Central North Island

A trip to New Zealand would not be complete without leaving the more populated city-centers and experiencing the abundant natural scenery the country has to offer inland. 

The center of the North Island is known for being the home of heart-racing adventure experiences (mountain biking, downhill luge, white water rafting, etc.) in addition to spas which feature relaxation opportunities in naturally-heated thermal pools. 

Golfing in this region can range from top courses along Lake Taupo in addition to seaside tracks.

Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

#16 "World's 100 Greatest Courses" - Golf Digest, 2016

Kinloch Club

This Nicklaus design offers views of both surrounding mountain ranges and Lake Taupo and will challenge even the best golfers in the world.

Wairakei Golf Course & Sanctuary

The first world-renown course in New Zealand, this quintessential Kiwi forest course features a pre-European natural surrounding in the middle of a wildlife sanctuary.

Rotorua Golf Club

Active thermal pools complete with bubbling mud make this 'experience course' unique to New Zealand. Golfers looking to appreciate a piece of New Zealand outside of the super-luxury will understand why Rotorua continues to draw both Kiwi and visitor alike.

Customer reviews

It was a trip of a lifetime with truly unique beauty not found anywhere else. A New Zealand trip requires a specialist who knows the lay of the land the unique challenges of traveling and sight-seeing there.

The country looks a lot smaller than it really is, and travel times are longer than one can assume.

The route chosen by Cristina helped us maximize our time there. I’m usually a do it yourself traveler, but for this trip I’m sure glad I had Cristina at Best of New Zealand.

—Dawn Paling, Highland Ranch, CO

Highlights Of The Trip: Getting off the plane in Queenstown – overwhelmed with the beauty. The boat ride in Queenstown to experience the expansiveness.

The drive from Queenstown to Franz Joseph - the mountains and glacier lakes that went on forever. Our lunch spot that day at a campsite on a lake. Abel Tasman: this is where I want to return and spend a week to hike the entire trail. Spent the day biking in Napier to wineries.

—Mary Jean Seyda, Chapel Hill, NC