My first visit to New Zealand was 1989. At that stage the country had a few good courses but none with significant international profile. I am just returning from a two-week trip escorting a group of PerryGolf clients through the North and South Islands of New Zealand and can unequivocally say that New Zealand is one of the great golf and lifestyle destinations. The intervening 30 years has seen a remarkable evolution in the golf and hospitality industry. Read more “Reflections on a Great Golf and Sightseeing Experience in New Zealand”
In addition to its unmistakable beauty, New Zealand enjoys a rich, interesting history and diverse cultural tradition.
Roughly one thousand years ago, the Maori traveled on canoes from Hawaiki to New Zealand, becoming the first visitors. Abel Tasman, a Dutchman, is credited as the first European to see the country and the British explorer Captain James Cook, aboard HMS Endeavour, famously came ashore in Eastland in October, 1769.
The Treaty of Waitangi, an agreement signed in 1840 between the Maori and British Crown, established British Law in New Zealand and is considered the nation’s founding document.
With a population of approximately 4.7 million today, New Zealand is the same size as the Republic of Ireland. Picturesque and unspoiled, the English-speaking nation of New Zealand consists of two main islands and is a coveted destination for travelers from around the globe.
PerryGolf takes you to New Zealand by land or sea, enabling guests to enjoy the bountiful beauty and adventure offered from the mountains to the coast throughout this magnificent location. The Best of New Zealand Escorted Tour is a 13-Night, 7-Round trip in November, 2018 while the New Zealand and Sydney Golf Cruise is a 16-Night voyage offering five or six rounds of golf, setting sail in January, 2019.
There are many, but here are five reasons we suggest you visit New Zealand
The brilliant English writer Rudyard Kipling called Milford Sound the “Eighth Wonder of the World” and one visit makes it easy to understand why the description fits. Carved from glaciers during the Ice Age, the sound features majestic waterfalls, rising a thousand meters above the dark water below. In season, seals, dolphins and penguins dot the water. Spectacular alpine scenery abounds and this body of water is beautiful from above or ground level.
Located on the eastern coast of the North Island, this town of 63,000 has an Art Deco community on par with Miami Beach. MTG Hawke’s Bay is a wonderful museum which details the massive 1931 earthquake which shook the city and the rebuild in the modern style, with clean, geometric shapes infused with a flair of flamboyance and touch of whimsy. Popular among tourists, the explorer Cook first noticed the beauty around Napier, making note of such during his original voyage and subsequent visit. The climate is ideal in January and February as well – average high of 75 degrees and average low of 58.
Completed in 2004, this Tom Doak design features 18 unique, challenging and scintillating holes. It’s like Pebble Beach on steroids. Every single hole offers a breathtaking view of the bay, located 400 feet below. We could write more, but here have a look for yourself.
Featuring an ideal climate with high sunshine, vineyards date back to 1851 in Hawke’s Bay. Whether you prefer a Bordeaux Blend, Chardonnay or a good Syrah, this vibrant region has a wine that will please your palate. It’s the oldest wine region in New Zealand and the second-largest. Altogether, reds account for 88 percent of the wines produced here, however, the Chardonnays shall not be neglected while traversing the Wine Trail, which includes 72 wineries. Visit internationally recognized wineries such as Mission Estate, Trinity Hill, Ashridge, Black Barn, Craggy Range, Elephant Hill, Te Mata Estate on a PerryGolf Escorted Tour and also savor the panoramic views from Te Mata Peak.
Anyone wanting to better understand the culture of New Zealand should include a visit to the Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings on their itinerary. The carvings took place over four years, completed in 1980. It’s one of many attractions available on this beautiful Lake Taupo. On a half-day snapshot tour of Taupo, enjoy a variety of contrasting scenery from wild river rapids to lush national park and steamy geothermal areas, as you visit local favorite attractions such as Huka Falls, Craters of the Moon, Aratiatia Rapids and much more.
Since my first visit to Hawke’s Bay 12+ years ago, I was very much taken by the ambience and lifestyle of the region. There is much to like about the area, which will explain why it attracts a healthy number of affluent people from around the world who could call anywhere home.