Premium New Zealand Golf Tours

Premium New Zealand Golf Tours

New Zealand is a wonderful hidden secret at the bottom of the South Pacific. An island nation with varying landscapes, New Zealand offers a variety of experiences and sightseeing activities. Sometimes referred to the Scotland of the South Pacific, New Zealand has more than 400 golf courses that allow for a wide range of unique golfing experiences.

Here at PGNZ we offer tours right throughout the country including our ultimate 21 day full escorted New Zealand golf tour.

Interested? Contact us today to let us help you with your planning.

International Golf Travel

International Golf Travel

Have you considered visiting another country to play golf? Perhaps you have always wanted to go the Open in the UK or the US Masters at Augusta so what better way to combine those tournaments with a unique golf tour. Here at PGNZ we offer tours every year to both the Open and the US Masters. It's always best to book early to avoid disappointment.

For many purist golfers the ultimate in golf travel will always be a visit to Scotland to play the old course at St Andrews, the home of golf or it could be 4 days of utter viewing pleasure sitting next the 12th or 16th hole at Augusta while the world's finest golfers battle for the Green Jacket.

However there are also many other places around the world that offer unique and memorable golfing experiences and combined with  luxury accommodation and high end activities, the world really is a huge playground of unique and wonderful golfing tour possibilities.

On Saturday we will be beginning our series of International golf destinations and our premium golf tours to these fantastic places but here is a small selection of some of the places we will be going to.

Japan - the land of the rising sun and excellent golf courses. Imagine yourself playing under the iconic Mt Fuji.

Mt Fuji

Mt Fuji

Argentina - the land of Malbec, Carne Asado and Tango. The word "experience" personified!

Argentina - fascinating, beautiful and memorable

Argentina - fascinating, beautiful and memorable

If you are interested in an international golf tour, contact us today and we will be delighted to help you with your decision making.

New Zealand Golf Tours

New Zealand Golf Tours

Congratulations to Jordan Speith for winning the 146th Open Championship. A wonderful golf talent to watch and what a fantastic tournament it has been! Keen to view next years Open at Carnoustie? See our UK Heritage tour page and contact us today to start your premium golf tour.

There is one more Major golf championship this year - the PGA Championship to be held on August 10-13 at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Here in New Zealand, we have two exciting tournaments coming up including the McKayson New Zealand Womens Open LPGA tour event at Windross Farm from September 28th-October 1 and the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship to be held at Royal Wellington on 26th-29th October. 

Are you considering a golf tour to New Zealand? Perhaps you've discussed this with other golf travelers or friends and now you are deciding whether to go or not.

Here at PGNZ, we offer four standard packages around New Zealand but we also offer customised and bespoke packages such as the ultimate 21 day Premium New Zealand golf tour or a  six week "learn and play tour" or a quick 2-3 day golf weekend getaway. Whatever type of tour, whether guided or self-drive, we are able to accommodate your golf travel needs.

Coming to New Zealand on a golf tour is an excellent way to see the country. Not only do you get to play stunning seaside or links-styles marquee courses on the coast such as Paraparaumu , you also get to play coastal extravaganzas such as Cape Kidnappers or Kauri Cliffs. You can play golf in a unique wildlife sanctuary or have a geothermal golfing experience! You can play golf at Titirangi, New Zealand's only Dr Alistair McKenzie designed course, but also at Gulf Harbour, a championship course that has hosted the World Cup of Golf! Perhaps you would like to be surrounded by majestic mountains and stunning alpine views - well then Queenstown and its three spectacular courses of Millbrook, The Hills and Jacks Point will have you enthralled, awed and drooling for days and months. The memories however will be forever! 

The view at Cape Kidnappers

The view at Cape Kidnappers

Once you have decided on the golf courses that you would like to play, your next thoughts will be around accommodation. New Zealand is blessed with a great selection of high quality luxury lodges, many of which are affiliated with Relais & Chateaux and have been rated as the best in the world by numerous travel magazines. In New Zealand, all marquee golf courses are either located next to a lodge or within easy access. Take your pick from the following:

  • The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
  • Huka Lodge
  • Cape Kidnappers
  • Matakauri Lodge

With the golf and the accommodation decided, it's time to think about what else you might be able to do while in New Zealand. Perhaps you are a wine aficionado...well New Zealand is a major wine producer so a winery visit in any region you visit is a must. Of course, staying at the luxury lodges, your every dinner will be accompanied by the best regional wine. 

