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A journey with individual character and a combination of attractions, culture, active experiences of nature and some of the most beautiful golf courses of our islands - ideal for traveller's who want to experience the genuine New Zealand, off the beaten tourist tracks and would like to play their game amidst our overwhelming nature.

The vehicle, accommodation and ferries will be booked for you. Travel relaxed without the need for a time-consuming search for accommodation.

On many small hikes (if you wish) in some of the most beautiful national parks, you will experience the scenic highlights of both islands: rainforests, volcanoes, geysers, glaciers, mountain lakes, beaches and - in contrast - the big cities.

New Zealand, the double island on the other side of the globe, is a paradise for friends of nature. Nowhere else will you find climate zones, scenerie's and vegetation as diverse and close to each other than here. Bush walking, the name that New Zealand has given hiking, is the most direct way to experience Nature's beauty. Therefore, this tour also offers many possible hikes and walks in the most beautiful national parks. You will see sleeping and active volcanoes, lonely bays, deep mountain lakes, geysers and thermal areas as well as fiords and rain forests. Experience the "double culture" of Polynesian Maori and European immigrants with their diverse traditions and feel the flair of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.


Special Highlights:

  • Beautiful golf courses on two islands in very different surroundings
  • Waitomo Caves - the glow worm caves on the North Island
  • Wai-O-Tapu - 5 million years of Earth's history
  • Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach
  • Tongariro National Park
  • Visit of a vineyard
  • Cruise Milford Sound and Queen Charlotte Sound

Why choose this trip? Tips from our guides:

  • With the wet and cold season in Europe starting, at the other end of the world the spring has just arrived in New Zealand. Or come in our autumn - the perfect way to prepare yourself for your summer, by warming yourself up after a northern winter!
  • Experience culinary delights and finest wines in fantastic nature
  • 8th wonder of the World - the Milford Sound, rainforests, half-deserts, alpine high country, volcano plateaus and the most beautiful coastal areas untouched since the last glacial period! An intense experience of Nature!
  • Free days with the option for more activities or just time to relax
  • Excursion to the Yellow-eyed Penguins, one of the rarest species of penguins in the world! You will only find them in the south of New Zealand!

Price in EURO per Person in one room from ca. 5.150,00 in Hotel/Motel 3*+ w/Cruise

Stay at Hotel/Motel 3*+, Studio         (Whale)       (Cruise)

Stay at Hotel/Motel 3*+, Studio         (Whale)        (Cruise)

Stay at Hotel/Motel 4*+, Studio         (Whale)        (Cruise)

Stay at B&B 3* incl. breakfast           (Whale)         (Cruise)

Price on the basis of 2 travellers in one room, Driver/Guide in one additional room.

Price and availability are subject to change due to the booking situation in high season (October until End of April incl).

Services:

  • Airport transfers
  • 20 nights in Motels/Hotels 3*+ incl. Kitchenette, without breakfast
  • or in Bed & Breakfast 3* incl. Breakfast
  • Driver/Guide (incl. salary and cost for accommodation (see above), Vehicle, Taxes, Fees and Diesel (approx.) )
  • Ferry crossing: Wellington - Picton
  • 2x Entry Wai-o-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland
  • 2x Individual, half-day cruise in the Queen Charlotte Sound or Whale Watch
  • 1x Tee-Off Fees for the golf courses mentioned (price for tee offs valid as of 31. March 2017, subject to change)
  • Support by our office in Taupo
  • Insider tips

Non-service:

International flights, additional trips and excursions

Please note:

There are 2 overnight stay varieties for this tour.

1. Overnight in B&B of middle class incl. Breakfast. Other categories on request.

2. Overnight in Motels or Motor Lodges of middle class without Breakfast.

Price on the basis of 2 travellers in one room. Price and availability are subject to change due to the booking situation in high season (October until End of April incl.).

Accommodation:

The right choice of overnight stays is very important to us as at the end of an active day, every guest would like to relax in comfortable and pleasant surroundings. In cities such as Auckland, Christchurch or Queenstown, we use centrally located 3-4 star hotels/motels. In other areas we prefer selected accommodation "NZ-owned and operated" where possible, combining Kiwi authenticity with the comfort of a good 3-4 star accommodation.

