as far away as Europe and China.
In Taupo itself, and at the little village of Tokaanu near Turangi, there are hot mineral springs that have been soothing weary souls for centuries. And the prawn burgers at the world's only geothermally heated prawn farm will blow you away.
Taupo, New Zealand has a superb selection of golf courses catering to all skill levels.
For travelers, Hawke’s Bay Wine Country presents an eclectic mix of visual and sensual experiences. The region is New Zealand’s leading producer of red wines, has the greatest concentration of Art Deco architecture and hosts the country’s most elaborate celebrations of Matariki - the Maori New Year. As if that weren’t enough, Hawke’s Bay is also known for its artisan gourmet foods and glorious beaches that stretch from Mahia Peninsula in the north to Porangahau in the south.
If Cape Kidnappers were a book, it would be described as an epic. The Cape figures in Maori mythology, and its name immortalizes the first visit by Captain Cook in 1770. From the long driveway up the hill to the commanding views of Hawke's Bay, everything here is at a grand scale, and it was a challenge to build a golf course to match.
Wellington, known as New Zealand’s arts and culture capital, offers an unmatched blend of culture, heritage, fine food, and lively arts and entertainment.
Surrounded by hills and a rugged coastline, the city boasts a stunning harbour. Wellington’s charm is that it serves up a vibrant inner city experience with a slice of New Zealand scenery. And because of its compact nature, you can sample it all - boutique shopping, art galleries, trendy cafes and restaurants. Right on its doorstep is a network of walking and biking trails with beautiful wineries and vineyards just a few hours away.
A capital city could not be placed in a more dramatic setting than the rugged bush-clad hills and magnificent sheltered harbor of Wellington.
The leafy suburbs that sprawl across Wellington’s steep hillsides allow precious little space for golf courses, so only four are close to the city centre. However, there is fast motorway access to west coast beaches and Lower and Upper Hutt, so over 20 courses can be reached within an hour’s drive.