New Zealand offers a wide variety of sightseeing activities from scenic helicopter rides to fly fishing for salmon or trout to night sky viewing to Maori cultural experiences to wildlife experiences such as whale watching. 

With all of the above thought about and considered, it is time to let us put together a personalised itinerary for you to book.

The next step after all that is to book your flights, wait for your departure date and then fly from wherever you are to "the land of the long white cloud", Aotearoa, New Zealand. We will be waiting at the airport for you, with a smile and welcome pack.

Need to hear other people's comments on a premium golf tour before committing? Read our testimonials page here.

 

Sunday Reading & Golf Travel

Sunday Reading & Golf Travel

It's Sunday morning New Zealand time here which means that the third round of the Open at Royal Birkdale has been completed and the players are now preparing themselves with a good nights sleep before their all important final round. Who will be the 2017 champion? Will Jordan Speith convert his lead or will someone else pull a magic round out of their hat and snatch victory? On Friday we asked you to hold onto your 3 iron, on Saturday your putter and today we say hold on to the edge of your seats as we wait to see the final round!

Golf Travel around the world is a great way to experience and appreciate first hand the true natural settings of a country. With so many courses built around a unique feature, playing on any overseas course with its memorable holes and beautiful natural settings will always remain in your mind. It might not be so much the golf that you experience though, it might be the service you receive from the course staff or it might be the on course luxury lodge or hotel where you are staying that stays etched in your mind, wanting to return again.

Today's Sunday reading to help whet your appetite for luxury golf travel is from Luxury Travel Magazine which has a list of and reviews of New Zealand luxury lodges. All luxury lodges in New Zealand are located close to a marquee golf course so ideal places to stay in while on a golf tour to New Zealand.

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

PGNZ International Golf Travel Destination Series!

PGNZ International Golf Travel Destination Series!

Another riveting round at the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. The course is providing challenges for everybody. Yesterday, we asked you to hold onto your 3 iron. Today we ask you to hold onto your putter! Who will give themselves a shot at winning on Sunday?

Every Saturday for the last three months we have been showcasing different regions of New Zealand as part of our collection of PGNZ Golf Weekend Getaways. See our full selection here and enquire now to book your golf weekend away.

Starting from next week however, we will be showcasing a new collection of 18 international golf travel destinations and premium golf tour packages, including our 2018 trip to the United Kingdom and the Open to be played at Carnoustie.

In the meantime, it's time to watch the highlights of Round 2 and get ready to watch Round 3 tomorrow (or overnight NZT!)

Royal Birkdale

Royal Birkdale

PGNZ Friday Par 5 The Open Quiz!

PGNZ Friday Par 5 The Open Quiz!

Have you been watching the first round of the Open? Wonderful to see the iconic Royal Birkdale course in full flight testing the skill and playing abilities of the world's golfing elite. The next three days are going to be gripping viewing! Hold on to your 3 iron!

Here is this week's PGNZ Par 5 Quiz dedicated to The Open! Good luck. If you can answer all the questions, contact us before Monday (July 24th 2017) and if you have the right answers, we will put you into the draw to win a set of PGNZ labelled Srixon golf balls.

Tee Shot: Which seaside town in Merseyside, England is the Royal Birkdale Golf Club located in?

Middle of the fairway: How many times, including this year, has the Open been played at Royal Birkdale.

(Alternative Albatross Shot: What year was the Open first played at Royal Birkdale?)

Approach shot: Who won the Open championship in 2016 and where is he from?

(Alternative Eagle putt:) What is the name of the New Zealand golfer who won the Open in 1963?

Birdie Putt: How many Par 5 holes are there in the back nine of the course?

Par Save: Where will the Open championship be played next year? (2018)

New Zealand Golf Courses

New Zealand Golf Courses

The world's greatest golfers are getting their practice rounds in before the Open! Who will take the first round lead? This is the tenth time the Open has been played at Royal Birkdale Golf Club, one of the UK's finest golf courses.