Motels: Meals/Breakfast:

In most of the accommodation you will be able to order breakfast. Some accommodation also have a Restaurant where one can get breakfast. The prices vary between NZ$16 und NZ$25 (e.g. "Continental" with toast, cheese, luncheon, marmalade/jam and cereal or "Cooked/English Breakfast" with eg. scrambled or fried eggs and tomatoes, bacon and baked beans). You can go shopping for your own breakfast as most units have cooking facilities, microwave and sink, some have an electric cooker or hob / electric frying pan.

Gluten-free food is available all over New Zealand.

Individual extension of your vacation with the option e.g. Bay of Island and Cape Reinga or the Cook Islands can be included, if wished. 

Individual extension of your vacation with the option e.g. Bay of Island and Cape Reinga or the Cook Islands can be included, if wished.

Vehicle:

People Mover Hyundai IMAX, built 2014

Possible hikes/walks: all hikes/walks have an easy to medium rating

  • Cathedral Cove (tide dependent)                                                          ca. 2h
  • Hot Water Beach (tide dependent)                                                        ca. 1h
  • Wai O Tapu Wonderland                                                                        ca. 2h
  • Huka Falls                                                                                               ca.1/12h
  • Waitomo - Ruakuri Walk                                                                         ca. 3h
  • Beach walk west coast/North Island                                                      ca. 1h
  • Pancake Rocks                                                                                        ca. 1h
  • Hokitika Beach                                                                                        ca. 1 - 2h
  • Mt. Cook National Park - Kea Point                                                        ca. 1h
  • Mt. Cook National Park - through the valley of the Hooker Glacier     ca. 3h
  • Botanical Garden Christchurch                                                              ca. 1-3h

Itinerary:

1. Day - Arrival in Auckland.

A Shuttle will bring you to your hotel in the centre of Auckland, just minutes away from the wharfs. The rest of the day is at your own disposal. You have time (depending on your flight arrival time) to explore the City of Sails. Your accommodation is close to the so-called 'Viaduct Basin' - the yacht harbour of Auckland's millionaires - so that it is easy to find interesting places and the many restaurants and pubs. And a lot of good restaurants and pubs and bars are just minutes away from your hotel.

Perhaps you can already find your first restaurant for your first dinner in New Zealand? In the evening you will see your driver/guide for a Meet and Greet and you can address details of this tour. 

ON: Auckland

2. Day - Auckland - First round at Formosa Golf Club Auckland 18 hole, Par 72.a

Today you will play your first round of golf already, on a course that is one of the longest golf courses in New Zealand - 6650 m; the course has wonderful views of the Hauraki Gulf. It has been designed by golf legend Bob Charles and is counted as one of the best in the world. The course has been the venue for the New Zealand Golf Open 1998.

For Non-Golfers: Use the day to explore Auckland, by bus or on foot. Go shopping or try one of the excellent restaurants - maybe even on the Sky City Tower! It is still the highest building in the southern hemisphere! We could organise a guided City Tour for you. 

ON: Auckland

3. Day - To the beaches! /3h 20m

We leave New Zealand's largest city to reach your first goal Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula. If weather permits, we will drive the scenic (albeit longer) route along the beautiful coasts of the Hauraki Gulf.

Visit Hot Water Beach close to Whitianga, where you can dig your own hot pool at low tide, and walk to Cathedral Cove, one of the most famous photo scenes in the country. Go for a dip in the blue waters or walk Cooks Beach/Hahei, go kayaking, or on a tour with a glass bottom boat. 

ON: Whitianga

4. Day - Hot water everywhere! /3h 30m

Along the coast of the "Bay of Plenty", we are on your way to the centre of Maori culture - Rotorua. We will pass many kiwi orchards as these grow plentiful here, because of the mild climate. Go for a walk around town and this evening you have the possibility to visit a Maori Village with a Hangi, which is the traditional feast of Maori. You will also see demonstrations of dances and a traditional welcome ceremony. Thousands of years ago this area was shaped by volcanic activity and still is one of the most impressive of New Zealand's thermal areas with its high-fizzing geysers and bubbling mud pools. Optional: Maori Village and Hangi Dinner Concert ca. NZ$120pp.

