‘The 18th hole at Paraparaumu Links is long etched in my memory after holing out for an eagle to take me into a playoff for the 2000 New Zealand Open’
Craig Perks
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Craig Perks North Island Tour

A combination of some of the world’s greatest courses and the best lodges New Zealand has to offer.

Facts at a glance

  • Paraparaumu Links is a hugely popular golfing experience. The course has been host to 10 New Zealand Open Championships, of which the most recent included Tiger Woods.
  • Wairakei Golf Course lies on top of the thermal spring's region of the North Island! The wonders of the district include the Dragon's Mouth, an intermittent geyser, a mud volcano and a coloured mud spring boiling like porridge.

North Island Itinerary

Day One: Auckland to Kauri Cliffs - Arrive in New Zealand and...

transfer to your domestic scheduled flight to the Bay of Islands and onto Kauri Cliffs Lodge in Matauri Bay, Northland.

The clear blue waters of Matauri Bay welcome the visitor to this stunning part of New Zealand. From the exclusive Kauri Cliffs Lodge, take in sweeping panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the offshore Cavalli Islands.

Named among the Gold List 2009 awards for Best Overseas Boutique Property by the Australian Luxury Travel and Style Magazine, Kauri Cliffs Lodge is set in 6,000 acres and comprises eleven guest cottages bordered by native totara forest. Looking out over the ocean and golf course, the cottages comprise two guest suites, each offering its own private porch, luxurious bedroom with sitting area and open fire, and spacious bathroom with shower, bath and two vanities.

Take the afternoon to prepare for an extraordinary week of golf. Craig will begin with a full briefing on all courses, coaching and golfing opportunities ahead. There will also be time to experience some of the beautiful walks on the property, visit nearby attractions or enjoy the Lodge's tennis courts, swimming pool, fitness centre and spa.

Overnight at Kauri Cliffs Lodge.

Day Two: Golf Kauri Cliffs - The first day of golf playing...

the spectacular Kauri Cliffs course designed and built by David Harman of Golf Course Consultants in Florida. Looking out across 50 miles of coastline, this par 72 championship golf course measures 7,119 yards (6,510 metres) and challenges every skill level with five sets of tees. “Jaw dropping scenery. Unbelievable views. Heaven on Earth,” is how one PGA Editorial Advisory Board member has described the course.

It's easy to see why as you play atop the cliffs with the waves crashing 150 feet below. The testing inland holes take you through marsh, forest and farmland before stepping back out to the surreal beauty of the drive from the 13th green to the 14th tee, virtually hovering above the islands that looked so distant on the front nine.

Overnight at Kauri Cliffs Lodge.

Day Three: Kauri Cliffs to Cape Kidnappers - Helicopter from...

Kauri Cliffs to Auckland then a scheduled flight to Napier and onto the famous Hawkes Bay wine country, staying at sister lodge The Farm at Cape Kidnappers.

The Farm's cluster of buildings nestles in 6,000 acres of rolling pastureland against a dramatic ocean backdrop. Built of natural stone and weathered wood with rustic furnishings and massive fireplaces, the main Lodge offers welcoming, comfortable spaces, a full service luxury spa and fitness centre and outdoor heated pool.

Each suite is decorated in soothing, contemporary style, and includes a fully stocked complimentary mini-bar, well-appointed bathroom, and private balcony with stunning views of the farm, golf course and Pacific Ocean.

Like Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers plays above the ocean.

Perched over sheer cliffs plunging 450 feet to the sea, the par-71, 7,119 yard (6,510 metre) course runs to and from the edge. “If Cape Kidnappers were a book it would be an epic,”said the course's American designer Tom Doak. “Enjoy your game and enjoy the setting because you may never play golf somewhere like this again.”

Completed in 2004, Cape Kidnappers is considered a masterpiece and one of the great modern marvels, ranked 13th in the world for 2009-2010 by Golf Digest.

Overnight at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers.

Day Four: Cape Kidnappers - A morning round at Cape...

Kidnappers followed by an afternoon to explore the Hawkes Bay area. Options include an unforgettable gannet watching safari, fly-fishing, wine tasting or a helicopter trip into the live volcanic White Island.

