16 Day Ultimate New Zealand Golf Tour

The ultimate NZ golf tour visiting 6 hand-picked golf courses throughout the country. Experience some celebrated golfing venues and stunning scenery as you travel over 16 days.

16 Day Ultimate New Zealand Golf Tour

The ultimate golfers dream. Travelling from Christchurch to Auckland, visit golf clubs and resorts in Dunedin, Queenstown, Christchurch, Blenheim, Napier and Taupo.

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours
From: Christchurch to Auckland
Departs: Daily
Duration: 16 days
Tour Code: SD16UG

Regions Visited

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Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, Blenheim, Picton, Wellington, Napier, Taupo, Rotorua, Auckland

Tour Inclusions

  • 16 days car hire
  • 15 nights accommodation
  • Superior & Premium accommodation includes breakfast
  • Interislander ferry crossing
  • Green fees - Otago Golf Club
  • Green fees - Millbrook Resort
  • Green fees - Clearwater Golf Club
  • Green fees - Marlborough Golf Club
  • Green fees - Napier Golf Club
  • Green fees - Wairakei International Golf Course
  • Polynesian Spa entry

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH

Welcome to Christchurch. Collect your rental car on arrival at Christchurch airport. The remainder of today is at leisure, giving you time to explore the city. In the city centre, you’ll enjoy the Botanic Gardens, the beautifully re-developed Avon River and the many cafes & restaurants.

Stay: Christchurch

DAY 2: CHRISTCHURCH / DUNEDIN

Travel south over the Canterbury plains following the Pacific coastline to Dunedin, renowned for its Scottish heritage. Dunedin’s hillside location on the edge of the harbour is quite spectacular, home to rare albatross and yellow eyed penguins, as well as vibrant university city, cafes & architecture.

Stay: Dunedin

DAY 3: GOLF, OTAGO GOLF CLUB / QUEENSTOWN

Otago Golf Club with its tree lined fairways in the hills above Dunedin is where you will play today. This afternoon drive through Central Otago to the vibrant alpine resort town of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu with its spectacular backdrop of The Remarkable Mountains.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 4: GOLF, MILLBROOK RESORT
Queenstown Golf Tours

Tee off this morning at Millbrook Resort, a championship course boasting 18 challenging holes. The rugged mountain scenery offers an unsurpassed backdrop. You have time this afternoon to enjoy some of the numerous attractions and activities that Queenstown is famous for. Perhaps visit one of the numerous wineries in the region. We are happy to include any additional activities into your package.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 5: QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
Queenstown

A full day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort style town. There are dozens of optional activities you can participate in: thrilling jet boating on the rivers, white water rafting, helicopter rides, sky diving, AJ Hackett’s world-famous bungy jumping, cruises on the lake and spectacular walking trails. The list is endless with something for everyone.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 6: QUEENSTOWN / CHRISTCHURCH
Christchurch to Queenstown via Mt Cook Day Tour

Travel through the rugged Kawarau Gorge then over the Lindis Pass to the vast plain of the Mackenzie Country. Skirt the shores of turquoise blue Lake Pukaki, stop here for outstanding photo opportunities of the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. Leaving the rolling countryside behind, traverse the green farmland of the Canterbury Plains arriving in Christchurch. Ride the historic tramway, and enjoy vibrant restaurants and cafes.

Stay: Christchurch

DAY 7: GOLF, CLEARWATER GOLF CLUB

Tee off mid-morning at Clearwater Resort, home of the annual Clearwater Classic. Designed around 6 lakes, the water hazards make this course particularly challenging. Take in some afternoon sightseeing later in the day, punt on the River Avon or stroll the Botanic Gardens.

Stay: Christchurch

DAY 8: CHRISTCHURCH / BLENHEIM
South Island Tours

Leaving Christchurch cross the Canterbury Plains, follow the rocky coastline with amazing ocean views. Follow the sweeping coast to reach the Marlborough region. Framed by mountains and situated in the heart of wine growing Marlborough, Blenheim is one of the sunniest towns in New Zealand.

Stay: Blenheim

DAY 9: GOLF, MARLBOROUGH GOLF CLUB

Enjoy the sunshine and challenges of Marlborough Golf Course, there are lakes and creeks to watch out for. The course is mostly flat with a couple of small hills on the front nine. A morning tee off time is suggested so you have time this afternoon for a self-drive tour around the many wineries.

Stay: Blenheim

DAY 10: BLENHEIM / PICTON / WELLINGTON

Take a short drive to Picton where you will board the Interislander ferry, cruise through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to the Capital City of Wellington. Wellington’s hillside suburbs and vibrant waterfront retail and commercial hub welcome you to the “coolest little capital in the world”.