ON: Rotorua

5. Day - Wai O Tapu Wonderland "How the world began" /1h

Experience the power of the Earth and 5 million years of geological history while walking through Wai O Tapu Wonderland, the tribal area of the Arawa Maori. Here (outside of the park) you could bathe in a natural hot spring. On our way to Taupo on the crater lake by the same name we stop at the Huka Falls. The Waikato River (New Zealand's Rhine) narrows from a width of ca. 100m to ca. 15m. The resulting bubbling water gave the place its Maori name- Huka = foam. You will stay at New Zealand's largest inland lake for a couple of days to be able to do some trips from this central place into the surrounding area.

How about a relaxing afternoon in the Hot Pools? Wairakei Terraces offers large pools with different temperatures as well as massages! Or how about a trip on a quadbike?

ON: Taupo

6. Day - Taupo

Your next Tee-off is Kinloch, about 20 Minutes from Taupo. This course (world-class championship Par 72) has been designed by Jack Nicklaus and judged New Zealand's No. 1 Golf Course by NZ Golf Pros. Golf Digest Magazine lists this golf course as ranked at 76 in their Top 100.

Non-golfing Options

1. A quiet day - admire the surrounding area (esp the volcanoes of Tongariro National Park) from the lake, book a cruise. And in the afternoon pure relaxation in the hot pools of Wairakei Terraces or DeBretts??

2. Day trip to Waitomo Caves -- Taupo - Waitomo Caves - Taupo /3h 50m

The caves are famous for their so-called "Glow Worms" (but not the fireflies you know). These are transparent glowing larvae of fungus gnats hanging from the ceiling of the caves. The soundless cruise is an experience ... as if moving underneath a unique starry sky. Once there, you have a choice of different cave trips. The visit of the caves only is from at the moment ca. NZ$50pp, and NZ$235pp for "Black Water Rafting" (e.g. Kiwi Cave Rafting NZ$150, Triple Cave Combo NZ$118 or Black Labyrinth Tour NZ$135). Further Options at Waitomo Caves: Waitomo - Ruakuri Walk: Tunnel walk through wild, spectacular karst scenery, ca. 3 h. 

3. Tongariro Crossing - You will be picked up at your accommodation early in the morning by a special Shuttle (at the moment $60pp return) which will bring you to the start of this walk. This hike will take you between 5 - 7 hours, on depending how fit you are and how many breaks (for photos) you make. In the afternoon another of these shuttles will pick you up at the end of the walk and bring you back to your accommodation in Taupo.

4. Day trip to Napier - City tour, National Aquarium, drive the Hawke's Bay, wine tasting. - or Hamilton - our only, organic tea plantation, boat trip on the Waikato River,  Hamilton Gardens. 

ON: Taupo.

7. Day - Our Art Deco City / 1h 50m

You could book a cruise on Lake Taupo this morning, before we carry on to Napier, a beautiful city on the Pacific coast. In 1931 a massive earthquake destroyed the city almost completely, but it was beautifully re-built 2 years later in the "Style Moderne" of the Art Deco Epoch.

Explore this small city and discover the lovingly restored or newly built buildings in the Art Deco Style! Walk along the coastline, visit our National Aquarium!

Prepare yourself for your next golf adventure! 

ON: Napier

8. Day - Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, Napier 18 Hole Par 71

A new course, designed by Tom Doak, it was voted the world's best golf course by the Daily Telegraph in 2008. Accept the challenge to play along the Cliffs - with a view to Napier, along Hawke's Bay, out onto the Pacific Ocean towards South America!

For Non-Golfers: Tour of the area - Napier and surrounds offer plenty of vineyards and fruit orchards for us to stop and taste - lunch, wine tasting, fresh fruit from the stalls along the roads! 

