New Zealand Escorted Golf Vacation 2018

The Best of New Zealand Escorted 2018*
Taupo, Napier and Queenstown

13 Nights | 7 Rounds | November 5-18

*Your Host for this Tour Will Be PerryGolf Co-Founder Gordon Dalgleish. Read More

We begin in the beautiful, lake-front city of Taupo to enjoy three nights and two rounds of golf. Spending our first day here at leisure, we can enjoy the magnificent natural sights lining the edge of Australasia’s largest lake. We will play challenging but memorable courses in this leg of the tour starting at Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary, where over 100 bunkers and water hazards provide both a visual beauty and challenge, then onto The Kinloch Club, designed by ... Read More.

world renowned golfer and course designer, Jack Nicklaus.

Next, we drive just under two hours south-east to Napier, a coastal city on New Zealand's North Island, set amid the renowned wine-producing region of Hawke's Bay. Rebuilt after a 1931 earthquake, the city is known for art deco landmarks like the zigzag-patterned Daily Telegraph Building. Our time in the coastal city consists of learning about the rich art deco history, and indulging in the best of Napier’s food and wine on a winery tour. The ‘peak’ of our time in Napier is golf at the breathtaking Cape Kidnappers, a Tom Doak designed golf course which is amongst the most spectacular courses in the world. The clever use of the layout is best seen from the air, where Doak has used the natural landscape to craft some magnificent, memorable and challenging golf holes. Spending our evenings in the luxury boutique hotel of Mangapapa, our time in Napier is short and sweet, enjoying three nights and one incredible round of golf.

From Napier, we transfer to the country’s capital city, Wellington. Our time here includes two rounds of golf at world-renowned courses. We begin with a round at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, the magnificent course which hosted the New Zealand Open Championship on twelve occasions, as well as newly designed Royal Wellington Golf Club; a championship course in a stunning parkland setting, arguably one of the finest club courses and club house in New Zealand.

Our final leg of the tour consists of four nights in Queenstown, playing two rounds of golf at two of the best courses the South Island has to offer. Awe-inspiring mountains and picturesque fresh water lakes has made Queenstown a golf lovers’ paradise. Our golf here includes Jack’s Point Golf Club, a course bounded by the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu and Millbrook Resort’s spectacular par 72 championship golf course, designed by New Zealand's renowned master golfer, Sir Bob Charles. Staying at Hotel St Moritz, we won’t have to wander far to be immersed by the beauty ‘natural playground’ of Queenstown.

If you enjoy combining your love of the game with a passion for travel, you’ll find a lot to like about this escorted experience for a very limited size group of 20-24 golfers. Arrangements are in place for every aspect of this fully managed program including various meals, guided sightseeing, carts/caddies and local transportation. It is an excellent opportunity for couples and individuals to join a group of like-minded future friends!

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Date Golf Sightseeing Social & Events Lodging
Nov 5   Day at Leisure Arrive, Welcome Dinner Hilton, Taupo
Nov 6 Wairakei  Taupo Orientation    
Nov 7 Kinloch  Lake Cruise    
Nov 8   Napier Motor Coach Transfer to Napier Mangapapa, Napier
Nov 9 Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony    
Nov 10   Hawke's Bay Wine Tasting, Lunch  
Nov 11   Wellington Orientation Motor Coach Transfer to Wellington, Lunch Intercontinental , Wellington
Nov 12 Paraparaumu Beach Wellington    
Nov 13 Royal Wellington  Lord of the Rings Tour Lunch  
Nov 14   Helicopter Tour Fly to Queenstown Hotel St Moritz, Queenstown
Nov 15 Millbrook Lake Wakatipu Cruise Lunch  
Nov 16   Fly / Cruise Tour of Milford Sound Stratosfare Restaurant (Optional)  
Nov 17 Jack's Point Central Otago Wine Tasting, Farewell Dinner  
Nov 18     Depart  
13 Nights | 7 Rounds | November 5-18



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Detailed Itinerary



Arrive at Taupo airport where you will be met by PerryGolf staff who will assist you to your private transfer awaiting to take you to the Hilton Lake Taupo. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy Taupo.

The Welcome Dinner will be reserved in a nearby local restaurant.

