Golf in New Zealand
New Zealand is one of the top destinations in the world for Luxury golf holidays with an astonishing array of golf courses to choose from. With close to 400 golf courses it has one of the highest concentration of golf courses per person in the world.(Its actually second after Scotland).NZ has two distinct areas – the North Island (Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton ,Taupo & Napier are towns there which are golf centric destinations) & the larger in area but less populous South Island (Christchurch & Queenstown/Arrowtown).With just 4.5mn people & 400 golf courses its no wonder that Golf is the No 1 & No 2 sport for women & men respectively.

The golf courses are open through the week usually in the North Island area while the South Island courses are more prone to high and low season because of the cooler winter weather in the Southern island area .Carts are available at almost all of the golf courses except the Titirangi GC . When visiting Auckland & NZ in general always pack a rainproof jacket as well as sunglasses and sunscreen during the spring and summer due to New Zealand’s high UV rating.Self-driving Golf holidays are the norm here and are also one of the most relaxing ways to enjoy New Zealand’s landscape. The roads are scenic and traffic is very low.Motorists drive on the LHS of the road & distances are in km.s The speed limit on highways and open roads is 100 kilometres per hour (approx. 60 miles per hour). In cities and urban areas the speed limit is 50 kilometres per hour.

GOLF: Featured below are some of the top layouts in the North Island & South Island

TOP LAYOUTS (NORTH ISLAND) : Rated on the basis of their rankings

1.Kauri Cliffs, Kerikeri- (located 3.5 hours north of Auckland) – 18/7151 yards/72 -NO 1 course in NZ
2.Cape Kidnappers ,Napier -(located 5 hours south east of Auckland) -18/7147 yards /71- No 2 course in NZ
3.Kinloch,Lake Taupo (Located 3 hours south west of Auckland) – 18/7363 yards/72- Rated in the TOP 5 in NZ
4.Wairakei 18/7047 yards/72, Lake Taupo – Rated in the Top 10 in NZ
5.Titirangi 18/6590 yards /70 -Located in Auckland -Rated in the TOP 10 in NZ
6.Paraparaumu 18/6577 yards/71-Located 45 mins north of Wellington city – A top 10 course
7.Gulf Harbour 18/7008 yards /72 -30 mins north of Auckland – A top 10 course
8.Royal Wellington GC -18/7219/72 – Located 25 mins from downtown Wellington
9.Muriwai 18/6759 yards/70-located 40 mins North west of Auckland

The bulk of the golfers who visit New Zealand choose to stay at Auckland & play some of the top courses there & then head to Napier to play Kauri cliffs (6N/7D trip).The other option is to play rounds in Auckland & then head to Lake Taupo & the Napiers/Hastings belt & play the Kinloch ,Wairakei & Cape Kidnappers courses (This is usually a 8N/9D trip) . You could also do a 2 week trip that involves travelling from Auckland to Wellington (its about 670 kms between the 2 cities) while playing the top courses in Auckland/LakeTaupo /Napier & Wellington (Wellington has the Royal Wellington & Paraparaumu golf layouts to play at )

TOP LAYOUTS (SOUTH ISLAND) : Rated on the basis of their rankings

1.Jacks point ,Queenstown- – 18/6986 yards/72 -TOP 5 course in NZ
2.The Hill ,Arrowtown -18/7285 yards /72- 2015 NZ Open venue
3.Millbrook,Queenstown – 27 holes- Rated in the TOP 10 in NZ
4.Terrace downs GC -18/7006 yards /Par 72
5.Clearwater GC -18/7136 yards /72 Christchurch area
6.Christchurch GC- 18/6900 yards/72
7.Queenstown GC -18/6674 yards/Par 72
8.Arrowtown GC -18/5915 yards /Par72

The top itinerary when golfers play the South Islands area is to head to Queenstown & play the 5 top golf courses there – Jack’s point,The Hill , Millbrook , Queenstown GC & Arrowtown GC .They are all located within a 20 minute radius & provide a exhilarating choice of world class layouts with amazing views to play on .

ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES :The country is made up of some of the worlds most spectacular landscapes, from vast mountain ranges, steaming volcanoes to sweeping coastlines. It is a natural playground for thrill seekers and adventurers and those who simply want to visit for the culture and landscapes.Auckland is a bustling city with plenty of bars , restaurants & shopping activities.

WEATHER : New Zealand has a largely temperate climate. While the North Island area has subtropical weather during summer the inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10 C in winter. Most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and abundant sunshine.The Auckland area & North Island is good for golf through the year with low temperatures of 6- 9 C in Winter ( June to August period).The north of New Zealand is subtropical and the south temperate. The warmest months are December, January and February, and the coldest June, July and August. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20 – 30ºC

Because New Zealand lies in the Southern Hemisphere, the average temperature decrease as you travel south. The South is not good for golf for atleast 4 months of the year and then is okay for golf for another 4 months .The best season to play golf in the south ( especially the Queenstown area) is from Dec to March/mid April.

HOW TO GET HERE:

1) NORTH ISLAND – Fly into Auckland or Wellington . Auckland is the bigger city with much better golf courses and also is more accessible to the fabulous 4 courses in the North Island – Cape Kidnappers , Kauri Cliffs ,Kinloch & Wairakei.

2) SOUTH ISLAND – Most visitors fly into Christchurch and head to Queenstown. Queenstown has a International Airport that is well served by domestic and international flights by major airlines .Air New Zealand, Qantas Airways, Virgin Australia and Jetstar make a variety of international and domestic flights into and out of Queenstown.
Daily domestic connections link Queenstown with New Zealand’s main centres of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.