Keen to visit Royal Birkdale next year as part of a tour to the 2018 Open being played at Carnoustie? Check out our UK tours page here.

As we wait patiently for the first round to get underway we have been thinking about golf travel and how we can cater for our clients in the best possible way to meet their needs and desires. Some of the questions we get are as follows: What makes New Zealand unique? Where are the best courses to go to? What is the best way to get between courses and regions? What is the best food and wine to consume? Where is the best scenery. Here at PGNZ we have answers for all those questions - see our selection of New Zealand tours with more details here.

New Zealand has a wonderful selection of marquee golf courses that are ranked amongst the best in the world. Read about them here. Outside of these courses is another category called experience courses which are more closely linked with local communities but offer some pretty stunning golfing settings and experiences.

Terrace Downs - Experience Golf Course

Terrace Downs - Experience Golf Course

The country has more than 400 golf courses so there is a course or series of courses that will be perfect for your own premium golf tour to New Zealand. Whichever courses you play on though, you will find that you will be surrounded by some of the finest nature to be found anywhere on the planet. There is a reason why we call this country of ours paradise. 

Golf Tours

Golf Tours

We are getting closer to the first round of the Open! Exciting days ahead.

If you are interested in attending this iconic Majors tournament next year check out our UK Tours page. All our UK tours are led by our Director of Golf, NZPGA professional Haldane Lee.

Stay and play at Celtic Manor

Stay and play at Celtic Manor

Why choose us for your premium golf tour, either in New Zealand or around the world? We are experts in both golf and travel and use our many years of experience to curate bespoke and unique itineraries that will marvel, awe and delight. We are also members of the International Association of Golf Tourism Operators (www.iagto.com) and work with other members of the industry to make sure we adhere to best practice.

If you want to see what our clients have thought of our tours, read our testimonials page here.

We encourage all golf travellers to get in contact with us to discuss your golf travel requirements and we will work with you to create your personalised itinerary.

Tuesday Travel Thoughts

Tuesday Travel Thoughts

The claret jug has been returned to the R&A and now its time to get ready for four scintillating rounds at Royal Birkdale to find this years Open champion. Who will it be? Perhaps it will be a kiwi golfer?

Are you interested in some golf travel to New Zealand or around the world? Perhaps you're contemplating Queenstown and playing at the three big marquee courses of Millbrook, Jacks Point and The Hills. Or perhaps you are considering traveling next year to the US Masters, the Open or other major golfing events around the world. Here at PGNZ we can cater for all your golf travel needs.

Let us know where you would like to play and we can start arranging a premium golf tour for you!

New Zealand Golf Tours

New Zealand Golf Tours

Another Monday presents itself! The weeks, months and the year just seems to be going by so fast! 

This week is the Open week and it's going to be so much fun watching the world's elite compete at Royal Birkdale. Who do you think will be the 2017 Champion?

Are you interested in a New Zealand Golf Tour? Perhaps a stay and play package at one of New Zealand's fantastic luxury lodges. Or you might be looking for the ultimate experience and a 21 day golfing odyssey playing all of New Zealand's most famous marquee golf courses?

Here at PGNZ, we offer four standard packages around the country which you can view here. All our packages are bespoke and customised to suit the tastes and desires of our clients. Read our testimonials page to see what our clients think of their premium golf tours.

New Zealand has more than 400 golf courses plus numerous other travel destinations, sightseeing and activities that can be put together for your premium golf tour. Contact us today to start organising your golf tour to New Zealand!

The Par 3 7th at Windross Farm

The Par 3 7th at Windross Farm

Sunday Reading + Golf Travel

Sunday Reading + Golf Travel

Are you getting excited about the Open? A few days left to go and everybody is wondering who the 2017 champion will be. Who is your pick?

If you are interested in seeing the Open next year or in future years, check out our UK heritage tour page.

Travelling around the world to golf tournaments is a fantastic way to see and appreciate the beauty of another country. Here in New Zealand we have several major tournaments coming up including the McKayson New Zealand Womens Open which will be played at Windross Farm on September 28-October 1st.