Overnight at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers.

Day Five: Cape Kidnappers to Taupo - Wairakei - A stunning...

scenic drive to Taupo in the heart of the North Island, and two of New Zealand's top courses: Wairakei International Golf Course and The Kinloch Club.

Your first round will be at Wairakei, considered by many to be the finest non-coastal course in the country. Designed over 30 years ago by course architect Michael Wolveridge with Commander John Harris and five-time British Open winner Peter Thomson, it has received worldwide acclaim, becoming the first in New Zealand to be internationally recognised. Spread over 450 acres of pristine countryside, the course measures 7,047 yards (6,444 metres) from the championship tees and has 108 large, well-placed bunkers.

After a superbly challenging day you will stay at Huka Lodge, considered one of the world's top retreats. Huka Lodge is set in 17 acres of manicured grounds, and surrounded by the awe-inspiring natural beauty of this volcanic region. Mountain streams feed the crystal waters of Lake Taupo, home to rainbow trout so fine that this has become a fisherman's mecca. The mighty Huka Falls are a stroll away from the lodge, which is set on the banks of the Waikato River.

Overnight at Huka Lodge.

Day Six: Kinloch Golf Clubspan - Kinloch, on the banks of the...

vast and beautiful Lake Taupo, is home to the latest of Jack Nicklaus' exclusive signature clubs – and the only one in Australasia. Kinloch Golf Club was voted among the Top 10 new golf courses in the world for 2007 by US Travel and Leisure Golf magazine, who had this to say: “The course rumbles across a dramatically undulating landscape punctuated by exposed rock. Its fairways are contoured and conditioned for ground play and flecked with disheveled bunkers.”

Nicklaus prefers to have 18 holes of outstanding quality rather than one signature hole, and this course is no exception.

Overnight at Huka Lodge.

Day Seven: Taupo to Wellington - Transfer to Taupo airport for...

your scheduled flight to Wellington where we head straight to Heretaunga and the Royal Wellington Golf Club. Founded back in 1895, this is one of New Zealand's most beautiful, historic golf courses, and one of the country's best tests of golf. Granted royal status in 2004, it has been a regular venue for New Zealand Open Championships.

After lunch, we drive to the spectacular Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate, which looks out over the thunderous surf of Palliser Bay in New Zealand's wine-growing Wairarapa region. Built in the style of an Edwardian country mansion with antique furniture and large fireplaces, the main lodge captures the gracious elegance of a bygone era.

Each room in the main lodge has a different feel, from large open lounges to quiet and cosy nooks. At the heart is the main lounge – grand in design, yet intimate in feel, with expansive sofas and deep armchairs inviting guests to relax. Relax with a glass of wine in the sunny private courtyard, walk in the grounds of this historic working farm, or take a tour of the lodge's rugged coastline.

Overnight at Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate.

Day Eight: Golf Paraparaumu - Helicopter over beautiful inland...

and coastal scenery en-route to Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club.

There's little can beat a challenging links course and Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club is considered by many to be among the finest in the Southern Hemisphere.

Located on the undulating volcanic sand dunes of the Kapiti Coast, with the capital city Wellington just 35 minutes away, this acclaimed course has hosted the NZ open no fewer than 12 times. Designed 60 years ago by former Australian Open champion Alex Russell, it was called ěa gem of enjoyment, a monument to the game and a gift to the futureî by the great Australian golfer Peter Thomson.

Return early afternoon to Wharekauhau Lodge and indulge in some of the pleasures of the Estate, which include a heated indoor swimming pool, tennis court and gymnasium spa treatment room.

Overnight at Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate.

Day Nine: Return home or continue on the South Island Golf Adventure

North Island Tour Costs

$21,974 NZD or $15,382 USD

The trip is based on 7 people travelling plus Craig Perks on a scheduled departure basis. Ask us about our rates for smaller or private groups

Single Supplements:
Departure Dates:

$4,587 NZD or $3,210 USD
October 29th to November 5th, 2009
November 18th to November 25th, 2009

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