THE NORTH ISLAND:
Our Pioneer Golf packages to New Zealand will almost always stop at the two famous resorts, Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers. Both sit on large working farms and feature world class golf courses, a small spa, amazing views. The exclusive lodge accommodations normally include breakfast, pre-dinner cocktails and a gourmet dinner each evening. This is typical in the Kiwi lodges which are famous the world over.
Tara Iti is the new Tom Doak designed course and already ranked #23th in the world by Golf Magazine. Sometimes we can facilitate access to this very private venue, but they are now building a second course and some rooms to increase guest access.
Around Auckland are some terrific courses including Titirangi, an old Alistair Mackenzie classic, and the Royal Auckland GC which just completed a substantial Jack Nicklaus renovation. The Gulf Harbour course by RT Jones Jr overlooks the bay where they staged the America’s Cup sailing.
Lake Taupo, the gorgeous inland geothermal area boasts two fine courses in the challenging Kinloch GC by Jack Nicklaus. The Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary, which plays through a high fenced park, showcases native birds and animals for a truly unique experience.
Wellington is the New Zealand Capital City with two great courses. Paraparaumu is a true links in the Scottish fashion, and the exclusive Royal Wellington who opens their doors to Pioneer Golf travelers.
THE SOUTH ISLAND
Most golfers will add several days in Queenstown, the lake-mountain resort area famous for outdoor activities. Jacks Point is the most popular course, with The Hills, Millbrook and Arrowtown also frequent picks. Queenstown is where you need at least 1-2 free days for The Milford Sound, Bungy Jumping, Jet Boats, Lake Cruises, mountain gondolas and many other exciting activities.
Unfortunately the charming town of Christchurch suffered from earthquake damage some years back but there are some nice courses in the area including Christchurch GC, Terrace Downs and Clearwater. Some call Christchurch “the most English town outside of England”.