For this week's Sunday reading we encourage you to find out more about Windross Farm by reading through their website.

The 18th at Windross Farm

The 18th at Windross Farm

PGNZ Golf Weekend Package

PGNZ Golf Weekend Package

The weekend is here and it is time for another of our PGNZ Golf Weekend Package showcases!

But before we get to that, we would like to bring your attention to a recently published article on CNN entitled "World's 18 most beautiful golf holes." It is no surprise that a New Zealand golf course appears on this list. The 7th hole at the spectacular Kauri Cliffs is featured at #4 on the list and shares company with other amazing holes such as the famous 7th hole at Pebble Beach, the 12th hole "Golden Bell" at Augusta and the 17th hole on the Old Course at St Andrews!

So this weekend's golf getaway is dedicated to a weekend away at the world class Kauri Cliffs, New Zealand's premier golfing destination. Recently named as the number one resort in New Zealand and Australia by Travel + Leisure, this exquisite property is the ultimate place to relax, enjoy and marvel.

Your weekend starts off in Auckland late Friday afternoon where you will start off with a glass of wine at The Hilton. You will then be transferred to a helipad and board your helicopter transfer which will take you north over beautiful rolling farmland, stunning views out across the pacific and along the coastlines and finally landing at Kauri Cliffs! Watch the video below to get a sense of this extraordinary property.

With your breath taken away by the sunset views, it is time to get yourself ready for a sumptious dinner and bottle(s) of wine in the Lodge. After sampling some of the finest cuisine in New Zealand, it is time to completely unwind before heading to bed and getting ready for the next day.

Waking up next morning, the views across the property from your room will continue to astound you. However it is time to be astounded by the golf course. The video below will help you to visualise the course.

You can be forgiven for spending more time on the course looking at the views or taking photos. It is a stunning golf course that will have you wanting to come back and play it again and again. Read more about the course and hole layout here.

Once you have finished your round, it is time to either relax in the Lodge with a round of drinks or treat yourself to some the spa with revitalising treatments. Alternatively you may wish to spend some time in the infinity pool admiring the views across the property.

Finish the day with another beautiful dinner and more wine in the Lodge before another wonderful nights sleep.

Sunday is your choice, either play another round on the course or choose from a selection of on property activities such as a scenic tour or a picnic lunch. Once finished it is time to board your helicopter ride back to Auckland and back to your home with thoughts on when you will next return to Kauri Cliffs.

Keen to spend a weekend away at Kauri Cliffs? Contact us today to start arranging your PGNZ Golf weekend getaway. 

* All packages are subject to availability and change.

PGNZ Friday Par 5 Quiz!

PGNZ Friday Par 5 Quiz!

Friday is here! Thank Golf It's Friday!

Are you an adventurous traveller keen to explore New Zealand's numerous golf courses or perhaps you are a kiwi golfer who is keen to play around the world. We offer tours in New Zealand and around the world so contact us today to begin your golf travel journey.

Here is this week's PGNZ Par 5 Quiz! All the answers can be found in our blog.

Tee off: What are some of the non-golf activities that we offer as part of our premium tour packages to New Zealand? (Hint: See the picture below!)

Marlborough Vineyards

Marlborough Vineyards

Middle of the fairway: Which course will the Open be played at this year?

(Alternative Albatross shot:) What is the Open trophy commonly referred to as?

Approach shot: How many weeks did one of our recent clients spend travelling around New Zealand playing golf? Hint: See her testimonial here.

(Alternative Eagle Putt:) What is the name of New Zealand's newest marquee golf course located in Wainui, north Auckland?

Birdie Putt: Which premier golfing destination was recently named as the number one resort in New Zealand and Australia by Travel + Leisure?

Par Save: How do you contact PGNZ to start booking your premium golf tour?

Golfing in The Winterless North!

Golfing in The Winterless North!

Thursday is here and New Zealand is experiencing a typical winter storm with snowfall blanketing much of the South Island and deluges of rain, hail and "golf ball trajectory affecting" winds battering the North Island.

However our enthusiasm for golf and golf tour arranging continues and we are getting excited for new clients of ours who have decided to come experience the stunningly beautiful golf courses that we have on offer here in New Zealand.

