Scenic locations, mild weather for much of the year and top-quality golf courses, mean golfing in New Zealand is a must for any golf enthusiastic.
In recent years many courses have invested heavily in both new and existing facilities, which equates to not only internationally ranked golf courses without the crowds, but they are also easily accessible from the main centres.
Perhaps a ripple effect occurred from the successes of local golf professionals Lydia Ko, Michael Campbell, and Steve Williams – long-time caddy for Tiger Woods and now Adam Scott, means overseas golfers are choosing New Zealand as their holiday destination.
And it’s not just the diverse range of courses with their breath-taking views which are the draw card. The post-game luxuries of world-class food, wine and accommodation are either close at hand or on-site giving travellers the complete holiday package.
A golfer’s dream would perhaps start with teeing off at the top of the North Island where approximately 24 golf courses are scattered between the Far North, Bay of Islands, and Whangaparaoa.
The courses vary from the all year round Kaitaia Links, Waitangi (9 holes) or the most northerly venue which is the Hohoura facility.
One of our most famous courses in the Bay of Islands would have to be Kauri Cliffs located, approximately 30 minutes from the Bay of Islands airport and 50 minutes from the Opua marina. Kauri Cliffs is the ultimate luxury lodge, it has won many accolades including Travel + Leisure’s ‘World’s Best Service’ award.
Golf is the perfect way to bring old friends together again and travel in a relaxed manner. Furthermore, if there are people within the group which aren’t so keen on 18 holes of golf, the subtropical Bay of Islands has a whole host of tours, water sports, history, arts, and markets to keep everyone entertained and well fed!
For the non-golfers Mullarkey Tours offer a wine tour which takes in three of the best wineries in the Bay of Islands. They offer a pickup and drop off facility.
A quick browse on Google and you can see a large range of New Zealand golfing tours. These can be a great way of seeing the country, especially if you are travelling on your own but they can be limiting in what else you see and do.
If you or your companions choose to venture further afield to one of the other Northland golf courses, hiring a rental car gives you the freedom to travel at your own pace and share the driving. It presents the opportunity to customise your day, stopping at out of the way places and eateries which are not available to you through organised tour companies.
Far North Rentals have fleet of vehicles which makes getting to and from Kerikeri airport or your berth in Opua Marina a stress-free experience, so you have time to concentrate on your game. You can pre-book a hatchback, sedan, SUV, 10 or 12 seater using our online booking form.
Click here to view a list of other courses in the area.
The Bay of Islands is an excellent base for this part of the country with accommodation, interests, and cuisine for every budget.