OVERNIGHT: Hilton Lake Taupo – Lakeview Room


GOLF: Play Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary which sprawls over its expansive property using the natural contours to the fullest. Over 100 bunkers are carefully positioned to catch errant shots and cleverly placed water hazards provide both a visual beauty and challenge. Officially opened in 1970, the course lies on 450 acres of natural rolling countryside and was developed to meet the rigorous design standards required for world class championship competition.

SIGHTSEEING (for non-golfers): Today is a chance to 'get to know' Taupo on this great half a day Taupo snapshot private tour. 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. Golfers to join partners after golf to visit Huka Falls and perhaps take up an optional thrill ride on a Huka Jet to see the Huka Falls up nice and close!

OVERNIGHT: Hilton Lake Taupo – Lakeview Room


GOLF: The Kinloch Club has been designed by world renowned golfer and course designer, Jack Nicklaus and has been lauded for its quality design and testing challenge. Ideally situated in the central portion of the North Island, with spectacular views of Lake Taupo. At Kinloch, the land's characteristics feature fast-moving contours and knobs, and Nicklaus recreated that same look in the golf course. Many have described this links like layout as a course reminiscent of the coastal gems in Scotland.

SIGHTSEEING: Morning at leisure for non-golfers. Perhaps a short stroll around part of the lake or relax in a thermal pool at nearby Wairakei Terraces. In the afternoon the whole group will relax on a scenic cruise on the picturesque Lake Taupo taking in the famous Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings and full commentary on the volcanic history and Maori mythology surrounding Lake Taupo. Afternoon tea will be provided and an optional chance to try some fishing and catch a trout!

OVERNIGHT: Hilton Lake Taupo – Lakeview Room


This morning you will transfer from Taupo to Napier (2 hours). The major entertainment on the road from Taupo to Napier is the fantastic scenery. There's a bit of everything—rugged hills, beautiful valleys, gentle plains and huge vistas.

SIGHTSEEING: Today you will tour this beautiful city and see many Art Deco highlights. Nowhere else can you see such a variety of buildings in the styles of the 1930s - Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission, and above all Art Deco, the style of the 20th Century - in such a concentrated area.

OVERNIGHT: Mangapapa – Deluxe Room


GOLF: Cape Kidnappers is a Tom Doak designed golf course which is amongst the world's most spectacular courses. The clever use of the layout is best seen from the air where Doak has used the natural landscape to craft some magnificent, memorable, and challenging golf holes. However, the Cape Kidnappers experience starts from the moment you drive in the entrance gate. What follows is a 10-kilometer drive (yes that is correct) leading you up to the shearing shed designed clubhouse. The long drive helps to build the anticipation of the day ahead as one passes through a pine plantation, a working cattle farm where sheep abound, across streams and along roads cut out from sheer faced cliffs.

SIGHTSEEING (for non-golfers): Cape Kidnappers is home to the world's largest Gannet Colony. Today is a chance to go on a great half a day safari tour travelling along the majestically rugged coastline from Clifton to Cape Kidnappers. You will get within a few feet of these remarkable birds and witness them in their natural habit, as well as watching them dive for their dinner from 100-meter vertical cliffs.

OVERNIGHT: Mangapapa – Deluxe Room


SIGHTSEEING: Today we journey through gorgeous countryside and into New Zealand’s premier wine region – Hawke’s Bay. We'll visit internationally recognised wineries such as Mission Estate, Trinity Hill, Ashridge, Black Barn, Craggy Range, Elephant Hill, Te Mata Estate for wine tastings and stop for a sumptuous lunch along the way. The final destination will be at Te Mata Peak where you will get a 360° bird's eye view of the entire region – from the Plains to the Pacific Ocean

OVERNIGHT: Mangapapa – Deluxe Room


SIGHTSEEING: This morning, you will transfer from Napier to Wellington by coach, taking in some wonderful NZ scenery. The journey through the center of the North Island takes about 5 hours and shall be punctuated with a stop for lunch. On arrival in Wellington you will have a short orientation tour of the city.

OVERNIGHT: Intercontinental Wellington – Deluxe Room


GOLF: Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, situated on the Kapiti Coast, a very pleasant fifty-minute drive north of the capital city, Wellington, Paraparaumu Beach enjoys a long held reputation as the premier links course in New Zealand. Paraparaumu Beach has hosted the New Zealand Open championship on twelve occasions as well as numerous prestigious professional and amateur tournaments.

