High expectations can often be dangerous when visiting a new restaurant, hotel or golf course.
In this case I recently had the occasion to play at Tara Iti Golf Club on the North Island of New Zealand…
Read more “Tara Iti Golf Club, Mangawhai, New Zealand”
On the course’s 10th anniversary, American golf architect Tom Doak has done a podcast discussing Cape Kidnappers, a spectacular layout in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Read more “Tom Doak & Cape Kidnappers Make New Zealand Golf Vacations”
From the Golf Channel, Jason Deegan writes, “”What distinguishes New Zealand golf from the U.S. is the courses are not part of the housing,” he said. “You can see the hills, the water, the mountains. The physical beauty of the courses is amplified by the surroundings. It’s a unique experience.”
Not to state the obvious, but New Zealand is a fantastic destination for golfers and non-golfers alike. Yes it does have fantastic golf courses; especially in the shape of Kauri Cliffs, Wairakei, Cape Kidnappers, Jack’s Pint and The Hills to name but a few; but it also offers some great activities for when you are not on the course. In the Bay of Islands you can cruise around the little islands off the coast, in Taupo see the awesome Huka Falls, in Napier take in a selection of great wineries and in Queenstown see some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. The Remarkables mountain range is on your doorstep and stunning Milford Sound is just a short flight over the Southern Alps.
Another activity that I had to do when I was there…a bungee jump! I understand it is not for everyone but bungee jumping originates (commercially anyway) in Queenstown so it was a must for me to do this at the original Kawarau Bridge site which is just a short drive out of Queenstown. I booked it the day before to avoid being disappointed however this did lead to a somewhat sleepless night beforehand. On arrival you register and make your way out to the bridge where, after a short wait and being harnessed safely, you are led out on the platform. Then it is up to you. I found it best not to think about it at all and just go for it. The sensation is incredible and as close to flying as I can image. If you are in need of some persuasion to have a go I can tell you it also does wonders to rejuvenate a tired back after golf!
By Alastair Niven. Alastair has been with PerryGolf for over 11 years and looks after of our South Pacific Programmes.
Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown is the sister property of Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers. It opened in August 2010 and has recently appeared on the “Condé Nast Traveller Hot List 2011” (click here for details). Matakauri is an outstanding property and a fantastic addition to Queenstown; it is a must stay while in the area as there is plenty to do and see and some of the scenery in this region of New Zealand is out of this world. The golf is also excellent with Jacks Point which boasts a backdrop of 2300 vertical metres of the razorback Remarkables mountain range. Need I say more!
By Denise McKee. Denise has been with PerryGolf for over 11 years and handles our South Pacific Programmes.