Several of our clients will be visiting Kauri Cliffs located in Matauri Bay, Northland. Kauri Cliffs is New Zealand's premier golfing destination. This exquisite 6000 acre property has just been named as the number one resort in New Zealand and Australia by Travel & Leisure

Located in the northern region of the North Island means that the climate is always relatively mild during the colder months and hence the reference to the Winterless North! Kauri Cliffs is the perfect golfing resort to visit anytime of the year. Watch the video below to begin appreciating the magic of this truly wonderful place.

The perfect place to base yourself for a week or two, there are many other activities, golf courses and places to visit while in Northland. Contact us today to start organising your premium golf tour to New Zealand and the winterless north!

Epic Golf Travel Journeys

Epic Golf Travel Journeys

Wednesday is here and we're onto the back "three" headed for the weekend! Which part of New Zealand will we be showcasing on Saturday as part of our collection of luxury golf weekend getaways? See our selection here.

Are you considering or planning your golf tour to New Zealand? If you are intending on coming during the busy tourist season at the end of the year, it is best to book early to ensure that you won't miss out. We offer a number of tours around the country which you can view here.

Every tour or trip to a new country is a new experience that is often filled with excitement and new discoveries. In terms of excitement, do you actively plan for it or do you wait for it to appear? In order to enjoy and make the most of your time, it is important that you are doing the things you want to do and here at PGNZ we like to work with our clients to customise their tours to allow them to gain the maximum amount of excitement and enjoyment.

Recently we organised an epic 6 week tour for one of our clients who wished to see the natural beauty of New Zealand while playing golf. Read her testimonial here. Working with her to understand what she wanted and enjoyed the most helped us to put together a comprehensive itinerary that saw her play golf on 18 spectacular golf courses around the country.

If you are after an epic golf travel journey that is full of excitement, enjoyment and new discoveries, contact us now to start planning.

The road to new golf courses, new experiences and discoveries.

The road to new golf courses, new experiences and discoveries.

Tuesday Travel Thoughts

Tuesday Travel Thoughts

Kia ora koutou! How has your week started? Are you beginning to get excited about the Open, this year's edition to be played at Royal Birkdale! 10 days until the first round. Who is your pick to hold up the Claret Jug?

Are you considering golf travel? Are you thinking about where to go? Naturally we encourage all golfers to undertake a premium golf tour to New Zealand that will include world class golf courses, luxury accommodation, stunning food and wine, stunning views, luxurious transport and unique experiences that are only found in New Zealand, such as a Maori cultural experience.

However we also know that the world is a big place with many golf courses in many different countries. To cater for our fellow Kiwis who want to see the world, one golf course at a time, we offer a number of golf tours around the world. Whether you want to see one of the Majors golf tournaments in the US or the UK or you want to play in some exotic destinations such as under Mt Kilimanjaro or in the midnight sun of the Arctic circle, we work with our IAGTO partners to create itineraries and unique tours for our outbound clients.

Contact us today to see how we can help you realise your golf travel dreams. You will never know what you might be missing out on until you take the step!

Which course in which country will you be driving a cart on?

Which course in which country will you be driving a cart on?

Unique Golf Travel Experiences

Unique Golf Travel Experiences

Did you have a good weekend and more importantly, did you get to play golf? We are very excited as we "tee off" on another week of golf tour planning and helping our clients to realise their golf travel dreams.

Are you interested in a premium golf tour to New Zealand? Often we get asked the question "Why should I go to New Zealand", and for our European clients who live on the other side of the world, it is a good question that requires answering before committing time and money!

New Zealand is a country that offers anything and everything for all travelers, whatever budget they may be on. Many of our clients prefer luxury accommodation and New Zealand delivers on that with many luxury lodges and country estates that are either Relais & Chateaux affiliated or have been qualmark approved. When on a tour to another country, it is important to have comfortable and secure accommodation. This allows you to appreciate the beautiful surroundings that many of these lodges are located in, the chance to indulge in spa and relaxation activities while in an exclusive and private setting.