The course was designed in 1949 by former Australian Open champion Alex Russell, the highly acclaimed course architect in partnership with Dr Alistair McKenzie, the world-renowned course architect. The course has been widely acclaimed over the years.

SIGHTSEEING: Wellington, the capital city of NZ, has a lot to offer and your full day personalized tour will take in all the highlights. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city from the Wellington Cable Car, look out over Wellington from the summit of Mount Victoria, visit the Beehive, visit the country’s national museum Te Papa plus have some free time to explore on your own as well.

OVERNIGHT: Intercontinental Wellington – Deluxe Room


GOLF: Royal Wellington Golf Club, A newly redesigned (2013), Turner MacPherson championship course in a stunning parkland setting, arguably one of the finest club courses and club house in New Zealand. The Heretaunga course is, arguably, New Zealand's finest private members parkland course and certainly one of its most beautiful. Sited on an ancient river bed it weaves its way over crumpled ground through cultivated parkland hosting thousands of mature native and exotic trees.

SIGHTSEEING (for non-golfers): Whether you are a movie buff or not you will enjoy this behind-the-scenes tour of many ‘The Lord of the Rings’ locations around Wellington. Tour the countryside, see re-created scenes of Middle-earth including the Hutt Valley and the Greenbelt, take a forest walk through Tolkien’s Rivendell, visit Weta Studios for a movie production tour of digital special effects. Lunch would be included.

OVERNIGHT: Intercontinental Wellington – Deluxe Room


Transfer from your hotel to Wellington airport where you will fly to Queenstown for the final portion of your tour.

SIGHTSEEING: Upon arrival in Queenstown, you will get a short tour of this beautiful town from the air in a helicopter! A great way to start the final leg of the trip by getting a panoramic view of The Remarkables and nearby mountain ranges, Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown. After landing you will then check-in to your hotel and spend the rest of day at leisure with time to enjoy exploring Queenstown.

OVERNIGHT: Hotel St Moritz Queenstown – Lake View Suite


GOLF: Millbrook Resort's spectacular par 72 championship golf course, designed by New Zealand's renowned master golfer, Sir Bob Charles, is enjoyed by enthusiasts from around the world. Challenging for both higher and lower handicap golfers, the Millbrook Resort course is one of the most impressive international golf arenas in the world. Featuring impeccably groomed fairways and greens, demanding hazards, and meandering water courses, surrounded by the alpine backdrop of the Remarkables Mountain Range, golf at Millbrook Resort is an exhilarating experience.

SIGHTSEEING SUGGESTION: So much to do and see in Queenstown for both the adventurous and not so adventurous! Morning at leisure to stroll around town and visit the nearby Queenstown Gardens. Late morning non-golfers will board the vintage steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Enjoy a quintessential Kiwi experience – a delicious gourmet BBQ lunch and a farm demo in a stunning lakeside setting

OVERNIGHT: Hotel St Moritz Queenstown – Lake View Suite


SIGHTSEEING: Today you will enjoy a Fly/Cruise/Fly Milford Sound experience. There's a reason Milford Sound is called the 8th wonder of the world…and today you will discover why on this return scenic flight between Queenstown and Milford Sound and a scenic bout cruise along the fiord towards the Tasman Sea. Your 35-minute flight will take in many panoramic views of spectacular alpine scenery including glaciers, rivers, lakes and rainforest before landing at Milford Sound. A short transfer will then see you board a leisurely cruise on the fiord to the Tasman Sea. View the spectacular alpine scenery including waterfalls, rainforest and the towering peaks; and keep a lookout for wildlife including seals, dolphins and penguins when in season.

Optional Sightseeing: You will return mid afternoon and for those that want to lift another gear, then there is always the famous Shotover Jet or Dart River Jet to get up some nice speed along the rocky cliff faces with our friends at KJet. Otherwise a chance to take the Gondola to the top of the mountain and take in the stunning views over Queenstown and dine in the Stratosfare Restaurant.

OVERNIGHT: Hotel St Moritz Queenstown – Lake View Suite


GOLF: Jack's Point: The course is bounded by the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu. It traverses through wetland to the lake edge encountering steep bluffs, indigenous vegetation and wildlife. It is designed to work with nature, not against it. Fairways are designed with minimal excavation and careful plantings to complement the natural environment, but also to give the golfer a fighting chance. Jack's Point is sited on the elbow of Lake Wakatipu and at the foot of the Remarkables mountain range. It’s the largest parcel of land to be comprehensively developed by one entity in the history of New Zealand.

