The best way to visit New Zealand is to take time to explore both the North and South Islands at a leisurely pace. Rent a car, plan an itinerary that covers some of the best resorts in the country, and experience New Zealand in a peaceful, relaxing way.
If you’re considering a luxury golfing holiday in Aotearoa, the following resorts are worth buying those tickets, booking that rental car, and packing your bags for:
This gem was named the number one resort in Australasia by Travel + Leisure in 2017 and can be found in the Bay of Islands in the North Island. As its name suggests, its accommodation is set on breath-taking cliffs, which means its visitors are able to enjoy spectacular ocean views throughout their stay. The lodge also boasts three private beaches and a spa, as well as a multitude of activities to take part in (including cultural outings). There won’t be any chance of boredom staying here.
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke’s Bay
With a 7,119-yard golf course showcasing views of the sea, set upon hills and cliffs that stretch as far as the eye can see, Cape Kidnappers is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a golfing holiday. Ideal for the golf lover who also enjoys exploring the natural environment, The Farm has it all. Take a walk and discover New Zealand’s national bird, go horse riding, or try your hand at clay-bird shooting. You can even take part in a bit of shepherding, courtesy of the shows put on by The Farm.
Arrowtown holds special historical significance to New Zealanders, and Millbrook is the perfect place from which to explore this iconic region, although nobody would blame you if you never left the resort: an incredible golf course, day spa, and fitness centre make Millbrook an easy place to spend a week or two. You’re spoilt for choice in regards to food here, too: Millbrook Resort is home to four restaurants, each of which provides a fine-tuned menu filled with quality dishes.
When you’ve finished your games for the day, rest assured that New Zealand offers plenty of recreational activities to take part in, whether you’re visiting solo, with a group of friends, with your partner, or with the whole family.
While you’re in the country that produced one of the best film series ever made, why not take the time to visit the filming locations for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies? You can visit Hobbiton itself, where you’ll be able to wander between hobbit holes and finish your visit with a refreshing beer or cider in a pub designed to resemble a Middle Earth drinking hole, or you can visit some of the more out-of-the-way filming locations, such as Tongariro National Park or Mount Sunday.
Whatever activities you plan, combine them with quality accommodation and even better golf courses, and you’ll have the time of your life in the Land of the Long White Cloud.
About the Author
A freelance writer based in beautiful New Zealand, Cloe Matheson has worked with several of her local blogs and business websites such as Sea Containers. She loves nature and constantly slips out of the house with her laptop to draw inspiration from the stunning beaches and parks nearby. Read more of her work in Cloe Writes.