Reflections on a Great Golf and Sightseeing Experience in New Zealand

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”


Matakauri Lodge Appears on Condé Nast Hot List 2011

Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown is the sister property of Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers.  It opened in August 2010 and has recently appeared on theCondé 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.


Queenstown Benefits from Two Hilton Hotels

Further to my post last May noting that Hilton were planning to open a hotel in Queenstown, they have thought better of this and decided to open not one hotel, but two in the Adrenaline sports hot spot. You can see further details by clicking here.

It should be noted that Queenstown is not just for the thrill seekers – there are some great courses including Jack’s Point and Millbrook, and just up the road in Arrowtown, you will find The Hills – which until recently was home to the New Zealand Open.  It is also a great base from which to travel to the stunningly beautiful Milford Sound and has some excellent wineries on its doorstep.

By Alastair Niven.  Alastair has been with PerryGolf for over10 years and is one of the agents responsible for our South Pacific programmes.


The Southern Alps

A Winter’s descent in NZ’s Southern Alps

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Owned and operated by American financier Julian Robertson, Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers were recently joined by a third N.Z. property, The Matakauri Lodge, in the ski and adventure sports Mecca of Queenstown. The Matakauri would subsequently make Condé Nast Traveller’s “2011 Hot List”, and, like its sister lodges, it’s almost absurdly scenic, chic and luxurious.

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About the Author: Gordon Dalgleish is the Co-Founding Director of PerryGolf, the leading provider of international golf vacations. You can find him on Google+


New Zealand Open?

It seems the currently homeless New Zealand Open has still not found a definite residence for 2011.  The event has been staged at the fantastic Hills course just outside Queenstown since 2007, but looks unlikely to be held there again in 2011.  Recently the favourite to hold the event has been Clearwater in Christchurch which is also a great course but not in such a beautiful setting.  We will await the final decision with interest and hope the event will actually go ahead.

The Hills Golf Club
The Hills Golf Club

Queenstown and Christchurch are both located on New Zealand’s South Island and offer some great courses in addition to the Open venues.  In Queenstown there is Jack’s Point Queenstown Golf Club (Kelvin Heights) and Millbrook; while in Christchurch there is Christchurch Golf Club (Shirley) and also getting into the foothills of the Southern Alps; Terrace Downs.  Either choice makes a great destination for a golf trip or the two can be combined with the inclusion a short flight.

For further details, click here.

By Alastair Niven.  Alastair has been with PerryGolf for over 9 years and is responsible for our South Pacific programs.