SIGHTSEEING (for non golfers): Visit the quirky nearby village of Arrowtown before taking in a couple of boutique vineyards in the Gibbston and Bannockburn/Cromwell region. Considered one of the world's premier cool-climate wine regions, Central Otago boasts high-quality varietals including chardonnay, pinot gris, pinot noir and riesling. A gourmet lunch platter will be included. You will be back at the hotel by mid afternoon.

In the evening, our Farewell Dinner will be served in a nearby restaurant.

OVERNIGHT: Hotel St Moritz Queenstown – Lake View Suite


Check-out and private transfer to the Queenstown airport for your return home.

Golf Schedule

Wairakei International image

The best inland course in the country, it has been rated by Golf Digest in the top 100 in the world. It provides everything one could wish for in a golf course. The signature hole is the 615 par 5 14th, aptly named 'The Rogue', a very demanding hole.Located in the Lake Taupo region, the course winds through a wildlife sanctuary and features many different varieties of birds. Fairways lined with dense strands of tall trees. The golf course fits naturally among the bush.

Kinloch image

Ideally situated in the central portion of the North Island, with spectacular views of Lake Taupo. At Kinloch, the land's characteristics feature fast-moving contours and knobs, and Nicklaus recreated that same look in the golf course. Many have described this links like layout as a course reminiscent of the coastal gems in Scotland, the birthplace of the game. No. 11 is a brilliant par-3, deep bunkers around a sliver of a green that widens from left-to-right.

Cape Kidnappers image

Renowned architect Tom Doak's first project outside of the U.S., Cape Kidnappers is perched on fingers of land nearly 500 feet above Hawke's Bay. This vertigo-inducing course, creased by ravines and patrolled by gannets, belongs more to Heaven than Earth. It is seaside golf at its finest. You'll hit heroic shots over the tops of tea trees, and play cautiously along the edges of deep ravines. Every hole has a view of the Bay. Enjoy your game and enjoy the setting. It's unique!

WEBCAST - A Greenside Chat: "The Story of Cape Kidnappers & Kauri Cliffs" ~ Defining Luxury in New Zealand

Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club image

Take a trip into the heart-and-soul of golf, feel the essence of the game from the opening tee shot until the final putt. Enjoy a course that has challenged generations of champions and also entertained the casual, recreational golfer. Every hole is solid, but the 13th, a difficult par-4 stands out as the stiffest test of all. Host of dozens of New Zealand Opens through the years, it’s considered one of the greatest links courses in the Southern Hemisphere.

Royal Wellington image

One of New Zealand’s premier golf clubs. Perched beside the Hutt River, the club has hosted 7 NZ Open Championships since 1912 and in 2004 it became the first golf club in the country to receive royal status. Host of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.

Millbrook Golf Resort image

Designed by internationally renowned New Zealand professional golfer and former British Open winner, Sir Bob Charles. Millbrook's golf course is an exceptional golfing experience, set against a spectacular alpine backdrop and fashioned from the original terrain, this course provides exciting and demanding golf. The 6th hole on the Cornet nine is a classic example of the options Charles gives golfers. A wide fairway off the tee splits closer to the green, providing risk and reward.

Jack's Point image

The course is bounded by the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu. It traverses through wetland to the lake edge encountering steep bluffs, indigenous vegetation and wildlife. It is designed to work with nature, not against it. Fairways are designed with minimal excavation and careful plantings to complement the natural environment, but also to give the golfer a fighting chance. A truly exciting course that thrills all the senses and is enriched by fescue fairways of the highest quality.


Hilton Lake Taupo Hotel image

Hilton Lake Taupo hotel is located on the Napier-Taupo Highway, just minutes from the town centre and 15 minutes from Taupo airport and features sweeping views over the largest lake in New Zealand 'and Tongariro National Park. The original Terraces Hotel, built in 1889, forms the Heritage Wing with rooms that feature private balconies offering views of Lake Taupo or the picturesque Thermal Springs. The new Mountain Wing features 113 Guest Rooms, 23 suites, all rooms benefit from wireless internet access and complimentary use of the fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool.