ON: Napier

9. Day - To our Capital / 4h 25m

Today we will travel through the Manawatu Gorge, carrying on with some stops on the west coast to our capital Wellington. Along the way, we visit one of the most beautiful beaches of this region and walk along the ocean, ca. 1-2h (Otaki).

Explore New Zealand's capital late this afternoon - the Parliament and the historic Quarter with St.Paul's Church; the views from Mt Victoria over the city and the harbour. Nice weather will even show you the South Island! What a lasting impression of the "most beautiful of capitals"!

Or spend time at our National Museum TE PAPA, directly on the waterside promenade, and combine this visit with an easy walk on that promenade. Entry is free.

The Māori name, 'Te Papa Tongarewa', translates literally to 'container of treasures'. A more comprehensive interpretation is 'our container of treasured things and people that spring from mother earth here in New Zealand.' Modern and interactive the museum shows New Zealand's history, Maori and their culture as well as very interesting aspects of the geological makeup of the island (a markedly intense experience of an earthquake simulation) and changing special exhibits. 

ON: Wellington 

10. Day - Wellington and ferry to South Island

After Breakfast walk to the Parliament, together with the Old Government Building (largest wooden building in the southern hemisphere) one of the biggest attractions of the city. Every hour, on the hour you can join a free guided tour. Or let a cable car bring you up the hill to the Botanical Gardens with wonderful views of the city.

The ferry will bring you to the South Island in the afternoon. Enjoy the crossing on the Cook Strait and the fiord-like arms of the Marlborough Sounds. A short, but impressive experience! There is time to explore the small harbour of Picton at the end of the picturesque Queen Charlotte Sound in the evening. 

ON: Picton.

11. Day - Coasts or Bays? / 4h 20m

In the morning you may either go on a Delivery Cruise on the picturesque Marlborough Sounds (Goal is the Bay of Furneaux Lodge. Some small walks in the surrounding area and a great lunch are available. The boat returns you to Picton later in the afternoon.) or we leave Picton early for a whale watch tour in Kaikoura!?

Please make your choice when booking! This day may be changed to a travel day due to the ongoing issues with the aftermath of the 2016 earthquake! Please inquire! We reach Christchurch in the evening. 

ON: Christchurch 

12. Day - Christchurch, our Garden City

Your next golfing adventure is the Clearwater Golf Club 18 Hole, Par 72. This course has been voted New Zealand's most demanding by the "New Zealand Golf Association". Designed by golfing legend Bob Charles.

For Non-Golfers:

  • City Tour in a Doppeldecker
  • Visit of the Botanical Gardens
  • Kayak or punting on the Avon River
  • Excursion to Akaroa, our French town on the Banks Peninsula

Description: Christchurch - Akaroa - Christchurch, 1h 20m one way

Akaroa is a pretty little French-style town in one of the most beautiful bays. The views of the town, bays, lakes and forests on this drive are fantastic. If you are interested, you can book a cruise of the harbour or to go out to swim with the Hector dolphins, the smallest and rarest dolphins of the world. The inquisitive dolphins are in the bay most of the year and greet the boats regularly.

Optional: boat trip Swimming with (Hector) Dolphins. Only 12 swimmers are allowed each trip. 

ON: Christchurch 

13. Day - The Wild Westcoast calls to you!! / 5h

This journey will let you feel the Southern Alps up close and personal! Through Arthur's Pass we will drive one of the most beautiful routes of the country to the other side of the South Island - the Wild West Coast! We will cross great viaducts, tight canyons and the grandiose Waimakariri Valley. You will have time for a short walk at Arthur's-Pass Village.

On the way from Greymouth, we visit the famous Pancake Rocks Punakaiki and walk among the rocks. This formation which indeed is reminiscent of a stack of pancakes, is especially impressive when the wild westwind is blowing - the waters of the Tasman Sea are being pushed up between the rocks and shoot spouts of water in the air. If time permits, we visit Shantytown Park (entry NZ$40pp incl. gold panning). Over 30 historic buildings transfer you into the time of the "Great Gold Rush" of the 1860s. An old, still working steam train Type 508 - Avonside Engine Company, Bristol, England built in 1877, invites you on a trip around the area.