If you're going to play golf in another country, then the courses need to be of a world class standard and that also is what New Zealand delivers on. Many of New Zealand's marquee courses are ranked in the top 100-200 of the world and many of them designed by renowened designers such as Tom Doak or Jack Nicklaus. With over 400 courses in the country, there is real variance in the locations of these courses allowing for seaside links style courses, to alpine links, to geothermal golfing experiences, to cliffside golf course extravaganzas to idyllic countryside hidden gem courses! The views are always distracting and help to create vivid memories.

While some people come here purely for the golf, New Zealand offers so much more and we offer amongst many other things, the following to accompany the golf experiences:

  • Winery tours
  • fly fishing for salmon & trout or deep sea fishing for marlin and big game fish
  • scenic helicopter rides to active volcanoes or over stunning scenic landscapes
  • luxury transport between destinations - helicopters, chartered flights, executive level vehicles; all available as part of a tour
  • unique Maori cultural experiences
  • festivals and major sporting or cultural events

Combining all the above is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to organising your own personalised bespoke premium golf tour to New Zealand. Want to see what other people are saying - check out our testimonials page here

We are here to help you realise your golf travel dreams so feel free to contact us today to start organising your very own unique golf travel experiences tour to New Zealand.

Sunday Reading & Golf Travel

Sunday Reading & Golf Travel

Can you imagine yourself in the picture below playing golf in beautiful New Zealand?

The memorable views at Kauri Cliffs

The memorable views at Kauri Cliffs

PGNZ Golf Weekend Getaway

PGNZ Golf Weekend Getaway

Saturday morning has arrived!

Are you looking for a relaxing golf holiday to get away from the hustle and bustle of our modern fast paced world? Perhaps a chance to reconnect with nature and get some perspective on what matters most? See our recent Instagram posting for more details.

To get away from it all, this weekend we are headed to Palmerston North in the Manawatu Region! South of the central plateau and its iconic three volcanoes and north of the country's capital region of Wellington, Manawatu is a picturesque region with much to offer, do, see and consume!

Begin your premium golf weekend with an afternoon Friday flight to Palmerston North airport and pick up your hire vehicle for the weekend. A short 12 minute drive will bring to you your luxury accommodation for the weekend - Hiwinui Country Estate, a qualmark approved luxury boutique lodge. Check in and get ready for a sumptious meal and a bottle or two of wine from Martinborough.

After an excellent night's sleep, it is time to play golf. Located on the banks of the Manawatu River, the Manawatu Golf Club claims the title of New Zealand's oldest club. A delightful course that has something for all golfers, this course has hosted many major New Zealand golfing events.

After the obligatory celebratory drinks at the 19th (Hokowhitu Cafe & Bar), it is time to return to Hiwinui for a relaxing afternoon and evening. Treat yourself to the extensive offering in their day spa!

Sunday is a free day to explore in and about Manawatu before returning your vehicle at the airport and heading home.

What a fantastic weekend awaits you. Enquire now to secure your fantastic golf weekend package to Manawatu!

* All golf weekend getaways are subject to availability

PGNZ Friday Par5 Quiz

PGNZ Friday Par5 Quiz

Welcome to another Friday! How has your week progressed? Are you excited for the weekend? We will be showcasing a new region of New Zealand tomorrow as part of our ongoing collection of premium golf weekend getaways. See our full selection here.

Here is this week's PGNZ Friday Par5 Quiz with a few pictures thrown in. If you think you can answer all the questions correctly - let us know via our contact page.

Tee Shot: What major tournament will be played at Windross Farm September 28-October 1st?

Windross Farm

Windross Farm

Middle of the Fairway: How many golf courses are there in New Zealand?

(Alternative Albatross Shot) Which country has more?

The Par 4 2nd Hole at Wainui Golf Club

The Par 4 2nd Hole at Wainui Golf Club

Approach Shot: Which premier golf destination located in Northland was designed by David Harman?

(Alternative Eagle Shot: What is the name of this premier golf destination's sister property in the Hawkes Bay?)

The stunning view at K..... C.....

The stunning view at K..... C.....

Birdie Putt: Which golf course in Taupo is New Zealand's only Jack Nicklaus Signature course?

Beautiful New Zealand golf course

Beautiful New Zealand golf course

Par Save: What does PGNZ stand for?