Mangapapa Lodge image

Luxury, seclusion, elegance and romance – four words which describe this stunning boutique hotel. Surrounded by landscaped gardens and orchards, Mangapapa Hotel offers the finest luxury accommodation in its twelve magnificent suites. Together with the renowned restaurant, spa retreat, and facilities such as the pool and lawn tennis court, Mangapapa delivers Hawke’s Bay’s ultimate luxury experience. If you’re seeking exclusive accommodation in Hawke’s Bay, a truly exceptional dining experience or a picturesque and well-equipped venue for your wedding or next function, Mangapapa Hotel is the perfect spot.

Intercontinental Wellington image

Whether you are visiting Wellington for business or pleasure, you'll find InterContinental Wellington is the perfect base to get the most from your stay. Conveniently located opposite Wellington Harbour and at the centre of Wellington's political, commercial and corporate precincts, the hotel has excellent city shopping right on the doorstep and is just minutes from all the leading attractions. InterContinental Wellington offers all the comforts, service and luxury you would expect from a 5 star hotel, with 231 deluxe guest rooms including a range of superbly appointed suites and two exclusive Club InterContinental floors. Guests will savour the quality service of out two restaurants and bars, including our award winning Chameleon Restaurant, and can also enjoy in-room dining with 24 hour Room Service. The hotel features the capital's finest meeting and banqueting facilities, which are perfect for any occasion and offers a range of audio-visual equipment as well as the services of the Business Centre. Health and leisure facilities include the hotel's Health and Fitness Centre, which includes a gym, heated swimming pool, spa, sauna, massage service and spa therapist.

Hotel St Moritz image

Idyllically situated in Queenstown, New Zealand, overlooking Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables mountain range, Hotel St Moritz embodies the spirit of its location. Its architecture and interiors offer intriguing works of art, bespoke furniture and refreshing colours, which highlight the unique charm of the place and the serenity of its surroundings. Decorated with style and elegance, its spacious rooms provide the same sense of calm and serenity. The blend of textures, colours and light combine to make this alpine residence a unique haven where sensorial delights await you.

Ground Transportation

Your local ground transportation will be provided throughout by a Deluxe Motor Coach and Driver. With exceptionally comfortable seats, increased leg room and panoramic windows your motor coach and driver provides a relaxing and safe travel experience. Interiors typically contain reclining seats, multiple tables, an electronics package, a large fridge, luggage space and air conditioning.

Beyond being professional coach operators, your driver will also take care of everyone's golf equipment, they'll assist with check-ins to your hotels and golf courses. This way you can relax with complete confidence that the logistics of your vacation are in expert hands.

Cape Kidnappers - New Zealand - Photo by Gary Lisbon
Gibbston Valley, New Zealand
Intercontinental Hotel – Wellington
Intercontinental Hotel – Wellington
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Millbrook Golf Resort
Millbrook Golf Resort


Tour Pricing Per Guest

Golfer: $12,390 | Non-Golfer: $11,890 | Single Supplement: $3,750

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Tour Inclusions

  • Thirteen (13) nights' accommodations in specified category (as listed in itinerary) rooms in 4 and 5 star hotels based on twin occupancy
  • Full Breakfast daily
  • Two (2) included dinners. Three (3) included lunches. Beer, wine & soft drinks with included dinners/lunches
  • Snack lunches at golf courses or on sightseeing tours where timings permit
  • Green fees for seven (7) rounds of golf including shared electric golf cart
  • All privately guided sightseeing tours and admission charges as described
  • Wine Tour
  • All airport transfers and ground transportation
  • One (1) domestic New Zealand flight as listed in coach class
  • Services of PerryGolf Tour Host/Manager throughout
  • All local taxes service charges and gratuities on included items

Not Included

Airfare to/from New Zealand, airport taxes, visa fees | Drinks and meals other than specified

Important Information

Golf Handicap Limit: The golf courses we play around the world offer varying challenges. Players often require to be of a certain standard to properly and fully experience them in the company of likeminded fellow golfers. We therefore set a maximum permitted golf handicap to participate on our tours and cruises; The maximums are 28 for men and 36 for ladies.

Golf Courses: The included list may be subject to change in the event of any club accepting any conflicting national or international event, or for any other reason. Should such a situation occur, PerryGolf will endeavour to book a course of comparable standard, and all booked guests would be notified of the change and replacement venue at the earliest opportunity.


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