If you wish to try your luck, try your hand at gold panning and who knows, maybe you will have another souvenir to take home!

In Hokitika you will experience one of the wildest parts of the west coast with the largest collection of driftwood you have ever seen! The town is famous for Gold and Greenstone (New Zealand Jade, Souvenir-Alarm!!). - and one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. And the view from the beach towards the mountains - breath-taking!

Do go for an evening walk on the wild beach and admire one of the most impressive sunsets you will ever see!

ON: Hokitika

14. Day - From the Wild Coast to the mountains / 5h 10m

On our longest drive we leave the coastal rainforest to reach Wanaka in the Mt. Aspiring National Park via Haast Pass. This area is a paradise for active travellers. Your photo collection can be greatly increased on this route, as there are many, many views worthy of being photographed! Maybe you have lunch at the Hard Antler Bar & Restaurant in Haast? Good food, impressive place!

You will have time to visit the famous Fox or Franz Josef glaciers. 

ON: Wanaka

15. Day - Wanaka

The Wanaka Golf Course, 18 Hole, Par 72, Par 71 for the ladies awaits you. The course with a length of 5661m offers great views of Lake Wanaka with the Southern Alps in the background. You have to play precisely to avoid the many trees and bunkers! Among the many other possibilities in this place is a relaxing walk along the lake and river! 

ON: Wanaka

16. Day - And now to our Adventure Capital / 1h 5m

From Wanaka to Queenstown it is a very short way through the mountains. Short, but impressive! (see, if you can spot the fence with the bras?!) Queenstown, the St. Moritz of New Zealand, offers a wide array of activities. Choose your activities for the times that you are not on the golf course.

For Non-Golfers: Whether you are interested in a jet boat trip or want to try a bungee jump (first commercial bungee in New Zealand), rafting, walking, hiking, steamboat trip across Lake Wakatipu with a high country farm visit or would like to try the fabulous Central Otago wines - almost everything is possible. 

ON: Queenstown

17. Day - Queenstown

On this day a tee off at the Millbrook Resort Golf Club, Queenstown 18 Hole, Par 72, is reserved. Here too you can feel the spirit of golfing legend Bob Charles. And it is all spiced up with a fantastic view the surrounding mountains, making it a unique experience. 

ON: Queenstown

18. Day - Queenstown

This is a free day which you can individually plan for. You may want to book a day trip to the 8th wonder of the world "Milford Sound" in Fiordland National Park. This Park is a World Heritage Area and a scenic boat trip through the dreamy background of the Sounds, surrounded by almost vertical rock of 1200m height is breath-taking and mystical. The drive there will lead you through one of the last mountain regions unchanged since the last ice age. 

ON: Queenstown  


19. Day - From mountains to really high mountains / 2h 25m

We carry on through the mountains into the high country to Mt. Cook National Park. With a height of 3754m Mt. Cook/Aoraki is the highest mountain in New Zealand. The Ben Ohau Golf Course (Holes: 9, Par: 72, Length: 5916 meters, Slope: 115) invites you to tee off amidst the mountain ranges.

For Non-Golfers: If the weather permits, you can go on a scenic flight over the Southern Alps.

The walk of about 1h to Kea Point or into the valley of the Hooker Glacier (about 3h) with views of Mt. Cook can be done from Mt. Cook Village.

Or you could just lean back and enjoy the imposing landscape. Something special would be a kayak tour on the Tasman Glacier Lake (4 - 5 h). You will be back in Twizel later this afternoon.

At night you could book a guided tour on Mt. John - the Mt. John Observatory Tour, as this region is one of the worldwide few with the official UNESCO "Dark Zone" status.

ON: Twizel 


20. Day - And finally our Garden City - again! / 4h

On our last leg of your tour we pass Lake Pukaki - when the weather is nice the views of the highest mountains are astounding. We follow the canal with its turquoise waters that connects this lake with Lake Tekapo. We stop at a salmon farm before you enjoy your last nature views on the Scenic Route to Christchurch.

Try one of the best pies of the country in Fairlie! 

ON: Christchurch 

21. Day - Shuttle Transfer to Airport and return home