Eighth Wonder Travel: The ultimate guide for a golf trip around New Zealand
Winter time is always the best time to plan your next summer golf vacation.
No, I’m not confused. The summer sun is shining here in Michigan – and elsewhere across America – but it’s winter down under in New Zealand.
Due to the logistics involved in a trip half-way around the globe, now’s the time to start planning your trip to New Zealand, one of my favorite places in the world. I fell hard for the Kiwi lifestyle during my first visit last March (read my reviews here and here and check out the photos here).
The best way to plan a perfect getaway is to reach out to somebody in the know, somebody on the ground. That somebody would be Eighth Wonder Travel, a luxury golf tour operator based on the North Island.
I met Directors Sam St. George and David Maxwell during the tail end of my trip. They’re both great Kiwi natives who love showcasing their magical country by hosting guests. A 12-day ‘Woods to Water’ tour they’ve put together includes rounds on Jack’s Point (see my review here), Kauri Cliffs (review here), Cape Kidnappers (review here) and The Kinloch Club (review here). You’ll stay at stunning places, like the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs (review here), the Farm at Cape Kidnappers (review here) and the Huka Lodge (reviews here and here). All the food and wine (read here) are spectacular. I still can’t decide if I like Queenstown on the South Island (read here) or the North Island (read here) better. Queenstown also has The Hills Golf Club (read here), host of the New Zealand PGA Championship (read about it here and here), and Millbrook resort (read here) and Queenstown Golf Club (read here). I’m sure if you were hankering for more golf, they could add on Wairakei International Golf Course near the Huka Lodge as well (review here).
St. George said a lot of visiting golfers come as couples. That’s why the itineraries of Eighth Wonder offer excursions such as wine tours and sailing.
“The greatest thing about where these courses (like Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers) are placed is they are in really amazing areas that are not in the middle of nowhere,” he said. “There are great things to do for ladies and families.”
Getting to New Zealand doesn’t have to be painful if you upgrade to riding in a space seat on Air New Zealand on the flight from Los Angeles to Auckland (read here).
Just seeing the photographs again of all these great courses (that’s Jack’s Point at the top of the page) has my head aflutter, dreaming of the day I’ll return. For more information, visit Eighth Wonder’s fantastic website here.
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