Stay: Wellington

DAY 11: WELLINGTON / NAPIER

Follow the Kapiti Coast north then drive northeast to Napier, renowned for its art deco architecture and the many wineries of the Hawkes Bay, rich arts culture and vast surrounding vineyards boasting world-renowned wine labels.

Stay: Napier

DAY 12: GOLF, NAPIER GOLF CLUB / TAUPO

This morning tee off at the Napier Golf Club “Waiohiki” is the oldest Golf Club in Hawke’s Bay established 1896. This afternoon you will journey from Napier to Taupo, take in the fantastic scenery along the way. The resort town of Taupo sits on the edge of New Zealand’s largest lake and is known as a trout fishing paradise.

Stay: Taupo

DAY 13: WAIRAKEI GOLF CLUB
5 Day Taupo and Napier Tour

Navigate your way through 18 testing holes at the Wairakei International Golf Course. The course lies on 180 hectares of natural rolling countryside and was developed to meet the rigorous design standards required for world class championship competition.

You have this afternoon at leisure perhaps a lake cruise, fishing or take a walk along the shore of Lake Taupo.

Stay: Taupo

DAY 14: TAUPO / ROTORUA
Rotorua, New Zealand

A short drive north through vast forests to Lake Rotorua. Renowned for its rich Maori culture, adventure and outdoor activities and geothermal attractions, Rotorua’s sparkling lakeside location easily combines relaxation with an abundant variety of attractions to enjoy.

A well-earned soak in the hot thermal Polynesian Pools is included.

Stay: Rotorua

DAY 15: ROTORUA / AUCKLAND

Travel through rural countryside of the Rotorua region. Select from an option of routes, travel via Matamata to explore the land of Hobbiton or perhaps via Hamilton with an optional trip to view Waitomo, home to its famous glow worms and mystical caves before continuing onto Auckland. Enjoy the amazing view from the top of the Sky Tower, stroll the waterfront at Viaduct Harbour and adjacent Wynyard Quarter.

Stay: Auckland

DAY 16: FAREWELL FROM AUCKLAND
New Zealand Tours

Today take the day at leisure until you make your way to return your rental car and check in for your onward flight where your tour concludes.

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Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Double/Twin Single Triple
Standard $3,455 NZD $5,633 NZD $2,967 NZD Enquire / Book
Superior $4,964 NZD $7,732 NZD $4,354 NZD Enquire / Book
Premium $6,723 NZD $11,710 NZD $5,710 NZD Enquire / Book
Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

Tour Type: Self Drive Tour
A Self Drive tour allows you to travel at your own pace on one of our comprehensive itineraries. Our experienced New Zealand based travel consultants have planned each itinerary to ensure practical driving times while allowing you the freedom for photo opportunities as you travel. Your accommodation and car hire is pre-booked and we are happy to include optional activities to coincide with driving times.
 
Frequently Asked Questions – Self Drive Tours

What is a Self Drive tour?
A Self Drive tour allows you to travel at your own pace on one of our comprehensive itineraries. Our experienced New Zealand based travel consultants have planned each itinerary to ensure practical driving times while allowing you the freedom for photo opportunities as you travel. Your accommodation and car hire is pre-booked and we are happy to include optional activities to coincide with driving times.

What is required to hire a vehicle within New Zealand?
A valid driver’s licence in English is required to hire a rental vehicle within New Zealand.  Please note drivers must be over 21 years to hire a vehicle, between 21 – 25 years a young driver surcharge is applicable. We recommend all clients have a credit card for car rental, the card number is then held for a bond. All vehicles are automatic transmission, we do not offer manual transmissions.

What is driving in New Zealand like?
We drive on the right in New Zealand, all rental vehicles are set up for right hand drive. Within the cities, roads are busy, there are motorways and highways. Once out of town most of our roads two lanes, there are some divided carriage ways, however most driving will be on 2 lane paved/sealed roads. It will take you a lot longer than you think looking at the map to get from point A to point B.

What dates do your tours depart?
Our self drive tours depart daily, driving times do vary each day so please consider this when booking departure flights.

What is included in the tour cost?
All tours include accommodation and rental car. Some tours include activities listed in the itineraries. Car hire is quoted including basic insurance, with the option to upgrade to fully comprehensive insurance.  A detailed travel wallet with your travel vouchers will be sent to your arrival accommodation, a comprehensive itinerary will be sent to you prior to your departure. Your personal travel consultant will contact you on arrival, allowing ease of communication whilst you are traveling.

What is not included in the tour cost?
Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, fuel, laundry and optional sightseeing (except where stated in the itinerary) are not included in the tour cost.

How many people can I include in a self-drive tour?
Our largest hire vehicle is 9 passengers and a driver. You can travel in a group, with a number of vehicles but each vehicle must have a licenced driver.

I am travelling with children, what price will I pay?
Please contact us for information on child fares, as these vary based on the specific product you require. Some sightseeing activities are unsuitable for children.

Are any meals included in the tour cost?
Our Superior and Premium tour rates include breakfast.  There are exceptions where some activities will include lunch or dinner. We are more than happy to make recommendations, please advise if there are any dietary requirements so we can recommend accordingly. .

Is Halal and other speciality food available in New Zealand? 
Along with a small population of Muslims, New Zealand has an increasing number of Muslim visitors. Halal food and restaurants are now found in many areas of the country, let us now if you require this and we will compile a list for you. We can also offer advice in regards to Vegan and other special requirements.

How will I navigate my way around New Zealand?
You will be supplied with a map in your travel wallet. If you require a GPS, this can be arranged with your car hire, if you are wishing to use your own navigational device, SIM cards can be purchased at the airport. Our comprehensive itinerary will guide you, especially with our personal touches just for you. We are only a phone call away. Most pre booked optional activities will have an informative guide giving you an insight into the activity you have chosen.

Can I add in additional days to a tour?
Yes you can. All tours are very flexible – we will gladly work with you to make our tours suit your requirements. Please ask one of our Travel Consultants for extra day rates.

What is the difference between the three tour types Quality, Superior and Premium Tours?
Standard:  Motor Lodge, apartment style accommodation, self-contained accommodation, ensuite bathrooms. Your rental car is a small compact car.
Superior: 4 star hotel accommodation, includes breakfast. Your rental car is a mid-size car.
Premium: 5 star hotel accommodation, including breakfast. Your rental car is an SUV.
Note all accommodation is reviewed regularly by staff, we have high standards and good relationships with all our providers.

What if I cannot find exactly what I am looking for on the website?
Let us know what is on your wish list to see and do and we will be delighted to plan a customised tour to suit your requirements, using our 30 years of experience. Our local knowledge will come up with many pleasant surprises for you. 

How much luggage can I take on my tour?
You can bring as much luggage as you require, we recommend 1 piece of luggage (max 25kg each), for ease of travel. We also advise you check the maximum baggage allowance with your chosen airline.

How do I make a payment for a tour?
For bookings made more than 45 days prior to travel, Pacific Travel require a deposit of NZ$50 per person. This deposit is non-refundable. Balance of payment is due 45 days prior to travel. For bookings made 45 days or less prior to travel, full payment is required at the time of booking. Visa & MasterCard are accepted forms of payment. A 2.5% Credit Card Fee applies to all payments by credit card. You may pay via direct bank transfer to avoid the credit card fee. Bank details will be on your booking advice. All prices advertised are in New Zealand dollars and are GST inclusive.

What is your cancellation policy?
If after your booking has been confirmed you wish to cancel, the following cancellation fees will apply:
Cancellations 31 or more days prior to travel: Your deposit plus a further 10% of the total package price.
Cancellations 15 – 30 days prior to travel: Deposit + a further 20% of the total package price.
Cancellations 0-14 days prior to travel: 100% of total fare (no refund).
Booking amendments made by you: an amendment fee of 10% of total package price will be charged to cover our administration and communication costs. We may also need to pass on any amendment/cancellation fees imposed by our suppliers.

Conditions of travel
Pacific Travel reserves the right to alter fares, amend itineraries, book alternative accommodation or to cancel tours. Pacific Travel Ltd shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage or personal effects and/or damage resulting in death or personal injury, which may arise whilst travelling with Pacific Travel Ltd or its nominated suppliers. All transportation, both land and sea, is subject to the terms and conditions of the company providing the transport, some of which limit or exclude liability. These are available from the carriers concerned on request.

Will I need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Factors may arise that require you to cancel or amend your holiday. It is essential you are covered for any costs that may be incurred. We recommend purchasing your travel insurance locally at the same time as you book your tour and flights.

Do I need to tip in New Zealand?
If you wish to reward someone for a job well done it is always much appreciated, but not a requirement. It is certainly not expected, nobody will be offended should you wish to.

Do I need a visa to visit New Zealand?
Most visitors to New Zealand do not require a visa to enter for the purpose of a holiday or vacation under the visa waiver program. If you do need a visa to visit New Zealand then you should contact the New Zealand consulate in your home country well before your departure date. We recommend you also check with your local travel agent or airline for any visa requirements to New Zealand particularly if you are passing through Australia.

What currency is used in New Zealand?
The New Zealand dollar is the only legal tender in New Zealand. View a guide between your local currency and the New Zealand dollar. Please note: Your tour and all purchases using a credit card in New Zealand will be charged in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) at the current exchange rate at the time of purchase. The above currency conversion page is to be used as a guide only.

16 Day Ultimate New Zealand Golf Tour

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours Tour Code: SD16UG From $2,967 Per Person Departs: Daily The ultimate NZ golf tour visiting 6 hand-picked golf courses throughout the country. Experience some celebrated golfing venues and stunning scenery as you travel over 16 days. Enquire about this tour

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